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Scientific name: Salvia officinalis
Other names: Broadleaf Sage, Common Sage, Dalmatian Sage, Garden Sage
Part used: Leaves
Origins & Properties
Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug (Bown, 1995).
In the first century C.E. Greek physician Dioscorides reported that the aqueous decoction of sage stopped bleeding of wounds and cleaned ulcers and sores.
Sage has an anti-spasmodic action that reduces tension in smooth muscle, and it can be used in steam inhalation for asthma attacks. Helps remove mucous congestion in the airways and checking or preventing secondary infection. It may be taken as a carminative to reduce griping and other symptoms of indigestion and is also of value in the treatment of dysmenorrhea.
Its bitter component stimulates upper digestive secretions, intestinal mobility, bile flow, and pancreatic function, while the volatile oil has a carminative and stimulating effect on digestion.
- Stimulate digestion: It stimulates digestion by reducing acidity levels in the stomach and providing stomach cramps relief
- Anti-oxidant: Balances free radicals and prevent them from building oxidative stress
- Strengthen immune system: Defense against bacteria and viral infections
- Menstrual balance: Contributes to menstrual balance and female wellness
- Improve memory: Improves brain function, memory, and speed of attention
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