Sage is a prevalent herb used worldwide in cooking and herbal medicine. Whether you opt for the fresh or dried form, sage adds a warm, pine-like flavor with hints of rosemary and citrus to any dish.
Thanks to its hefty dose of antioxidants, sage may help combat everything from pain and inflammation to bacterial and viral infections (especially when taken as a supplement). Some evidence also suggests that sage can help improve cognition and combat depression.
Sage tea, for example, is traditionally used to treat problems with digestion, circulation, and mouth/throat inflammation (including bronchitis, cough, and asthma) to name a few. Sage oil, on the other hand, is known to have antiseptic properties and has been used to treat nervous system diseases as well as circulatory, respiratory, and endocrine issues. Sage also comes in capsule-form, which has been used to reduce the severity of certain menopause symptoms.
The one time we know it’s definitely not safe to take sage as a supplement is during pregnancy. In larger quantities, sage can cause contractions and increase blood flow to the uterus before it’s safe to go into labor.
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