Salvia, from the Latin “ to heal”, has a long history of medicinal use. In ancient times sage was once believed to promote longevity, with Arab physicians of around the 10th Century believing sage extended life to the point of immortality. Roman healers prescribed sage for snakebites, epilepsy and chest ailments, with Chinese and Ayuredic physicians both using sage to treat insomnia, depression, gastrointestinal distress, eye disorders, menstrual complaints and nipple inflammation in nursing mothers.
A bushy evergreen with aromatic silvery green leaves and deep purple flowers which blossom in spring, Sage is a rich source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C and B-complex, with sage leaves containing tannins, volatile oil, saponins, steroids and bitter principals.
The bitter constituents in Sage leaves help stimulate sluggish stomach activity, aid the digestion of rich foods, and can be used in the treatment of loss of appetite, flatulence, gastritis, bloating and dyspepsia.
The combined astringent, antiseptic and bitter properties in the leaves make sage a valuable remedy for mucosal inflammations, with gargles and mouthwashes used to treat a wide range of conditions affecting the oral mucosa. Fresh sage leaves rubbed regularly will help strengthen gums and maintain oral hygiene.
Sage was once a popular remedy for the relief of night sweats common with tuberculosis, with recent studies supporting the use of sage to relieve excessive perspiration. Sage is commonly used by modern herbalists to soothe and regulate hormonal hot flushes.
Sage tea helps restore circulatory and digestive function in debility and convalescence, and is also useful as a brain and nerve tonic to enhance memory and treat dementia.
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