September Herb of the Month- Sage

Sage (white)- Salvia officinalis- The Latin name for sage, salvia, means “to save” or “to heal.”Today’s common uses: A popular culinary herb, sage is also a good  tonic. High in minerals, it’s used today as part of a “spring cleansing” tea to freshen and cleanse the whole body. It’s a good aromatherapy herb to dry up excessive mucous, sinus secretions and post nasal drip. It is a specific in a blood cleansing and formulas for colds, flu and bronchitis. Excellent in a soothing syrup with honey, sage aids sore and strep throat, laryngitis and tonsillitis. It's a good women’s herb, a specific for irregular menstruation and menopausal night sweats. Sage helps dry up mother’s milk during weaning. For men, sage supports prostate health. Traditional Herbal uses: Sage was regularly eaten in ancient times to preserve health and improve memory. Native Americans continue to use sage in purification ceremonies as a smudge stick.

Delivery forms: tea, tincture, syrup, compress, poultice, hair rinse, smudge stick.

Key compounds: Sage thujone has estrogenic actions, partially responsible for its effect on menstrual flow and its ability to help dry up breast milk. Contains saponins, flavonoids, significant minerals (zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium) and vitamins A, C, B-complex.

Works in synergy with: 1) with pau d’arco, green tea, ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, sassafras, ginger, calendula, yellow dock, peppermint, butcher’s broom, bilberry and licorice  to stimulate circulation  2) with mint and chamomile to relieve coughs.