Sage-Leaf (salvia officinalis)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: sage, common sage, garden sage
PLANT FAMILY: Lamiaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried leaf
OVERVIEW: Common sage is a low-growing evergreen shrub in the mint family that can be found worldwide. It is a common kitchen seasoning and was historically used in traditional European herbalism for its healthful properties. The herb's Latin name salvia is derived from the Latin word to heal.
TRADITIONAL USES: Traditionally, Sage leaves are infused as tea, macerated as an extract, and used as a culinary spice. Sage has a traditional history of use in the treatment of digestive issues, gastritis, diarrhea, heartburn, as well as depression, memory loss, excess perspiration and saliva, painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause, cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore throat; and yeast infections.
STORAGE: Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
- If Sage is used for purposes outside that of a spice, it should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because of its emmenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow) and abortifacient (may induce abortion) effect. Do not use during lactation due to the possibility of reduced milk flow.
- Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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