Red Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Definition: Associated for millennia with wisdom and longevity red sage has traditionally been used for menstrual disorders, to reduce night sweats and as a natural mouth deodorizer. The volatile oils in red sage have antiseptic and astringent properties and are also used to help dry up milk supplies when breast feeding has ceased.
Applications: Coughs, depression, diabetes, digestive disorders, fever, liver ailments, lactation inhibitor, memory (failing), menstrual pain, mouth sores, nausea, nervous conditions, nigh sweats, sores, sore throat and worms.
Scientific Updates: The volatile oils and tannins in red sage are responsible for its ability to stop excessive perspiration. The oils also have an antiseptic and astringent property which makes them useful in the healing of sores and irritations. Red sage also acts as a powerful antioxidant and boosts circulation. Its estrogenic properties may explain its believed ability to dry up breast milk.
Complementary Agents: Capsicum, dandelion, garlic, yellow dock, quassia, milk thistle, cascara sagrada, black walnut, acidophilus, blue-green algae, phytonutrients, proanthocyanidins, vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex and calcium/magnesium.