Herbs & Natural Foods for Health

Sage

Scientific Name - Salvia officinalis

Properties - Astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-diarreheal, antidiaphoretic, carminative, tonic, wound healing

Common Uses - Drink in tea for colds, flu, coughs, to soothe a sore throat, or to aid digestion. Sage is believed to lower blood sugar in diabetics. It is a common component of herbal teas to relieve menstrual cramping. Works together with rosemary as a natural preservative for foods. Used in herbal antiperspirant preparations. Historically used in poultices to stop bleeding and aid in healing.

Parts Used - Leaves

Locating & Handling - Purchase fresh or dried at a grocery store. Available in teas at health food stores.

Caution - Do not use in large amounts for long periods of time, due to thujone content.

Origin - Mediterranean region


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