Sage is a member of the mint family. A perennial shrub that grows to about 2 feet in height.
Sage, high in antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, may help with chemical imbalances in the brain and is said to be able to clear the mind and improve memory. The antioxidants contained in this herb may help to reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, depression and heart disease.
Sage can help reduce oxidative stress in the body, reduce inflammation and protect against free radical damage.
Sage is also rich in vitamin K, which aids the body in blood clotting.
Sage has multiple therapeutic uses. As a tea, sage is used as a remedy for sore throats, tonsillitis and bronchitis. It can also help soothes coughs and colds, decrease excessive sweating, as an aid when experiencing menopausal symptoms and to slow dementia.
Sage has antimicrobial properties that are effective in killing plaque, so many mouthwashes contain sage, helping to prevent, and protect from, gum disease. Sage is also included in natural deodorants to help reduce perspiration.
Sage exhibits antibacterial properties and can be used to aid digestion, alleviate intestinal cramping and stimulate digestive enzymes.
Sage can be consumed as a tea, as well as in capsule and tincture form.
Sage should not be taken internally while pregnant. You can diffuse the essential oil form instead.