Nutritional Supplements Library
What is sage?
Sage is a silvery-green plant with leaves that offer a memorable fragrant. The most common variety of sage was first found growing in regions around the Mediterranean but now grows in regions of North America as well. The leaves of the sage herb serve both medicinal and culinary purposes. For thousands of years sage has been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. The volatile oil of sage contains the constituents alpha- and beta-thujone, camphor, and cineole.4 It also contains rosmarinic acid, tannins, and flavonoids. It is mainly the thujone that is responsible for sage's medicinal properties,
What is the effective dosage of sage supplementation?
For a variety of conditions including inflammation in mouth, gingivitis and sore throats, add 3 grams of sage leaf to 150 ml of boiling water, strain after 10 minutes and then let cool. The resulting tea can then be used as a mouthwash or gargle a few times a day. As an internal use 5 ml of fluid extract can be diluted in a glass of water and taken three times a day.
What are the benefits of sage supplementation?
• It is used for kidney related disorders like renal calculi, Urinary tract infections. It acts like a diuretic.
• It is greatly useful for menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, insomnia, nocturnal sweating, dizziness, headaches and palpitations.
• Sage oil is used in the dose of 1 to 3 drops as a mucolytic and expectorant to expel the accumulated excessive mucus from respiratory tract.
• It is an effective herb for teeth, gums and oral cavity.
• It's infusion is used as a gargle in sore throat and mouth ulcers. Relaxed throat, tonsils and ulcerated throat are relieved by its gargle.
• It is used for some symptoms of menopause.
• It may help to boost memory.
• Sage has traditionally been used to treat asthma, and the dried leaves are still included in herbal smoking mixtures for this complaint.
What are the side effects of sage supplementation?
More clinical studies are required to established it's side effects completely, it is essential to consult your doctor before taking it.
• The internal use of sage is no safe due to the presence of thujone. thujone may cause increased heart rate and mental confusion.
• Extracts of sage made with alcohol are likely to be higher in thujone than those made with water.
• Sage oil should never be consumed without being first diluted in water.
• Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not take sage for medicinal purposes as it has a traditional reputation for inducing abortion and drying up the supply of milk.
These concerns do not extend to the use of sage as a gargle or mouth rinse.