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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Benefits of Sage

  • Perspiring heavily ? If you sip an infusion of sage leaves, you may experience relief in about 2 hours, according to scientists who have studied this flowering herb.
  • Just be sure that you use sage only occasionally. Sage contains a potent oil called thujone. There is evidence to suggest that long-term intake of thujone can contribute to physical deterioration. Large amounts of thujone can induce convulsions and loss of consciousness. Cooking with sage apparently is a safer alternative. The heat burns off most of the thujone.
  • Studies have shown that sage contains chemicals that are astringent. Applied externally, it stimulates blood flow to the area where it’s used. These qualities contribute to the value of a sage infusion as a gargle for tonsillitis, bleeding gums, and other inflammatory conditions of the mouth and throat.
     
  • The native Americans also knew how to use sage externally. Infusions were used for baths, rubdowns, and topical applications to sores. They used fresh sage to keep their teeth clean. Sage decoction is also used for relieving toothaches.
  • You can use use sage oil with good results as part of therapeutic massage. Aromatherapists use sage oil to counter fatigue, nervousness, bronchitis, and menstrual difficulties. For therapeutic massage, add 6 drops of the essential oil to 2 ounces of a lighter oil such as almond oil. Don’t apply the essential oil directly to the skin.

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