Medicinal uses for Sage
Sage is more readily known and used in cooking poultry and pork recipes . Sage is a native of the Mediterranean and for thousands of years, sage has also been used for medicinal uses and for it's essential oil. Sage has antispasmodic, antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial and astringent properties and people have used it for everything from menopause to a solution to gargle with.
Sage is said to be very good for the lowering blood sugar. Some people have difficulty drinking a tea made of sage. If it's too strong, sage capsules are easy to swallow for internal use. If capsules aren't available, the tea can be made by mixing one teaspoon of sage with a glass of hot water. The sage can be placed directly into the cup or a tea ball. Allow to steep for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger it will be. Pour through a strainer to remove the sage if it was placed directly into the cup.
Sage is said to be an antiseptic and analgesic which can help you with the healing process of cuts, as well as the resulting pain.
A compress can be made by dipping a clean washcloth in cold tea and applying to the wound.
For women who are trying to discontinue breastfeeding, sage tea has been used to help reduce lactation. Sage has also been used for women to help reduce symptoms of menopause, as well as those suffering from irregular menstrual bleeding and cramping. If taken in large medicinal amounts, sage could stimulate the uterus to the point of a miscarriage so it is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Sage is acceptable to use for cooking because less is used to flavor food than for medicinal uses.
Sages many uses
Sage has been used to effectively cure liver and kidney ailments. It has the ability to help reduce headaches and fever. The Chinese use sage to aid those with a weak digestive system by drinking sage in it's tea form. The tea is also used as an effective mouthwash and gargling solution because of it's antiseptic qualities. Adding it to toothpaste can help to reduce tooth decay and plaque. It helps to reduce fatigue and lethargy, and can be used as a general pain reliever to help with joint aches and pains.
As with anything you are considering using for medicinal purposes, please seek the advice of an herbalist or physician before taking. Some herbs can interact poorly with medications and it is best to have permission from your doctor before using.