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.