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6 Health Benefits Of Sage And How You Can Use It At Home
Sage is one of the most common and well known culinary plants but just because you add it to your roast meals does not make it any less therapeutic! The health benefits of sage are numerous and wide ranging, so we have compiled a list of benefits and different ways you can use sage as part of your everyday.
What is sage good for?
6 Health Benefits of Sage
1. Excessive Sweating
This is a weird health benefit you might not associate with sage, but it's true! Sage can help with excessive sweating that can occur with changes in hormones or for those of us that struggle with excessive perspiration. In a number of open studies sage has reduced sweat production in patients with a condition called hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). The dose that was recommended was 2.6 to 4.5g of leaf.
Sage can also be benefical in helping with night sweats or sweating that stems from perimenopause/menopause. Sage has been traditionally used to help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flushes and sweating. This was confirmed in a 2011 study, which used sage to support night sweats. This showed that there was a significant decrease of 50% within 4 weeks and 64% within 8 weeks by taking sage. This is one of the reasons we use sage in our Hormone Balance, a daily tonic for perimenopause and PMS support.
2. Nervous Exhaustion
Another health benefit of sage is that it can be helpful for nervous exhaustion, nervous tension and headaches. This might sound odd as sage is not often associated with helping the nervous system but the volatile oils can help bind to our GABA receptors which means it can help with increasing our feeling of wellbeing. It also then helps induce more relaxed feelings which can help with anxious feelings. All of this then contributes to reducing nervous tension and exhaustion. So if you are stressed sage is a great option to consider.
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Sage is great if you suffer from reflux because its health benefits extend to helping calm the digestive system and reducing cramping! In Germany the Commission E supports using sage to treat dyspeptic symptoms. The oil components of this plant helps relax the digestive system which can reduce spasms, or cramping and help reduce reflux.
4. Improving Memory
Another incredible health benefit of sage is that it is helpful for improving memory and senses. Sage can help us remember things more efficiently (similar to how rosemary works as well). Sage was used with Alzheimer's patients suffering with mild to moderate symptoms. After 4 months of use they showed significant mood and memory improvement with no side effects. This may be due to sage’s antioxidant actions.
5. Sage is good for sore throats
The ESCOP (European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy) recommends sage leaf for helping with inflammation and infection of both the mouth and the throat. But the oral health benefits of sage don’t stop there as it is also helpful for gingivitis and sore throats, as well as gastritis. Topical use of a sage throat spray in clinical trials have been positive with it showing it can significantly relieve the pain of acute sore throats.
6. Sage is antibacterial
Sage is also well known for its antibacterial and antiseptic actions. The volatile oils have been found to help inhibit bacterial organism growth especially in the mouth and gums. This is why we use sage in our Throat Spray. Often ‘bugs’ enter your body via your respiratory system (first through our mouth/nose). So, if you can stop it travelling further then it can help reduce the chances of you getting sick.
Our Throat Spray can also help with mouth health, especially if you experience sore teeth, swollen gums, or gingivitis. Sage, along with thyme, and propolis help reduce inflammation as well as imparting antibacterial properties. Our spray is also great as a mouth freshener (we have also snuck in peppermint, cinnamon, and orange peel). These all have therapeutic benefits as well as giving our spray an amazing taste.
How to use sage at home
Here are some unique and creative ways you can see the health benefits of sage for yourself at home:
Make a sage gargle
Use as a digestive bitter
Make your own sage tincture
Compress for wounds
Sage hair spray for dandruff
1 Hot infusion - A simple way to start to use sage and utilise all its health benefits is to make a hot infusion. Take 1 teaspoon of dried sage or one tablespoon or chopped fresh and 150ml hot water. Leave the mixture to cool with a plate on top to catch all the volatile oils. Once cool you can use this as a gargle if you have an irritated throat or gums.
2 Digestive bitter - If you have fresh sage in the garden you can chew the fresh leaves for a digestive bitter stimulant. Or you could add it to salad dressings to help support more efficient digestion.
3 - Sage tincture - Make your own sage tincture with the folk method. Take a 250ml jar and fill it half way with dried sage and top with 40% alcohol (vodka is a good neutral choice). If you using fresh, chop the sage and fill to 3/4 of the jar and top with alcohol. Label with the current date and also add a date 4 weeks in the future (this is when you will strain the tincture to use). After straining, bottle the tincture and label it. Start with 1 teaspoon a day. It can be used used for hot sweats or excessive sweating that can occur in perimenopause or menopause as well as adding an immune boost to your hot drinks.
4 Wound compress - Follow the same instruction above for a hot sage infusion. Once it has cooled you can soak clean bandages or cloths in the tea and use it as a compress on wounds that need some support to heal.
5 Hair spray - With your strong cooled sage infusion add it to a bottle or a clean spray bottle and use it as a hair rinse or spray for dandruff. It also helps to give hair a lovely shine.