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Sage-Medicinal and Other Uses

Updated on July 8, 2013

Sage has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb, it first started to appear in the Mediterranean area and can grow to about three feet in height but it does require several hours a day of direct sunlight to reach that height. The sage plant is very versatile and almost every part of the plant can be used the flowers, stems and leaves all have medicinal value. If you have never seen a sage plant it will be somewhat bushy in appearance and its leaves are most often a green-silver color and it gives off a very pungent odor, but in a good way!

The most exciting attribute of sage in some of the studies that have been done is its ability to help improve memory function and that it is showing a good deal of promise in Alzheimer’s disease patients by helping to restore a chemical in the brain that is linked to Alzheimer’s. Like honey sage is an antibacterial, an antifungal and an antiviral, it can and has been used to treat sore throats, digestive issues, coughing, and swelling. Sage is still used in many countries today as a treatment for upset stomachs, mouth conditions and menopausal issues.

There have been studies that show sage may be able to help diabetics to lower their blood sugar levels, this I can also attest to as I use sage frequently and it has helped to improve my blood sugar. Sage has been studied as a way to treat sores in the mouth and also wounds on the body, it is after all a natural remedy. Sage is also recommended when you have received a bug bite, such as a spider or wasp and it has been shown to help in giving a snake bite victim some relief. Sage has also been used in the treatment of liver conditions, anxiety, depression, and even in boosting the immune system. I know from experience that using sage as a paste can and will heal several bug bites, it even helped relieve our mosquito bites last summer.

For those who are Wiccan, we know there are a multitude of uses for sage, not only can sage be used as a healing aspect to the body, but it can also be used as a clarifying agent in a home if burned as incense. Burning sage incense helps to increase calm in those individuals who experience anxiety or panic attacks. Not only can this herb help clear the negative energy from your home, but it also promotes prosperity, longevity, fertility, healing and of course protection. One of my favorite things to make is sage flavored oils, currently I have some sage and orange blending, it is great as a blessing oil or for your own personal blend. So all around sage is an all purpose healer for body and spirit, it can be brewed into a tea, made in to a paste to apply to wounds, used as a mouth wash or a toothpaste and it can cleanse your home of negativity, oh and it adds flavor to just about any dish. Now that is what I call a super food!

Have you ever used sage for something other than cooking?

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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      Thank you to both you Mr. Happy and you Daphne Shadows. I had never heard that it is toxic and now it makes me not want to use it for food preparations either. I love my sage though and have never ingested a large quantity, just for seasoning purposes. I most often use it to clear myself and my space of negativity through smudging. LoVe It! :)

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Interesting, that sage helps with Alzheimer's disease. Good to know.

      In terms of what Daphne Shadows was saying, about how sage can have negative effects, I think he is right. Here is a quick warning from one of my books:

      "Most sages can cause allergic reactions and many are considered toxic, so these plants should always be used with caution. Large doses of tarragon's essential oil caused cancer in experimental animals."

      I like many people of the First Nations, here in North America, use sage as a sacred medicine herb. I mainly use it for smudging but I have also used it for bath infusions - it does magic! : )

      Thank You for the read. I enjoyed it.


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      Daphne Shadows 5 years ago

      I think its when people boil down actual sage leaves and then drink it as a tea that it can be harmful. And in large quantities. I plan on doing a hub on it, but I need more research first. I don't want to give incorrect information.

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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      I have never heard that it can hurt you Daphne as it is used for cooking world wide, now I am going to have to look that up! Luckily for me right now my sage is still outside in the raised garden growing like crazy so I should be able to get a nice stockpile going for the winter, we harvested three large bunches just yesterday and I have them strung up for drying in my office, it smells awesome in there!

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      Daphne Shadows 5 years ago

      I use white sage to smudge myself, others, and my house. I love it! It's amazing how you can just feel all that negativity leave you once you've smudged, clearing it all out feels so great. I'm researching into how much is too much to ingest though, because it can hurt you if taken internally in large quantities.

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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      Hi grandmapearl! Thanks for stopping by! I love sage also but never used it alot for cooking, but right now as I type this I have some sage drying out in the basement for future use with the chicken dishes. (mostly) But I have often used it when making pork chops, I don't know why it just tastes good with some fried onions. yum! Have a great day and thanks for the bookmark too!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I have always used sage in cooking, and there are sage plants in my garden every year. The aroma makes me think of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. In fact, I'm using it in the chicken I'm cooking right now! I did not know about the spiritual or medicinal side of it though. Thanks for the great info. Bookmarked this for future reference.

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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      Hi editsvcs! Yes it is used a great deal to clear the negativity from your home and of course also makes it smell pretty good too! Thanks for stopping by!

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      editsvcs 5 years ago

      First learned of the sage spiritual blessing when I was in Colorado. It seemed dried sage was available everywhere! A friend swore by it as incense to keep her home emotionally neutral.

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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      Thanks OldRoses! I too have used sage to cook but I only had heard about the medicinal qualities of sage as I already knew it was used for spiritual reasons. ( I probably have a sage stick or two in a drawer, just in Thanks for reading!

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      Caren White 5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Great hub! I cook with sage, but I wasn't aware that it had medicinal properties also.


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