Sage

Latin:  Salvia officinalis

Family:   Lamiaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves

Taste/Energetics:  Warming, drying

Properties:  Carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, anxiolytic, circulatory stimulant, antimicrobial

Actions:  Sage is one of the most easiest herbs to grow in a garden and once it finds its place it sticks around.  Sage is often used for sore throats, canker sores and other oral infections.  Sage is great to add to teas for cold and flu formulas to induce a sweat.  Sage helps relax the stomach and improves digestion.  As an antispasmodic it goes well in  formulas for reducing menstrual cramps and hacking coughs with a lit of phlegm build up.  Sage has a nice warming, stimulating and relaxing quality.

Dosage:  Often for culinary uses.  As tea, infuse 1-2 tsp for 10 minutes.   As tincture 1-2 ml  to 3 x daily.

Contraindications:  Sage will help drug up mothers milk and should be avoided by nursing others unless they are trying to wean.  Avoid in pregnancy.

Further Reading:

Sage monograph  by Kirsten Hale