Salvia comes from the Latin salvare which means ‘to cure’.
Parts used: Leaf
Sage is excellent for sore throats as has antiseptic, relaxing and astringent properties.
Sage is can also be used by women who are menopausal – it is a diaphoretic and therefore taken cold can help to relieve hot flushes. Sage is also oestrogenic and may be used by herbalist for menstrual problems. These two actions may it an excellent herb to use during menopause (alongside other herbs)
Fresh sage leaves make a useful first aid remedy – rub onto stings and bites.
Cold sage tea – mouth wash for ulcers or gingivitis, gargle for sore throats. For sore throats make an infusion of the herb. Leave to cool. Alternatively tincture of sage can be used as a gargle.
Tea- put 1 tsp of dried leaves or a small handful of fresh leaves in a teapot or cup with a saucer on top, and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes. Drink no more than 3 cups a day.
NOT SUITABLE TO TAKE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING.