Sage, whose botanical name is Salvia officinalis, is one of the most celebrated plants in herbal medicine. The herb is native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Southern Europe. However, due to its well documented medicinal benefits, sage has been adapted to warmer temperate climates such as North America. It is known by a number of common names such as salie, salvia and common, kitchen, dalmatian or garden sage depending on where it is grown. The fragrant shrub with silvery green leaves thrives best in sunny areas with alkaline soils. On a dry bank or rocky soil, sage can grow up to 60 cm in height and a spread of 45 cm.
The one reason sage has spread to many parts of the globe is that the herb has a good number of health benefits. However, before you start using the herb as a natural remedy, you need to have a proper understanding of how it is used medically. Here are some of the medicinal benefits of garden sage:
- Clinical tests have confirmed that this herb has plenty of anti-viral, anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties. As a result, it is a useful weapon against many illnesses such as herpes simplex II, candida albicans as well as influenza virus II.
- The herb is also used in treating some complications in the female reproductive system. It is effective in reducing the side effects of menopause such as hot flashes.
- Many herbalists agree that sage is very effective for treating a number of conditions, ranging from canker sores and halitosis to eczema. If you have been suffering from bad breath, a condition known as gingivitis, this is the herb that can treat you.
- Salvia could also be a great addition to your haircare collection since it is effective in treating dandruff.
Dosage and Administration
Herbs hardly come in as many forms as this particular one does. The most common way through which sage is administered is as a tea. However, you can also use to ingest this herb directly by adding it to raw salad and sandwiches or simply adding it as a flavor when cooking food. If you are not in a position to prepare the herb, you are always free to purchase sage in capsule or tablet form. But what is the exact dosage that is recommended by doctors?
The recommended daily dosage for sage is 400 mg every single day. This should be taken between one and three times during the day. However, you need to understand that only your doctor can prescribe the correct dosage for this herb. The dosages will always differ depending on the nature and severity of the condition being treated and other physical conditions such as age, gender and pregnancy. Your doctor could also alter your dosage from time to time depending on how you respond to treatment. Taking overdoses of this herb could prove very dangerous in the long run.
The challenge when using herbs is identifying the right parts to use. Remember that a herb could easily have medicinal leaves and poisonous fruits. As for common sage, the most commonly used parts are the leaves. However, the flowers could also be dried and used as a natural treatment.
- Sage is used medically to support the functioning of the liver as well as pancreas.
- The herb is very useful in the digestive system since it enhances the tome of the human digestive tract while aiding in digestion.
- If you suffer from excess salivation or perspiration, the dalmatian sage could help out. The herb's tea is showing signs of having a mild calming effect.
- The herb is not only used for flavoring food during cooking but also as a preserver of flavor.
- It can also be applied on an aching tooth to soothe the pain and to bathing water to boost darkening of hair.
Generally, natural herbs such as sage are very well tolerated in the body. This is why no side effects have been documented when the herb is taken in small doses. However, it could become toxic when large doses are taken for a very long time. Pregnant and lactating mothers are warned against using this herb. The same applies to people suffering from seizure disorders such as epilepsy as it could worsen the condition.
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