Sage; a little history on Sage and it's diversity;
Sage (Salvia Officinalis) is also known as Common Sage, Garden Sage, Dalmatian Sage, and Purple Sage. Sage is native to southern European regions and nations surrounding the Mediterranean sea, particularly Greece and Yugoslavia. It gets it's name from the Latin word "salvere" which means "to save" and is best known for its many therapeutic healing properties. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900 and was prescribed for mostly digestive issues, but dispensed for many other ailments as well. In the beginning it was the Greeks and the Romans; they had a very high regard for sage and considered it sacred, using it in many rituals and incantations. They also used sage to preserve their meat and prevent other foods from spoiling. Greek physician Dioscorides reported that a decoction of sage stopped bleeding of wounds and cleaned ulcers and sores. Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug. The trend continued as Sage was one of the more popular herbs used during the Middle Ages and throughout the 18th century. As you can see, Sage has been around for thousands of years and has been used for many diversified applications and uses. In addition, according to historical accounts, Sage was considered good for both the body and mind and was used extensively in aromatherapy to cure depression and help heal the "sad mind". It had drifted into lesser use over the years as more delicate flavors grew more popular, but this wonderful evergreen herb is enjoying a big resurgence these days due to new research and clinically proven uses and benefits.
It's used by herbalists around the world in external applications to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding, and internally it's used for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother's milk when nursing has stopped. It's often used in teas to help with coughs and head colds and sore throats, pains in the joints, lethargy and palsy. A nice strong cup of Sage tea will almost surely help calm and relieve a nervous headache. It's also noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses.
- Helps manage diabetes and glucose levels
- Improves digestive health
- Improves memory and cognitive development
- Reduces menopausal symptoms
- Reduces inflammation and muscle/bodily tension
Sage extract has been in my "healing closet" for years. It's great for upset stomachs, nervous tension as well as coughs and colds. It also seems to help curb symptoms of menopause. I had recommended Sage extract to my wife and some of my female clients going through their menopausal experiences and it offered them some relief. I recommend to simply brew your favorite tea, squeeze in a dropper full of Hawaii Pharm's Sage extract, and drink away. Best results can be had by brewing actual Sage tea and adding a dropper full of Sage extract; this additional extract will exponentially increase the healing power of your brew.