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Sage Herb Health Benefits

Sage is an herb that has been held in high regard right through history both for its culinary and medicinal properties. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world.

 

Like most culinary herbs, sage is thought to be a digestive aid and appetite stimulant. You can use it to reduce gas in the intestines and, as it also is antispasmodic, to relieve abdominal cramps and bloating.

 

The properties that help dry up milk, as well as sage’s reported cooling action, also make it useful for treating diarrhoea, colds, and excessive perspiration.

 

It may be of value for menopausal hot flashes accompanied by profuse perspiration. Sage can dry up phlegm, and you can gargle with the tea to treat coughs and tonsil or throat infections.

 

It was used by herbalists externally to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding. Internally, a tea made from sage leaves has had a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs; often by gargling.

 

It was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding. It was particularly noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses.

 

Sage has an anti-spasmodic action which reduces tension in smooth muscle, and it can be used in a steam inhalation for asthma attacks.

 

It is an excellent remedy for helping to remove mucous congestion in the airways and for checking or preventing secondary infection.

 

It may be taken as a carminative to reduce griping and other symptoms of indigestion, and is also of value in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea.

 

Its bitter component stimulates upper digestive secretions, intestinal mobility, bile flow, and pancreatic function, while the volatile oil has a carminative and stimulating effect on the digestion.

 

Sage herb parts have many notable plant-derived chemical compounds, essential oils, minerals, vitamins that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

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