The Wisdom of Sage: 7 Special Medicinal Properties
Native to the Mediterranean world and one of the healthiest herbs that can be found and harvested around the world, alternative medical experts rave about the medicinal benefits of sage.
Known by its medical name as Salvia Officinalis, sage is indeed a pungent tasting healer known to the world from the days of Ancient Romans and Greeks. It was believed to be a heal-all herb that could be used for any medical ailments. 10th century Arabs believed sage extended life, making one nearly immortal.
What were some maladies these ancients used sage for?
• Venereal disease
Ancient Egyptians are said to have used it to increase fertility in women while promoting menstruation. The Chinese were known to have traded three times the amount of sage received for their green tea. Sage is also a great insect repellent and lovely perfume.
Modern studies have their own reasons to love sage as well, of course:
1. Amazing Antioxidant: A four week treatment using sage tea found that there was an improvement in the lipids in the body, antioxidant defenses and general health of the person. Sage tea has been shown to drastically improve liver antioxidant potential.
2. Defeating Diabetes: Replacing water with sage tea lowered glucose levels in mice in a particular study looking at the plant’s effects on diabetes. The conclusion was that sage is a great food supplement that can prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus by lowering plasma glucose in patients. The rats also showed an increased sensitivity to insulin.
3. Gouging Gingivitis: Sage helps kill the bacteria in the gums, reducing inflammation and controlling gingivitis. Gargling sage tea or adding the herb extract to mouthwash will help ensure a healthy mouth. Using sage leaves to rub against your teeth will cause them to whiten.
4. Alleviating Alzheimer’s: Four months on sage tea was shown to cause significant improvement in cognitive function. More research is definitely necessary to figure out how this is possible but it’s safe to say that adding sage tea to current treatments will do more good than without.
5. Eradicating Erythema: When it comes to this rash style skin condition, a topical treatment of sage has been shown to work wonders, alongside lemon balm, slippery elk, etc. One study has shown sage extract treatment to have a similar result as hydrocortisone, drastically reducing inflammation.
6. Soothing Stress: One study looking at sage effects on healthy individuals has shown that a single dosage reduced stress considerably and drastically improved mood, which in turn affects one’s cognitive abilities. Sage intake before school or work sounds like a great idea, with these results.
7. Massaging Muscles: A quarter cup of dried sage leaves in a warm bath will soothe aching muscles. Have the water run through a cheesecloth bundle of sage and strawberry leaves, let it steep, squeeze and remove before climbing in and enjoying the natural massage to your sore joints and muscles.
Note: Too much fresh sage can cause convulsions, but those toxins which produce the adverse effects called thujone are dissipated when the sage is cooked. Sage is a natural uterine stimulant and is recommended to steer clear of while pregnant. These side effects cannot override the medicinal properties of sage, however.