(NaturalNews) Of all the culinary herbs, sage is perhaps the one with the broadest range of medicinal uses. As you'll see in the collection of quotes about sage shown below, sage is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial; plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer's disease.
You may not have known all these amazing health applications for such a simple herb. Check out the quotes below and learn what health experts like Dr. James Duke are saying about sage...
Medicinal benefits of sage
Sage was given the distinguished title of "Herb of the Year" in 2001 by the International Herb Association. The health benefits of sage are similar to those attributed to other members of the mint family. Sage is perhaps most similar to rosemary. The primary medicinal components in sage are volatile oils, flavonoids, and rosmarinic acid. Some of the distinct effects of sage that have been reported include anhidrotic (prevents perspiration); blood sugar-lowering effects in diabetics; antimicrobial; and drying up the flow of milk during lactation. - The Encyclopedia of Healing Foodsby Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.
Oil of sage contains a compound called thujone, an effective agent against both salmonella and Candida. Sage also contains the phenolic acid rosmarinic acid, which is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. For this reason, sage has been found to be beneficial for fighting such inflammatory conditions as gingivitis and rheumatoid arthritis. In animal research, sage was found to be antihypertensive (it lowers blood pressure). And in one study - yet to be confirmed in humans - it had an antidiabetic effect. - The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Whyby Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.
Drink an herbal sore-throat tea containing some or (preferably) all of the following: slippery elm bark, hyssop, licorice root, and sage. Hyssop and sage detoxify the blood; licorice and slippery elm soothe irritated mucous membranes and ease a sore throat. Take a cup of the tea three times daily for a couple of days or until you feel better. You can also cool the tea and use it as a gargle. Note: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than five days at a time, as it can elevate blood pressure. Do not use it at all if you have high blood pressure. - Smart Medicine for Healthier Living : Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adultsby Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Allan N. Spreed, MD, CNC, James B. LaValle, RPh, ND
Laura still hasn't told her doctor about the sage tea she drinks to help bring her blood sugar back to normal. But she didn't mind telling us. 'You know how doctors are - they don't want you taking anything that they haven't given you," says the 67-year-old retired medical attendant. After suffering from Type II diabetes for seven years, the Detroit resident read about the benefits of sage tea and decided to give it a try. The hard part was finding some: Sage tea sells out as quickly as it arrives at her local health-food store. - Home Remedies: What Works: Thousands of Americans Reveal Their Favorite Home-Tested Cures for Everyday Health Problemsby Gale Maleskey, Brian Kaufman
Calendula, cayenne, fennel seed, ginger, marshmallow root, sage, and slippery elm nourish the skin and promote healing. Caution: Do not use sage if you suffer from any kind of seizure disorder. Milk thistle aids the liver in cleansing blood. Nettle and rosemary improve skin tone, nourish the skin, and promote healing. Dosages may vary, depending on duration and severity of symptoms. Consult a qualified herbal practitioner. - The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Mineralsby Dr. Mary Dan Eades
Recently published studies by a team of scientists from the Department of Microbiology and Chemotherapy at the Nippon Roche Research Center in Kamakura, Japan, indicates that powdered sage or sage tea helps to prevent blood clots from forming and is quite useful in the prevention and treatment of myocardial infarction and general coronary pains. - Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spicesby John Heinerman
Rosemary enhances detoxification and also reduces inflammation. Sage can increase the flow of bile and liver detoxification. Garlic has abundant healing properties - it thins the blood, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, improves immunity, fights microbes, and may protect against cancer. Oregano has twelve antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic compounds. Cinnamon has antifungal properties. Burdock increases urine and sweat production. - Ultraprevention : The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Lifeby Mark Hyman, M.D.
For heart palpitations, irritability, and insomnia with blood deficiency, combine 9 grams each of red sage root, zizyphus seeds, and Polygonum multiflorum stems. For coronary heart disease and angina, combine 9 grams each of hawthorn berries, motherwort, and red sage root. - The Way of Chinese Herbsby Michael Tierra, L.Ac, O.M.D.
Forty patients were treated with neon laser acupuncture, retention enemas, and injection into the endometrial nodes with common sage root, which is a blood-vitalizing or blood-moving herb. In the 40 patients treated, the size of lumps diminished and symptoms disappeared in 17. Thirteen women conceived. Among these, six had suffered from fallopian tube blockage and seven from ovulatory dysfunction. There was a total amelioration rate of 97.5 percent. - Get Healthy Now with Gary Null: A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Healthy livingby Gary Null
Cook using garlic, onion, thyme, oregano and sage. These seasonings contain very small amounts of phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens, such as lignans and isoflavones, that occur naturally in certain foods) and can help restore hormone balance. Cut down on caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands, leading to a spike in blood sugar levels followed by a plunge in blood sugar to levels even lower than before. This stresses the body and aggravates menopausal woes. If you don't want to give up coffee completely, have one cup a day with food. - Bottom Line's Health Breakthroughs 2007by Bottom Line Health
Although they are not quite as effective, cinnamon, eucalyptus, garlic, lemon, oregano, sage, sandalwood, tea tree and thyme can be used for the same purpose. In clinical studies, aloe vera has been shown to increase blood flow to the injured area, thus accelerating the healing process. Antiseptic and healing herbs like these can be used in salves, sprays, diluted essential oils or poultices. The type of injury and its location dictate the most appropriate application. Salves, for example, adhere to the skin and form a protective layer to protect minor scrapes and cuts. - Herbs for Health and Healingby Kathi Keville
I'm hedging my bets now by drinking tea made from balm, sage, hyssop, or rosemary. To make the tea, I put a teaspoon or two of herb into a cup of freshly boiled water and let it steep for maybe 5 to 10 minutes. I strain out the herbs, add a squirt of lime juice, then drink up. I'm convinced that the tea is helping to preserve my memory and protect me from Alzheimer's. Another herb that may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's is ginkgo. It works by boosting bloodflow throughout your body, including within your brain. - The Green Pharmacy Anti-Aging Prescriptions: Herbs, Foods, and Natural Formulas to Keep You Youngby James A. Duke, Ph.D.
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