The Many Medicinal Uses of Sage
Sage is well known for its use as a seasoning in such foods as sausages, stuffing and many soups. Sage is more than just a flavoring agent. It has medicinal properties as well, and it can be used to alleviate numerous ailments.
Sage contains camphor and phenolic acids, both of which are antibacterial. It also contains thujone, an antiseptic, and tannins, which have astringent properties. Sage is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties. With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder that sage is a favorite of herbalists.
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Sage for Problems of the Mouth and Throat
Sage is great for sores in the mouth and for sore throats. Gargling with sage tea mixed with apple cider vinegar and salt can provide relief for a sore throat. Rinsing the mouth with sage tea will help heal mouth sores. Adding a bit of chamomile will make the tea even more soothing.
Sage for Wounds
Sage compresses can be beneficial for most wounds. They were used in ancient times to relieve snakebites. Sage’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a good treatment for cuts and abrasions. It is also said to be great for reducing the pain associated with bruises.
Sage for Digestive Problems
Sage is great for settling the stomach. It can also provide relief from flatulence. When consumed in moderation, sage is even said to help lower blood sugar. If you are diabetic it is important to discuss this use with your doctor.
Bathing in Sage
Putting sage in your bath can have numerous benefits. Sage is effective against skin ulcerations and rashes. It has been used to treat dandruff. Those suffering from stiffness of the muscles or joint aches and pains can benefit from soaking in a sage bath. As a bonus, the scent of sage can act as an insect repellent.
Sage for the Mind
Herbal aids are often used to increase mental alertness. Sage is often an ingredient in these and it can also be used on its own for the same purpose. Studies have also shown that sage can improve memory. It is thought that it may protect chemicals in the brain that are destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease.
Other Medicinal Properties
Sage has been used against many other ailments. Those suffering from menopause often use sage to combat excessive sweating associated with hot flashes. Acne, hypertension, colds and headaches are a few of the other things that people use sage for.
Using sage to combat health problems can save you money and prevent you from suffering the side effects associated with many modern medicines. Sage can easily be grown right in your garden, making it convenient and accessible. The many uses of sage make it well worth the small amount of time spent growing and caring for it. Note: Sage can dry up breastmilk so it is a good choice for a mom who is weaning, but shouldn’t be taken in large doses by a breastfeeding mother.