Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a small shrub that has broad leaves with tiny hairs. It is a medicinal and culinary herb. Sage is a common treatment for several things, such as fevers, flu, coughs, colds, soothing sore throats and stuffy noses. A Sage syrup can be made by steeping it in honey, with the addition of ginger, cloves, and lemon juice. This is a wonderful treatment for the previous mentioned (if it's for a child under one years of age substitute maple syrup for honey). Sage has also been used to sooth stomach-aches, indigestion, gas, and colic. Some have used it as a gargle to help gingivitis (bleeding gums) and bad breath. It helps regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle as well as provides relief for women experiencing hot flashes during menopause. Sage is also used cosmetically and as a hair-rinse to relieve itching scalp and dandruff. It can be used as a facial rinse to help reduce acne breakouts. It's useful in the treatment of moderate aches and pains. When made into a wash it can be used as a disinfectant due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The wash can be applied, while moderately hot, to aching joints as it works as a pain-reliever for individuals who suffer from rheumatism, arthritis, or gout. Sage is also known as a anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic herb. It makes an excellent healing salve for the treatment of wounds, scrapes, bruises, and minor injuries. Sage is also said to improve memory and cognitive function. It is also used to treat Alzheimer's' Disease.
My name is Dawn Durow. I am a Professional Herbalist. I have a passion for natural healing and using herbs for health and wellness. I use locally grown, wild crafted and organic herbs in my practice.