Native to Europe, sage is an aromatic shrub that offers several species with medicinal properties. There is white, maroon, black, red and holy Roman sage. Today it is most easily found in Central and South America. Sage is generally used in alternative medicine, cooking and cosmetics. Uses of sage are many and thanks to its benefits, it is considered a safe plant for consumption. It should not be consumed in excess as it can cause allergic responses and in some cases seizures. The most common use of sage is in form of infusion; boil fresh leaves in water for 10-20 minutes and drink warm.
The infusion of sage is used successfully in cases of vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence. There have also been cases in which sage effectively acted to treat heartburn, hiatal hernia and gastritis.
Among the benefits of sage is the reduction of inflammatory processes in cases of arthritis, rheumatism, sore throat and muscle aches.
Three to four cups of sage tea, especially after meals, relieves bad breath. It also helps control gingivitis. Some also use fresh leaves of the plant, rubbing directly on teeth, gums and tongue.
Among the benefits of sage is the relief of menstrual cramps, fluid retention and the symptoms of menopause. Although it has been said that it encourages female fertility, no scientific studies substantiate these claims. However, it has been reported successful in treating sweating due to menopause and menstrual discomfort, especially in cases of irregular periods.
Another benefit of sage is the relief of irritability and anxiety. The infusion of sage promotes calm in mental and emotional state and promotes a deep sleep, which is also used in cases of insomnia.
Sage helps reduce the level of blood sugar when its infusion is taken daily. It has been used effectively in cases of diabetes, but it is always recommended to consult a doctor before it can be used to avoid drug interactions.
The benefits of sage include antiseptic properties. The externally used (directly or as an oil or infusion) prevents skin infections and aids healing.
Sage is also used to relieve mental exhaustion, tiredness, apathy, depression and in some cases, it promotes mental clarity.
Strengthening of Immune System
The benefits of sage include protection against respiratory problems and relieving cold symptoms and pharyngitis.
It is always advisable to consult with health professionals before eating and recommends that pregnant women and nursing, as well as children under 7 not consumed.
It is used with special care in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Always consult your doctor before taking these infusions and it is recommended to always start with low doses and observe the reaction.