Sage is a popular supportive against gingivitis and mucosal inflammation of the mouth and throat. It is a digestive health product to help support upset stomachs, flatulence and diarrhoea and is considered effective as antisudorific to help support n... *
Sage is a popular supportive against gingivitis and mucosal inflammation of the mouth and throat. It is a digestive health product to help support upset stomachs, flatulence and diarrhoea and is considered effective as antisudorific to help support night sweats and excessive perspiration. It has been used traditionally as an antidiabetic. Sage is best known as a culinary herb.
Sage Salvia officinalis L.
Other Names: Sauge officinale, sauge commune (French); Echter Salbei, Gartensalbei (German); salvia (Italian); salvia officinal (Spanish).
Description: Sage is a perennial shrublet (up to 0.6 m) with square stems bearing opposite pairs of grey, rough-textured leaves and attractive purplish blue flowers. Closely related, with similar uses are S. fruticosa (= S. triloba), known as trilobed or Greek sage (the leaves are lobed at their base) and S. lavandulifolia (a source of health-supporting oil).
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean region and southern Europe (S. officinalis, S. lavandulifolia) ; Italy to the Middle East (S. fruticosa). Commercial cultivation mainly in eastern Europe, Asia, USA and South Africa.
Parts Used: Dried leaves (Salviae folium, Salviae trilobae folium).
Preparation and Dosage: Daily doses equivalent to 4 - 6 g of the dried herb or up to 0.3 g of essential oil are used for internal use. For gargles and rinses, use 2.5 g of herb or 3 drops of oil in 100 mL water.
Active Ingredients: Essential oil (up to 3.6%) rich in alpha-thujone (usually the major compound) and beta-thujone (together up ro 60%), with smaller amounts of camphor, 1,8-cineole and other monoterpenes. Also present are phenolic acids (6%) such as rosmarinic acid (Labiate "tannin"), various flavonoids, diterpenoids such as carnosol (= picrosalvin; bitter value 14,000) and rosmanol, together with triterpenes (oleanic acid and derivatives). The oil of S. fruticosa is low in thujone (up to 7%); that of S. lavandulifolia is practically thujone-free.
Health Effects: Experimental evidence supports the claimed antispasmodic, antisudorific, and antiviral effects. The neurotoxicity of the oil is ascribed to thujone so that the internal use of S. officinalis and its products is restricted.
Warning: Do not use internally in large amounts or for prolonged periods.
Status: Traditional health; Pharm.; Comm. E+; ESCOP 2.
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