Friday, October 03, 2014

Sage



The main active chemicals in sage are alpha and beta thujones, camphor, rosmarinic acid, tannins, flavanoids, and cineole.  It is a potent anti-inflammatory,

making it helpful in treating cuts and wounds, sprains, ulcers, and joint pain.  It also has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.  It contains estrogenic biochemicals, making it good for relieving postmenopausal symptoms.  It is helpful in liver disorders.  Make it as tea and use it for gargling in cases of sore throat, gum disease, and any kind of inflammation of the mouth.  You can even chew the leaves to clean your teeth!   Extracts from Rosemary and Sage are two substances that are allowed to be placed in food products to retard spoilage and prevent free radical oxidation. In other words, they keep the fats in the products from becoming rancid due to oxidation by free radicals.  They will also help prevent oxidation of fats in the body, which is one cause of atheroschlerosis.  One German study found that drinking an infusion of sage tea reduced blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, but only when they took the infusion on an empty stomach. 

Concentrated sage oil should be used only for aromatherapy and not ingested.  Up to three cups per day of the tea can be ingested. 




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