~Garden Sage~ (Salvia officinalis)
Note: DO NOT USE sagebrush/desert sage (Artemesia tridentata)
The ancients called sage sacred. Salvia means the savior. Since ancient times, sage has dried breast milk and stopped menopausal sweating, eased the minds and wombs and bellies of women everywhere. There is no other herb so effective at drying up the flowing springs of perspiration that comes with hot flashes. Use sage during menopausal years to:
Eliminate night sweats, cold sweats, and hot sweats
Regulate Hormonal Change
Ease irritated nerves, banish depression
Relieve dizziness, trembling, and emotional swings
Strengthen the liver, aid digestion, decrease excess gas
Relieve menstrual cramps and flooding
reduce bladder infections
Prevent joint aches, improve circulation
Gain mental clarity, a strong memory, and a calm "craziness"
Slow the aging process
Powerful-tasting sage is a welcome addition to whole grain and vegetable dishes (and, yes, turkey stuffing). try frsh sage finely chopped and sprinkled on salads, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beans Be generous with dried sage in soups; use it as a condiment at the table. Infused, sage makes a dye-like rinse to keep hair dark, an antiseptic rinse for infected gums, and a tasty drink.
Dosage: 1-2 spoonfuls of dried leaf infusion, 1-8 times daily
15-50 drops of fresh leaf tincture, 1-3 times a week.
DO NOT USE if you have dry mouth or very dry vaginal tissues. Do not use excessively. The essential oils in sage can accumulate in the kidneys and liver.