Information on Sage

Latin NameSalvia officinalis
Other NamesGarden sage.
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small short-lived evergreen shrubby perennial growing to two feet with white, wooly stems and oblong leaves and violet blue flowers. Native to the Mediterranean region.
DescriptionSage is used as a wash for mouth sores, gum problems, sore throats, and tonsillitis. As a tea, sage is drunk to reduce perspiration and to dry up mother's milk. Sage makes a good addition to cold and flu formulas. The powdered herb and its extracts are added to natural commercial anti-perspirant formulas.

Sage has a taste of SPICY, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Sage

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Throat, sore--acuteastringent, antiseptictea as a gargle and internally
Tonsils, infected--acutedecongestant, antibacterialtea, capsule
Cough, acuteexpectorant, decongestanttea, tincture
Perspiration, excessivedrying agenttea, powder
Hoarsenessstimulates blood flow to the throat, relaxes membranes, antibacterialtea, lozenge


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