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SAGE

by in Plants from A to Z 15 July 2019

Presentation :

The sage officinale is a shrub native to the Mediterranean basin. Its leaves are used for medicinal, condiment, aromatic, honey and ornamental purposes. There is a risk of confusion with Sage Clary (Salvia sclarea L.) which is a pante in linalol unlike this one which is in Tujanol. This implies that they do not have the same indications.

Scientific name : Salvia officinalis L.

Common names : Sacred herb, European tea.

Botanical family : Lamiaceae.

Used part : Sheet.

Active molecules : Oil essential to thujone, phenolic acids, flavonoids.

Properties : carminative, anti-spasmodic gastrointestinal, antibacterial, antiseptic.

When do I use the sage?

It is traditionally used in cases of dyspepsia, thanks to its phenolic acids which facilitate digestion. They are also used in mouthwash for its antiseptic properties attributed to the essential oil of thujone. Finally, this sage fights excessive sweating (hot flashes, hyper-hydrose, etc.). This would be attributed to its phyto-estrogenic property which, although used by many women, has still not been scientifically demonstrated. Its anti-spasmodic virtue derived from flavonoids and phenolic acids can explain its consumption during painful menstruation.

So how do I use it ?

In herbal tea: simply brew for 10 min, 1.5 g of leaves/cup, without exceeding 3 infusions/J.

This infusion can be used in mouthwash, at the rate of 1 bath, 3 t/d

Finally, this herbal tea can be poured into your bath to decrease hyper-sweating.

Some details about its use :

Herbal teas are to be taken after meals. This plant contains thujone which is a convulsive molecule. You will not risk anything if your sage leaf consumption does not exceed 5 g/d. So it is contraindicated for the child < 15 years and for the epileptic. In fact, there are drug interactions between sage and antiepileptics. It is strongly discouraged in case of pregnancy or breastfeeding.

The leaves of Sage officinale are not pleasant to taste. Feel free to add more herbs to your herbal teas to enhance its flavor. The PHYNACARE team.