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(Salvia officinalis)
Common names: Common Sage, Garden Sage, Meadow Sage, Narrow-leaf Sage, Sawge, Scarlet Sage, True Sage, Wild Sage.
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Parts Used: Leaves. Methods Used: Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: This herb was held in such high regard in ancient times that it acquired the reputation of being able to confer immortality.

A wise man was said to have sage growing in his garden (thereby becoming a 'sage').

Physical Uses: An antiseptic/antifungal.

A traditional remedy for coughs, colds and fevers, it was also believed to aid in the digestion of fatty foods, and relieve stomach cramps, gas and constipation.

The tea was used to prevent night sweats and relieve stomach cramps while a Sage gargle can relieve a sore throat and laryngitis.

Mothers who had just weaned their children took the tea to cease milk production.

Ancient medicine prescribed a boiled reduction of Sage leaves for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. When this extraction was then mixed with wine, it was supposed to encourage menstruation.

When Sage was mixed with white wine or Wormwood, it was used internally to treat dysentery and, externally, to treat stubborn wounds.

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