Benefits of Sage Extract
Sage has one of the most extensive histories of use of any medicinal or culinary herb. It was used it as a fertility drug by the ancient Egyptians. In the first century, the Greek physician Dioscorides noted that sage stopped wounds from bleeding, and cleaned ulcers and sores. A tea made from sage leaves has a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs. Sage was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother's milk when nursing was over. It was particularly helpful for fortifying the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses. Sage extract is easily recognized by it distinct taste and fragrant smell. It is added to various dishes for enhancing the flavor.
Here are some of the health benefits of sage extract:
The potent anti-inflammatory effects of sage extract help in treating inflammation in the stomach and digestive system. Also, skin inflammations may also be aided through the direct application of sage extract. Sage also detoxifies the blood when any toxic substances enter the bloodstream or when eating spicy foods.
Asthma attacks and congestion due to mucus that may occur in a one’s airways may be relieved by inhaling sage extract vapors. Sage extract and water is mixed and heated creates a healing steam. Inhaling this steam guards against secondary infection because the medicinal properties of sage extract clear the congestion and helps remove any excess mucous.
Many people are aware of the advantages associated with antioxidants. From cancer prevention to heart disease prevention, antioxidants are vital for a healthy body. Sage extract is a good source of various antioxidants like labiatic acid and carnosic acid. The antioxidant effect of sage extract helps in the preservation of foods, especially fish.
Embarrassing excessive sweating affects a person’s confidence and can cause someone to become self conscious, especially in large gatherings. Taking sage extract either in its tablet or tea forms helps to treat both generalized and localized types of hyperhidrosis.
Even though consuming sage extract is beneficial for the body, it may cause dizziness, rapid heartbeat and convulsion if taken in excess amounts.
Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease.
Many women use sage for relief of painful menstrual periods and to correct excessive milk flow during nursing. Easily, one of the most common and frustrating symptoms of menopause is hot flashes, and when they occur at night, they know as called night sweats. The higher range of a woman’s thermoregulatory center is thought to be lower in menopausal women than in women of reproductive age, according the Journal of the American Medical Association. This effect is thought to be related to the decreasing levels of estrogen occurring during menopause. A lowered thermostat, or set-point, in menopause allows small changes in temperature that are tolerable in most people to induce a cooling state mediated through the sweating response. The German E Commission, the authoritative body on herbal medicines, has approved sage as an anhydrotic in the cases of excessive perspiration.
It is also believed that sage is similar to rosemary in its ability to improve brain function and memory. The success of sage and its benefits in these areas have been investigated in the search for new drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease with promising results.
Some individuals who take sage--either as a seasoning or medicine--could have an allergy to sage that can cause a reaction in their bodies. These reactions can include difficulty breathing, tightness in the throat or chest, chest pain, skin hives, a rash or itchy and swollen skin. If you develop these symptoms, it is likely you have an allergy to sage. Stop taking sage immediately and visit a doctor to determine why you had an unusual reaction.
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