Sage is a versatile herb and is used medicinally for a number of purposes.The plant has been found to have effective antioxidant properties and is used in may areas of the globe for its wide household uses, including as a remedy for menopausal night sweats in England and as an anhidrotic (reduces or stops perspiration) and for an upset stomach in Germany.
The astringency of the herb makes it beneficial in mild cases of diarrhea and as a digestive tonic and stimulant. In Chinese medicine, sage is a yin substance and is thought to both calm and activate the nervous system.
It has also been used in connection with sprains, swelling, ulcers, toothaches, gingivitis, and bleeding. As a tea, sage is thought to soothe sore throats, coughs and asthma. Herbalists have also used this herb for rheumatism, menstrual bleeding, strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses.
Like other herbs such as wild oregano, cumin and cinnamon, studies show that sage also has germ-fighting abilities. These spices are thought to boost an important antioxidant in the body, glutathione, by up to 700 percent, helping to protect the body against germ invasions. In medical research, a combination of oregano, cumin and sage was found to be highly effective in killing a range of viruses.
Clinical studies prove that the sage plant offers antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant benefits. These qualities are thought to be due to oils in the leaves of the sage herb containing the chemical substances alpha- and beta- thujone, camphor, and cineole as well as other constituents including rosmarinic acid, tannins, and flavonoids.