North American Herb & Spice - In-Fusion Power Sage-o-Soothe Tea Sage Leaf Infusion 3.2 oz (90 grams)
North American Herb & Spice In-Fusion Power Sage-o-Soothe Tea Sage Leaf Infusion contains an organic wild high-mountain crushed sage leaf infusion. Sage-o-Soothe tea infusion is pure herbal power from sun-charged wild sage. This is the whole food way to get the power of wild sage. This is the original wild high-mountain sage used as a healthy tea. Also known as Mountain Tea it is handpicked wild from the remote wilderness. It’s potent, without caffeine. That’s why it is the healthiest tea available. Sage-o-Soothe tea infusion has the power of photonic energy–the synergy of mountain rock and sun. Wild sage is a natural source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Drink your Sage-o-Soothe infusion every day for better health.
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Parts used and where grown
Sage is a silvery-green shrub with very fragrant leaves. The most commonly cultivated species of sage originally came from the area around the Mediterranean but now also grows in North America. The leaves of this common kitchen herb are used in medicine as well as in cooking.
Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)
Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. It was used by herbalists externally to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding. Internally, a tea made from sage leaves has had a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs—often used as a gargle. It was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother’s milk when nursing was stopped. It was particularly noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900.
The volatile oil of sage contains the constituents alpha- and beta-thujone, camphor, and cineole. It also contains rosmarinic acid, tannins, and flavonoids. In modern European herbal medicine, a gargle of sage tea is commonly recommended to treat sore throat, inflammations in the mouth, and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Test tube studies have found that sage oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity which may partially explain the effectiveness of sage for these indications.
Sage is also approved in Germany for mild gastrointestinal upset and excessive sweating. An unpublished, preliminary German study with people suffering from excessive perspiration found that either a dry leaf extract or an infusion of the leaf reduced sweating by as much as 50%. A report from the United Kingdom indicates that herbalists there employ sage to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.
How much is usually taken?
For treatment of sore throats, inflammation in the mouth, or gingivitis, 3 grams of the chopped leaf can be added to 150 ml of boiling water and strained after 10 minutes. This is then used as a mouthwash or gargle several times daily. Alternatively, one may use 5 ml of fluid extract (1:1) diluted in one glass of water, several times daily. For internal use, the same tea preparation described above may be taken three times per day.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
Concern has been expressed about the internal use of sage due to the presence of thujone. Even when consumed in small amounts for long periods of time, thujone may cause increased heart rate and mental confusion. Very high amounts (several times greater than one receives if taking sage as instructed above), may lead to convulsions. If one takes sage internally, it is best to limit use to the amounts listed above and to periods of no more than one to two weeks. Extracts of sage made with alcohol are likely to be higher in thujone than those made with water. Sage oil should never be consumed without being first diluted in water. Sage should not be used internally during pregnancy. These concerns do not extend to the use of sage as a gargle or mouth rinse. Sage should be avoided when fever is present.