Sage has a many uses both culinary and
medicinal. It contains an oil that reduces perspiration, it relieves sore throats and
gums, cleanse wounds and aid digestion.
How It May Benefit You...
Take internally for:
- and to stem lactation or reduce the night
sweats of menopause.
Use as a mouthwash or gargle for:
- mouth and throat infections,
- inflammations, and ulcers, including canker
- bleeding gums,
- sore throats,
- and tonsillitis.
Apply externally for:
- bacterial infections in wounds; insect bites.
Drinking the tea may inflame the lips and
mouth lining. Sage contains the toxic chemical which can lead to convulsions if taken in
high doses. However, the heat of cooking or preparing an infusion reduces toxicity. Sage
oil should not be consumed.
Sage is best avoided by persons with
epilepsy or who are pregnant.
Available as tinctures, prepared tea, or
dried or fresh leaves.