Sage

Salvia officinalis

Description

Sage is one of the oldest recorded medicinal and culinary herbs. Regarded by ancient Egyptians as a fertility drug, it was later applied to bleeding wounds and to clean ulcers and sores, and was taken in juice form to ease hoarseness and cough. It was also used by herbalists to treat rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding and to dry up a mother’s milk when nursing was stopped. The German Commission E has approved the herb’s internal use for mild gastrointestinal upset and excessive sweating, and to apply externally to inflamed mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. Sage helps to strengthen a generally debilitated nervous system.
Sage is also used to infuse ear candles to treat ear discomfort caused by wax build-up, tinnitus, noise in the ears and vertigo, and for relaxation.

Parts used

The leaves.

Constituents

The leaves contain phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants. Research has suggested that most of the herb’s therapeutic properties, especially its antiseptic, astringent and relaxing actions, are largely due to its volatile oil content.

Medicinal uses

Ear candles have a purely physical function. Ear candling is a safe, gentle way to clear excess wax from the ears. A light suction action, or ‘chimney effect’, and the movement of the flame create a vibration of air in the ear candle, creating a feeling of warmth and relaxation.

Ear candles with sage are recommended to relieve:

  • Noise in the ears.
  • Blocked sensation of ears.
  • Excess wax.
  • Pressure regulation.
  • Discomfort from sinusitis.
  • Vertigo caused by blocked ears.

CAUTION

Talk to your medical practitioner before taking any herbal supplements.
Do not use ear candles if you have recently had ear or nose surgery, have grommets, suffer bleeding or discharge from the ears or have impacted wax.

Taken orally, sage can:

  • Support liver function and metabolism.
  • Reduce hepato-cellular necrosis and fatty deposits in the liver.
  • Regenerate injured liver cells.
  • Decrease SGOT in patients with chronic liver disease such as cirrhosis.
  • Increase levels of glutathione, an amino acid-like compound that helps protect the liver against environmental toxins, including drugs and alcohol.
  • Stimulate the gall bladder and assist bile flow, reducing the risk of gallstone formation.
  • Help in cases of cholelithiasis, chronic hepatitis, fatty liver, varicosities and haemorrhoids.
  • Relieve dyspepsia.
  • Support people undergoing chemotherapy.

Flora Force Products containing Sage

Domestic & culinary uses

Sage is a popular poultry and meat seasoning. The leaves can be used both fresh and dried.

Cultivation

This evergreen perennial shrub with greyish-green leaves bears purplish flowers on spikes in summer. Plant small sage plants in a warm, sunny location in containers or the garden in well-drained soil. Allow the plant to grow unharvested for the first year; the leaves can be harvested at any time thereafter, although they are considered best before or just after blooming. Prune after flowering to keep plants attractive and prevent them from getting too woody.

Information in our herb library is intended only as a general reference for further exploration. It is not a replacement for professional health advice and does not provide complete dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription medicines. Accordingly, this information should only be used under the direct supervision of a suitably qualified health practitioner such as a registered homeopath, naturopath or phytotherapist.