Sage can be used as an herbal remedy for a variety of health ailments, often taken in a tea form. Methods of taking sage and some common side effects and warning are below.
Sage Preparations and Dosage
Sage leaves may be dried for use in teas. The leaves are best infused, and most people prefer them mixed with mint, lemongrass, chamomile, or other herbs to cut the strong, pungent flavor of sage.
Herbal Tea: Drink several cups of sage tea each day for a period of weeks to dry up milk flow or reduce perspiration or other secretions, such as excessive mucus in the throat, nose, and sinuses. Gargling with sage tea or taking small sips throughout the day is good for throat and upper respiratory congestion.
Tincture: Take 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon in a sip of water once or twice a day.
Sage Precautions and Warnings
There have been isolated reports that the volatile oil beta-thujone, which occurs in significant amounts in sage, may trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. Although using sage as a cooking spice is considered safe, avoid large amounts of sage as a medicinal preparation during pregnancy.
Side Effects of Sage
Headaches and irritability can occur in individuals who consume excessive amounts of sage.
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Jennifer Brett, N.D. is director of the Acupuncture Institute for the University of Bridgeport, where she also serves on the faculty for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A recognized leader in her field with an extensive background in treating a wide variety of disorders utilizing nutritional and botanical remedies, Dr. Brett has appeared on WABC TV (NYC) and on Good Morning America to discuss utilizing herbs for health.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Each state and each discipline has its own rules about whether practitioners are required to be professionally licensed. If you plan to visit a practitioner, it is recommended that you choose one who is licensed by a recognized national organization and who abides by the organization's standards. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before starting any new therapeutic technique.