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