The sage herb official name is Salvia officinalis it is also known as garden sage and common sage. It is part of the Lamiacaea family.
Sage is native to the Mediterranean area but it is naturalized in many places throughout the world. Sage and slavia comes from the Latin word salvere which means to save.
This refers to the healing properties of sage. Officinalis, refers to the herb's medicinal use.
Officinalis was a traditional monastery storeroom where medicines and herbs were stored.
The Romans used slavia officinalis as a local anesthetic for their skin, a diuretic, a styptic and some other uses. In the middle ages the herb had a very good reputation, with a lot sayings that referred to it's value and healing properties.
It was also used to ward of the plague along with other herbs.
Sage is used in Middle Eastern cooking, in the Balkans, Italian cooking, English cooking and other western cooking.
It is used in many remedies, sage was a remedy used by slaves for some ailments.
clove and sage remedies for toothache
Drinks and gargles for sore throats
Sage is used as an essential oil where it strongest active constituents, thujone and cineole bomeol, lie.
Sage is available in capsules, fresh, dry, in liquid extract form and as an essential oil.
In a study done in 2003 by a team from Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital in Tehran, they found that sage was successful in managing moderate symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, while it also reduced agitation.
Additionally the research team discovered that the placebo caused more side effects than slavia.
They tested 42 patients with Alzheimer's disease, their symtoms ranged from mild to moderate. 21 patients received a dose of sage daily for 16 weeks.
pregnant women nursing mothers and should not use sage. The herb can dry up breast milk and induce contractions, other than that sage is considered to be safe.
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