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Meet the Medicine: Sage

Latin Name: Salvia officinalis

Herb Class/Action: Carminative, Astringent, Antibacterial, Antigalactic

Parts Used: Aerial herb in budding sage

Flavors: Bitter, pungent, aromatic

Energetics: Warming, drying

Benefits: skin health support, gut health support, lymphatic system support, liver support, digestive support, immune support, neuromuscular support, women’s menopausal health support

For generations my Native American people have used Sage to help with clearing energies and heal illnesses. Our ceremonial plant is now commonly used for smudging. However, traditionally used as a bitter tea to help rid extreme toxins. Sage tea has been traditionally used for the treatment of digestive and circulation disturbances, bronchitis, cough, asthma, angina, mouth and throat inflammations, depression, excessive sweating, skin diseases, and many other diseases. Salvia essential oils have been used in the treatment of a wide range of diseases like those of the nervous system, heart and blood circulation, respiratory system, digestive system, and metabolic and endocrine diseases. In addition, sage essential oil has been shown to have carminative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, and astringent properties.

The medicinal properties provide relief to pain, while protecting the body against oxidative stress, free radical damages, angiogenesis, inflammation, bacterial and virus infection, etc.. The analysis of a comprehensive study is ongoing to provide public results of the botanical, chemical, and pharmacological aspects of sage (Saliva).

Antioxidants play a very important role in protecting the body against the oxidative stress and free radical induced damages which are the cause of various ailments such as diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, brain dysfunction, weakened immune system, etc. In a study of drinking common sage daily it showed an increase in antioxidant defenses and improved the lipid profile, without causing any hepatotoxicity or inducing any adverse affects such as changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and body weight, which may indirectly improve the diabetic condition. However, a longterm and larger dosing use can be toxic.

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