Sage

Sage

Common name Sage

Latin name Salvia officinalis

Parts used leaves


System affinities

Sage finds applications in a variety of body systems. 



Energetics/characteristics/dosha

Energetically sage is rather balancing, it is somewhat relaxing and somewhat tightening, it is not warming nor cooling, moistening nor drying.  It is antimicrobial.  It is alterative and astringent.

It is an expectorant, and diuretic, antiemetic and digestive.  It is antispasmodic.


Taste/Quality

Sage is pungent and bitter


Indications

As it is anti microbial it is often indicated for a variety of infections in the head, chest, and digestive tract.

Its nervine action finds it applications in protection against memory loss and aids against anxiety and stress.

Sage improves appetite and digestion.  It can also help relax digestive tension and tighten leaky gut.


Warnings/contraindications

Avoid taking for extended periods or in large doses.  Avoid while pregnant or breastfeeding.


History/lore

It has long been used in healing. An old proverb says “why should a man die who has sage in his garden?”. It was used in the Middle Ages to treat fevers, liver disease and epilepsy. In England, the tea is drunk as a healthful tonic. It was also believed to strengthen the memory. 


Habitat

 It is a plant that requires a large amount of sun and can be commonly found near limestone and in places where the soil is shallow, dry, and rocky. 


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