The advantages of using the herb Sage have been well-known in much of the Mediterranean and Asia, though awareness to these have been slowly creeping in America and the rest of the world.
Sage is an herb that is most commonly used as an infusion, extract, tincture, poultice and spice. The oil from sage can be used as a carminative or a stimulant.
Sage Tea can be made simply by pouring 1 pint of boiling water on to 1 oz. of the dried herb, the dose being from a wineglassful to half a teacupful. The result is a pleasant drink, cooling in fevers, and also a cleanser and purifier of the blood. Half an ounce of fresh Sage leaves, 1 oz. of sugar, the juice of 1 lemon, or ¼ oz. of grated rind, are infused in a quart of boiling water and strained off after half an hour.
Medicinally, sage tea has traditionally been used for inflammations of the mouth, throat and tonsils, as its volatile oils soothe the mucous membranes.
The infusion made strong, without the lemons and sugar, can also be used as a lotion for ulcers and to heal raw abrasions of the skin. It has also been popularly used as an application to the scalp, to darken the hair.
The fresh leaves, rubbed on the teeth, will cleanse them and strengthen the gums. Sage is a common ingredient in tooth-powders.
Among some benefits believed to be derived from Sage include the following:
- Used as a remedy in the delirium of fevers and in the nervous excitement frequently accompanying brain and nervous diseases.
- Considered a stimulant tonic in debility of the stomach and nervous system and weakness of digestion generally.
- Known as a useful medicine in typhoid fever.
- Appears to be an active agent in fighting liver and kidney troubles.
- Thought to combat hemorrhage from the lungs or stomach.
- Often used to fight colds, sore throat and quinsy and measles.
- Claimed to be helpful against pains in the joints, lethargy and palsy.
- Useful as a medication for sore throat, mouth sores and mouth ulcers.
- Believed to help keep excessive perspiration in check.