One of the most prized herbs in traditional
Chinese medicine, Indian medicine and in medical use
in Europe as well, sage is a member of the mint family.
This perennial herb with grayish-green beautifully shaped
slender leaves is found abundantly in the Mediterranean
region, in North America and all over Asia.
Sage was considered for centuries
as a cure for virtually any disease. However, the famous
Chinese adage, ‘sage for old age’ sums up
its ability to address and alleviate many age-related
A natural antiseptic, sage is useful
for common throat and nose conditions involving inflammation
of the mucous membranes. The Commission E of Germany
credits sage with having antibiotic and antiviral properties
whilst also recognizing its antifungal properties.
Sage is useful in treating adult-onset
diabetes where it can bring down blood sugar levels
It is also helpful in redressing many
age-related cardio-vascular problems.
Historically sage has proved useful
in treating cases of failing memory and memory loss
and is known to improve mental concentration in general.
One of the most exciting possibilities
is the use of the herb in treating patients with Alzheimer’s
disease in which area considerable research is being
done with encouraging early results.
A word of warning: So potent is the
herb that after prolonged ingestion of alcohol extracts
or the pure essential oil, convulsions may occur. The
herb and its decoctions should be used for short periods
and in moderation. A consultant practitioner of alternative
medicine should, therefore, be consulted when using