Salvia officinalis aurea, a member of the mint family, is more commonly known as sage or common sage. The term ‘Salvia’ was coined from the Latin word ‘Salvere’ which means ‘to cure’. Dried sage leaves, and the oils extracted from them, are commonly used as a fragrance in various health and beauty products. Some also use the herb to add flavor to their meals.
Sage has recently been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, as some experts believe that it could improve treatment regimens. What the public may fail to realize though, is that this medicinal plant offers other health benefits.
- Alleviates Alzheimer symptoms
- Increases mental performance
- Heals cold sores
- Reduces cholesterol
- Eases Menopausal symptoms
- Relieves sore throat
- Soothes sunburn
- Treats tonsillitis
- Stimulates appetite
- Exhibits antimicrobial properties
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Extensive studies are currently underway on whether or not sage can be used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s diseases. Patients given sage showed improved cognition and better memory retention. Researchers believe that sage prevents the destruction of acetylcholine, which the brain needs in order to maintain proper nerve function.
Improved Mental Performance Animal and clinical studies point towards sage having memory enhancing effects, even on those not affected by neurodegenerative diseases. Subjects also showed improved mood and overall cognitive performance at low doses, but no further increases were noted at high doses.
Cold sores Sage can be applied as a cream and when used with rhubarb, it heals cold sores as fast as commercially-prepared drugs.
Reduces Cholesterol A study revealed that patients given sage leaf extracts end up with less LDL (bad cholesterol) in their bloodstream. Interestingly, higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol) were also observed with regular intake.
Alleviates Menopausal Symptoms Common sage extracts improve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. While studies have yet to confirm this beneficial effect, it’s only a matter of time. After all, high levels of astringent tannins have been detected in sage. The herb is also considered estrogenic, explaining why women who prefer traditional medicine often use it to stop milk production.
Serves as an Antimicrobial Agent The essential oils of sage are proven effective as a mouthwash, helping people with dental abscesses and throat infections. The medicinal plant’s other components were also found to be effective against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella.
All in all, it’s undeniable that sage, or salvia, is synonymous with versatility – aside from helping those in their golden years and treating common conditions, it serves important roles in various non-medical industries.