Sage has long been highly regarded for its perceived ability
to bestow longevity. Traditionally, sage has been thought to
have the ability to restore failing memory to the elderly.
As one of the most popular of the memory-enhancing herbs,
sage has long been traditionally planted at gravesites. There
are many different varieties of sage.
The most popular forms of sage include Green sage (Salvia
officinalis), Greek sage (Salvia fruticosa) and Purple sage
Most herbalists tend to prefer Purple sage, although a
combination of Greek and Green sage has also proven
The root and leaves of the sage plant are most commonly
harvested to create herbal remedies. The leaves are known to be
particularly healing for mouth and throat conditions.
The leaves of the sage plant are often used to create
gargles and mouthwashes. The leaves of the sage plant are also
known to be estrogenic and drying. This makes the sage leaves
particularly helpful for treating menopausal problems, as well
as during periods of weaning.
Many herbalists use fresh sage leaves to create a bitter
digestive stimulant. The leaves of the sage plant are
traditionally harvested throughout the summer months.
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The root of the sage plant is also widely used in a variety of
herbal remedies. In traditional Chinese medicine, the root is
used to create a number of tonics. One of the most popular
Chinese tonics made from the sage root is used for "moving
blood" wherever there is stagnation.
For instance, these tonics are used in cases
where menstrual pain and certain types of heart conditions,
such as angina pectoris, reveal stagnation. The root of the
sage plant is thought of as cooling and sedative, the root
(known as dan shen in Chinese medicine) is used to
reduce heat. It is also used to treat liver and heart
The sage plant has several different
applications. The sage plant is often used in herbal remedies
to treat scrapes, skin sores, and insect bites. In France, sage
is quite popular in a cream that treats a variety of skin
The leaves of the sage plant can also be easily
used to create a healing gargle and mouthwash. A mouthwash can
be used to treat gum disease, mouth ulcers, sore throats, or
tonsillitis. However, make certain that the gargle or mouthwash
is in a weak infusion so that it will not aggravate any
already-existing mouth conditions.
Herbal remedies are often thought of as a
way to balance out a person's natural humors.
This is often accomplished by using the
Ayurveda chakra philosophy.
Chakras are energy centers of the body, and
they can often be balanced through herbal
remedies. Different chakras of the body are
associated with various areas of the body, such
as important glands and organs.
Sage can also be used in a hair rinse to treat
dry hair, to restore hair color to graying hair, and to treat
the symptoms of dandruff. Simply create an infusion of the sage
leaves in water. To create a healing infusion, use roughly 20
grams of leaves to ¼ cup water.
This tonic can also be used as a liver
stimulant and to improve digestive function. Other uses include
as remedy for menopausal night sweats and to reduce lactation
during the weaning process. Sage is also commonly used to
create tinctures that can also help treat menopausal