Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sage

Since my first post (which you can look at here) I've had some people asking me for more info on Sage, so, here it is. I hope you enjoy!

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a Mediterranean herb from the Lamiaceae plant family.
It is great for toning and healing the mucous membrane of the throat, as well as preventing/fighting infections due to its active constituents - thujone, tannins and ursolic acid.

Medicinal Actions: carminative (reduces flatulence), relieves muscle spasms, antiseptic, astringent, reduces sweating, antioxidant, antimicrobial

These actions make it a great herb to consider during menopause, menstrual cramps or a sore throat.

Some other ways to use sage:
    - cooking: add fresh leaves to pasta or to roast chicken stuffing
    - deter mozzies: add a few sage leaves to an outdoor fire while camping as it releases the oils within the leaves and keeps mozzies away
    - beauty products: sage has been known to improve skin and hair health. Add around 1 cup of fresh leaves to a warm bath to improve body acne symptoms

Please be aware it is contraindicated in pregnancy, and therefore should not be consumed if you are pregnant.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional



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