Sage has been regarded as an invaluable tool for healing among traditional populations for centuries. The popular medieval saying, “Why should a man die when sage grows in his garden?” indicates how versatile and potent this remedy is known to be. Today, herbalists will often choose sage for a formula to promote healthy digestion of fatty foods, mental alertness, healthy menses, to mitigate night sweats, migraines, rheumatic pains, dandruff, and excessive perspiration.
Sage is also a classic herb to soothe irritations and soreness of the throat, which is typically where symptoms of sickness begin. Sage, or Salvia officinalis, is in the Lamiaceae family and has a formidable array of constituents that battle bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Additionally, sage is very astringent, making it perhaps the best herbal balm for swollen glands.
Have you ever found yourself wondering at the middle or end stage of a cold if that mucus will ever clear and leave you alone? It can be so tenacious that it seems it will never move out! (Recently been there myself.) Call upon sage to be your champion of restoring healthy mucus. The essential oils are reputed to encourage the lovely effects of mucus reducing, thinning, and clearing.
Congestion in the sinus cavity is another pesky problem that can show up before or after a respiratory infection, or occur chronically on its own. The pain and discomfort there is from a lot of swelling and all that thick, sticky mucus. Sage can be a supporting ally in these situations as well.
There are so many ways to enjoy and be healthy with sage! Its power is not to be dismissed. Please note that it is contraindicated in large doses during pregnancy, while nursing, or if you have epilepsy, high blood pressure, or kidney disease.
Christina Bertelli, CCH
Certified Clinical Herbalist
Feminine Ecology Educator