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Sage (Salvia officinalis)

 

Sage is an excellent astringent.
It makes the best astringent and antiseptic gargle and mouthwash for sore throats and periodontal inflammations.
It is a good supportive herb when dealing with flues, coughs and colds.
It can also be used as a wash for ulcers and infected wounds.
Internally it can be used for diarrhea and intestinal catarrh.
It contains certain bitter principles that make it useful as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid, especially for fatty foods.
It has been recommended for night sweats and hot-flushes, especially in connection with the menopause.

The dose here determines the effect: weak sage tea is diaphoretic (stimulating sweat), while strong sage tea is anti-diaphoretic.
This tea should not be used internally during pregnancy.

 


 
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