Sage: #herbalmedicine for the wise and wonderful

By | 19th January 2016

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Use #Sage to aid memory, fight #Alzheimer’s disease and be healthy. The use of Sage, Latin name: Salvia officinalis, as herbal medicine goes back to Ancient Egyptian times when it was used as a fertility drug. The Greek physician Dioscordes recorded that it stops bleeding and infection in wounds and ulcers. It has always been used as a remedy for coughs, colds, and sore throats. It’s effect on hormones makes it a herb of choice for female hormonal imbalances. It is a tonic for the digestive system as it’s bitterness stimulates the digestive secretions, and it acts as an anti-spasmodic to relieve cramps, and it strengthens the liver and kidneys. German research confirms that Sage will reduce excessive inappropriate sweating (eg night sweats) by as much 50% – obviously the herb of choice in the #menopause.

It’s antibiotic properties are well known. The phenolic acids in Sage are potent against Staphylococcus aureus, and other gut pathogens. It is also an antifungal, and is effective against fungal and yeast infections such as Candida albicans. It also has Rosmarinic acid which makes it also beneficial in inflammatory conditions. It is also a soothing herb and will calm the digestive system and the nervous system. It can be taken as a general tonic for those feeling depleted and exhausted by life’s demands. It strengthens the immune system. It can be used as a lotion for the skin and as a gargle for throat, mouth and gum infections.

And still there is more. It has always been known as a herb for the wise. This is because it aids memory and is associated with longevity. It has been the subject of research in the treatment of #Alzheimer’s disease and shown to be effective in early and mild stages. Sage can be added to food or drunk as tea. It is important to make sure that you are using organic leaves to avoid pesticides and other chemicals added to non-organic products. It is important not to go overboard and take too much. Herbal medicine is generally prescribed as a tincture. This means that the chemical components that make the ‘drug’ are extracted into an alcoholic solution. Taking herbs as Tinctures ensures you are getting quality herbs at the correct strength.

Herbs are always stronger when combined with other herbs. However, as ever, there is the exception that proves the rule. Sage definitely earns the title Super herb, and can be taken on its own with amazing results but it is even more potent when combined with other herbs. Recent research from Nottingham University Hospital provides exciting research on Medieval antibiotic remedies using herbs and one non-herbal ingredient which shows what modern day herbalists already know, herbal medicine is effective. A prescription of herbal medicine will combine herbs that work on different parts of the body to strengthen their potency. If you take one herb for one condition you are focusing on the symptom and not on the whole person. For example treating a cold is not just about drying up a runny nose, its about building up the body’s capacity to get well. The ability of the herbs to work together was acknowledged by the scientists at the cutting edge of this research. https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2015/march/ancientbiotics—a-medieval-remedy-for-modern-day-superbugs.aspx

Contact a herbalist near you. Details on National Institute of Medical Herbalist Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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