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Benefits of the Herb Sage

By Pamela Gentry ; Updated August 14, 2017

Containing naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, the herb sage is best known as a culinary spice that adds flavor to poultry dishes. However, sage has been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine to treat a variety of different ailments. Most commonly drunk as a tea, sage herb is good for the nerves, digestive system and for balancing estrogen levels in women.

For the Body

Sage stimulates the central nervous system and the digestive tract. It may help cool off a fever. A natural blood purifier, sage may be useful for detoxification purposes. Sage may be useful as a natural nerve tonic to relieve a nervous headache. Joint pain, lethargy and a weak digestive system are additional indications for the use of the herb, sage.

Dental Health

According to Phyllis Balch of “Prescription for Nutritional Medicine,” sage is beneficial for sicknesses involving the mouth and throat, such as tonsillitis. Used as a gargle, cooled sage tea stops gums from bleeding and slows down the production of saliva. Fresh sage leaves rubbed on the teeth is a natural way to clean them.

For Women

Menopausal women may find some relief from drinking sage tea as Balch indicates sage as having an “estrogenic effect” on the body. Sage may help women with hot flashes and other symptoms of an estrogen deficiency. Balch recommends drinking sage tea to women who have had a hysterectomy.

For Hair

When made into a tea and cooled, sage can be used as a rinse for the hair. People with dark hair may use a sage tea rinse to add shine and luster to their locks. However, persons with light hair should not do this unless they wish to darken their hair.

As Incense

American Indians have used sage for thousands of years in purification rituals. Known as smudging, burning dried sage leaves in the home is believed to clear away negative energy according to tradition. Burning sage is also believed to purify the aura of an individual as they pass through the sacred smoke.


According to Phyllis Balch of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” ingesting sage or tea made from sage interferes with the absorption of iron in the body. Sage should not be taken by pregnant women or those with epilepsy. Women who are nursing should only drink sage tea if their intention is to decrease their milk supply.

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