Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Family: Lamiaceae (mint)

Genus: Salvia

Common names include garden sage, common sage, culinary sage

Comes from the Latin word salvere meaning “to feel well and healthy, health, heal”

Energetics: warming, drying

Taste: pungent, bitter

Plant Properties: aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, antiseptic, blood moving

Plant Uses: Sore throat, excessive sweating, infections, stagnant digestion, type 2 diabetes, hot flashes, toothaches, sore muscles, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease

Sage has been approved by the Commission E in the treatment for dyspeptic symptoms, excessive perspiration, and inflammation of the mucous membranes of nose and throat. Sage has been reported as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, astringent, secretion-promoting, and perspiration-inhibiting herb.

Plant Preparations: Tea, culinary, tincture, tooth powder, facial steam, essential oil

Digestion

Promotes digestion and eases painful gas and bloating, moves stagnant digestion, and relieves intestinal cramping

Astringent

Tightens and tones tissues, especially tissues that have become lax, lost their tone, or have become swollen

Relieves pain from mouth ulcers, canker sores, bleeding gums, and cold sores

Used as a tooth powder or in mouthwash recipes

Colds and the Flu

Mainly used to treat sore throats, the astringent properties bring relief to swollen tissues and the antimicrobial properties address the infection

Clinical trials done comparing sage and echinacea extracts with a spray made of the antiseptic chlorhexidine and the anesthetic lidocaine

Can aid in discomforts associated with fevers (cold and shivering) and congestion in the lungs

Dosage

Tea: 1-2 grams, 2-3 times per day

Tincture: 1.5-2 ml, 3 times per day

Considerations

Avoid large amounts when pregnant

Will dry up milk flow

Recipe

Sore Throat Gargle soothe a sore throat

1 tablespoon dried sage leaves

1-2 tablespoons salt

A pinch of cayenne powder (optional)

½ cup apple cider vinegar

Pour ½ cup boiling water of the dried sage, cover, and steep for 30 -45 minutes

Strain and add sea salt and cayenne, stir until dissolved

Add apple cider vinegar

Gargle 1-2 teaspoons every 1/2-1 hour

Sage Steam clear sinuses and loosen congestion in the lungs

1 cup fresh sage leaves or ½ cup dried

2 cups water

Large bowl

Towel

Heat the water to a boil

Place sage leaves in a large bowl and pour boiling water over them

Sit down in front of the bowl and drape the towel over your head and the bowl

Close your eyes and takes deep breaths through your nose for as long as you’d like (up to 15 minutes)

Adjust your positioning if the steam is too hot

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Sage Honey

Simply add fresh chopped sage leaves to honey and allow to infuse for a few weeks or enjoy right away

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Sage Tea

Drink sage tea with honey and lemon to soothe a sore throat and stimulate sweating

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