Originally native to the Mediterranean region, the main growing areas are now in the Southeast European countries.
Aqueous and alcoholic extracts of sage leaves have both antibacterial and antiviral effects. Used as a herbal gastrointestinal remedy, for inflammation of the mouth and throat, expectorant and antiperspirant.
1–2.5 % essential oils, rosmarinic acid, salvianolic acids, glycosides, water-soluble polysaccharides, tannins and other components.
EFFECT & APPLICATION
- As an antiperspirant agent for increased sweat secretion of various origins, especially during the climacteric. Because of its milk secretion-inhibiting effect, it is also used to facilitate weaning.
- For digestive problems with mild cramps in the gastrointestinal area, feeling of fullness and flatulence.
- As a tea or in the form of a tincture (alcoholic-aqueous plant extract) for inflammation of the mouth or throat mucosa.
- For a supporting effect in diseases of the upper respiratory tract to loosen mucus in cough tea mixtures, cough syrups and breath-free balm for application to the chest or back, as well as the soles of the feet.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
The pure essential oil and alcoholic extracts should not be taken during pregnancy.
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- Wichtl M.: Tea drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. 5. Edition, Stuttgart 2009