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Sage – part 2

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Sage
Sage

(Salvia officinalis)

Sage tea is an aromatic infusion made from the leaves of common sage (Salvia officinalis), a herb in the same family as mint.

Commonly used as a spice, sage also has a long history of use in alternative and traditional medicine. Notably, its tea is packed with potential health benefits — although scientific research on this drink is still in its preliminary stages.

Sage Uses

  • Excellent for sore throat
  • Cough and colds
  • Recognized in Germany as a treatment for excessive sweating
  • Studies show it can help reduce menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.
  • High in Several Nutrients. Sage packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. …
  • Loaded With Antioxidants. …
  • May Support Oral Health. …
  • May Ease Menopause Symptoms. …
  • May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels. …
  • May Support Memory and Brain Health. …
  • May Lower ‘Bad’ LDL Cholesterol. …
  • May Protect Against Certain Cancers.

May support women’s health

In the Middle East, pregnant women commonly use sage to treat digestive symptoms like nausea, a common problem early in pregnancy (SourceSource).

Historically, sage has also been utilized as a natural way to reduce breastmilk production in women who are weaning or have an overabundant supply (Trusted Source).

Sage Preparation and doses

Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tsp leaves. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Drink, or use as a sore throat gargle.
Capsules: Take 500 mg dried leaf 2 times per day.

Concerns: Do not use therapeutic doses during pregnancy; do not use sage essential oil internally.

Sage

Burning Sage

Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual.

Benefits of Burning Sage

  • removing bacteria from the air.
  • repelling insects.
  • improving intuition.
  • purifying specific objects.
  • improving mood and reducing stress and anxiety.

Risks

When done correctly and respectfully, smudging is completely safe and the effects last after the smoke clears. Be careful with sage when it’s lit. If you aren’t careful, burns and even fire is possible. Have water nearby. Never leave burning sage unattended. Make sure to put your sage bundle out completely after every use. Setting off smoke alarms is common. Consider this if smudging in a public building. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be more sensitive to the smoke and have adverse reactions. Always leave a window open while smudging. Inhaling smoke can be hazardous to your health.

Conclusion

Burning sage has many benefits as a spiritual practice. Some research supports certain health benefits of sage, such as antimicrobial properties and enhanced alertness, but more research is needed.

There is very little research on smudging as a practice beyond the cultural practice of the ritual.

Keep in mind: Burning sage is a sacred religious practice in some Native American cultures. Treat the ritual with respect.