Herbs have been at the base of medicine since Ancient Greece. Dioscorides, a Greek physician, first used sage (Salvia officinalis) to stop the bleeding of wounds and clean sores in the first century. Since then, it has been used as a remedy for muscle sprains, rheumatism, women’s health issues and the common cold. Today, herbalists and homeopaths continue to use sage teas to treat ailments of the immune and nervous systems. The traditional sage tea recipe calls for one ounce of dried sage leaves per 16 ounces of boiling water for 15-30 minutes.
Throat and tonsils
Sufferers of sore throats or post-nasal drips will often drink warm beverages to soothe dry, itchy throats. Sage tea is a natural anti-inflammatory according to Herb Facts. It reduces swelling in the throat and tonsils and aides in the recovery of the mucous membranes.
Symptoms of high fever include delirium, restlessness and headaches. Sage tea can be a natural treatment, but not in the traditional way. Rather than drinking the tea, dip a towel in the tea and make a warm compress. The tea’s vapors can enter the body through the nasal passages and penetrate the skin, assisting to calm the fever’s symptoms.
Doctors and dentists have long instructed people with canker sores or open mouth wounds to press a tea bag against the wound to soothe pain and stop bleeding. Swishing sage tea like mouthwash, as well as drinking it, can help to clear these sores.
Stomach pain and cramping
Sage tea also has a dual effect on the stomach. According to Botanical.com, it can be ingested or used as a compress to relieve stomach aches or menstrual cramps. The compounds in sage have the same membrane soothing, anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive system as they do on the throat.
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