Sage herb (Salvia officinalis) is from the Lamiaceae family, which is part of the mint family and it is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a strongly flavored perennial medicinal herb which has hairy leaves and a grayish green color and it is used for almost all ailments. Currently, the Native Indians still rely on the herbal powers that lies in this plant. The ancient Greek and Romans used it to preserve meat. The primary parts used as herbal medicine are the leaves.
The common names are Common sage, Garden sage, Sage, Meadow sage, True sage and Salvia officinalis.
The constituents are essential oil,vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, camphor, rosmarinic acid, luteolin, pinene, borneol, linalool, thujone, flavonoids, tannins, oestrogenic and also triterpenoid saponins.
The medicinal properties are aromatic, nervine, digestive, vulnerary, stimulant, laxative, emmenagogue, cholagogue, astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, carminative, depurative and tonic.
The health benefits of this medicinal herb is numerous. It is used for sore throats, sore mouth, stomach troubles, dyspepsia, biliousness, gas, liver troubles, kidney troubles, lung troubles, measles, and smallpox. It aids in toning a person's skin tone.
Sage medicinal herb will expel worms, remedy female troubles, and asthma. It can be used as a hair rinse to soften the hair as well as to darken the hair.
This is one of the memory-enhancing plants that was always grown in my grandmother's garden. No wonder her memory was so sharp because of its excellent remedy for failing memory.
It is known as an antiseptic medicine in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. It helps the stomach to digest fats and remove all impurities from the intestines. It is grown in the United States but is also grown in Albania and Dalmatia.
In history, it has always been an healing herb and it is a culinary herb that is now used in kitchens worldwide. The word Sage means salvation, derived from its Latin origin and it is associated with longevity, immortality, and mental capacity. It is added to many soaps and perfumes and it has been used in insect repellents.
Just like any other drug it can cause a physiological change in the body's system. If it is consumed for too long then it may tamper with the natural healing process of the body. Be reminded that the purpose of herbs is to return balance to the body so that there will be no need to use medicine.
Boil three tablespoon of sage herb and consume two times per day.
Updated January 31, 2016
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