Such a healing plant as sage, has been known for a long time. Its properties have helped defeat many different diseases.
The Latin name for it is "salvia" (from lat. "Salvus") means "healthy." Not all types of this herb have pronounced healing qualities. Sage is nutmeg, Ethiopian, Spanish and medicinal. Why is it useful nutmeg plants, should be considered in more detail.
Clary sage (Latin Salvia Sclarea) is considered one of the largest representatives of this family.
The plant is used in the culinary, food industry, spices are obtained from its leaves. The healing qualities of this herb have also been known for quite some time.
Sage nutmeg - a perennial shrub. It grows up to 120 cm in height. It has a straight stem covered with light hairs. The leaf grows up to 30 cm long, up to 2 cm wide. Outwardly they are oblong, their ends are sharp, and the leaves are wrinkled.
Inflorescences have the form of a panicle or spike. They are branched. Plant blooms from June to August. The seed of a brown shade looks like a nutlet up to 3 mm in diameter.
For application in various purposes collect leaves from July to September. The material is dried in a well-ventilated dark room, stirring occasionally.
The shelf life of raw materials does not exceed 2 years. Clary sage retains its properties in full up to 1 year.
Sage nutmeg, medicinal properties and contraindications of which were known in the most ancient times, were used by such doctors as Dioxide, Hippocrates, Pliny, etc.
They believed that this "sacred grass." The ancient shamans used the plant to enter the trance. Sage was even credited with the ability to resurrect people, communicate with the other world, predict fate.
In the Middle Ages, clary sage was used as a remedy for healing the eyes. He was even called the "Eye of Christ." At the same time, it was used to improve metabolism and digestion, as well as cure women's ailments.
In the 12th century, clary sage was considered a powerful aphrodisiac. The use of this tool has become so popular that in the 17th century, China changed the sage box for three boxes of tea.
This type of plant got its name thanks to German merchants, who added flowers to the wine to imitate a good nutmeg.
Until today, it is believed that sage grows on the site only of the hostess who is engaged in the home.
Clary sage has a wide range of medicinal properties, as well as contraindications, due to its unique composition. The essential oils of clary sage include quite a lot of natural estrogens, camphene, linalool, pinene, linalyl acetate, cymol, etc.
Sage nutmeg, whose medicinal properties have helped in the fight against many ailments, contains mineral salts, phytoncides, flavonoids.
Vitamin composition has many groups of substances. These are vitamins A, C, group B (B1, B, B2, B6), folic acid, choline, and vitamin K. Of the mineral substances, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, zinc, iron, selenium and copper should be noted .
Thanks to this set of trace elements, the plant is quite effective, and the degree of its influence on the body is quite high.
One of the main qualities possessed by the plant is the antiseptic and wound healing effect. Cuts and abrasions are tightened with it faster.
Sage nutmeg oil treats burns of varying severity, as well as long-healing wounds. Therefore, this tool is widely used in the treatment of stomatitis and even stomach ulcers.
After the processing of nutmeg sage into a concentrate, it is used for healing diseases of the peripheral nervous system, as well as chronic diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Dried flowers in the composition of herbal preparations are used as a remedy for headaches.
Clary sage, whose properties are used by modern medicine, improves immunity, prevents insomnia, relieves anxiety and tension.
With a cold tea from sage will help recover much faster. The tool is known since ancient times as a cure for female infertility.
Like any medicine, nutmeg sage, due to its properties, has also contraindications.
Dosages exceed categorically not recommended. Increasing the concentration of the drug, you can achieve the opposite effect, causing severe headache and intoxication.
Do not use sage during pregnancy and lactation. Estradiol contained in the plant, can cause muscle contraction, which will lead to the tone of the uterus. During pregnancy, this condition can lead to miscarriage.
During lactation, sage reduces milk production.
It is contraindicated in children under 5 years.
There are a number of diseases in which the use of medication is prohibited. These include:
- acute pyelonephritis,
- dry, strong cough,
- mastopathy, cancer,
- thyroid dysfunction,
- propensity for allergies.
Negative properties and contraindications of clary sage should be considered by applying the plant regularly. Every three months you need to take a break for at least 20 days.
In addition to the therapeutic properties of clary sage has a number of qualities suitable in other areas.
Due to the aroma of musk, amber it is used in the production of perfumes. For the fragrance of expensive tobacco varieties it is often used in the manufacture of cigars.
In the food industry, sage is used to impart a special flavor to cheeses, tea.
Plant seeds contain large amounts of oil. It has a light yellow color and a pleasant smell. Sage nutmeg oil abroad is considered one of the highest quality of its kind.
Processed cake from seeds has a great nutritional value in animal husbandry. Beekeeping uses the plant for a good level of high quality honey production. Productivity in this case is 150-200 kg / ha.
Clary sage essential oil is often used in confectionery.
Sage in cosmetology
Anti-aging, healing properties of the plant are widely used in medical cosmetology. Herb extract is a part of all kinds of creams, shampoos, balms, body care oils.
In dermatology, sage is known as a good anti-inflammatory, healing agent. Therefore, it is often added to the care of problematic skin. These creams also have a rejuvenating effect.
Hygiene lipstick with chapping lips with Clary Sage extract creates a protective film with healing properties.
Lotions, balms, body oils restore the fatty balance of the skin, restoring its elasticity and energy.
Clary sage, the use of which is widespread in the health sector, helps to smooth scars, accelerates the regeneration processes of the skin.
How to make sage
In order for a plant to fully reveal its healing properties, it is necessary to properly brew its infusions, teas or decoctions.
For external use is used infusion. For its preparation is taken the proportion of dry leaves with water 1:10. Sage poured boiling water and insist for 2 hours.
The broth is prepared in this way only after pouring dry leaves with boiling water, they are kept on the fire for another 15 minutes. Fresh leaves for broth can be used in a ratio of 1: 5. However, it should be remembered that sage nutmeg, medicinal properties and contraindications which should be taken into account in the process of application should be used in a specific dosage. Otherwise, the effect will be unsatisfactory.
Tea will help to quickly relieve inflammation of the throat and mouth. It is good to remove toxins from the liver. Tea is prepared immediately before use. Leaves or flowers pour boiling water and insist 5 minutes.
One of the main qualities of sage is the treatment of infertility in women.
This tool was used in ancient Egypt. In those days, it was proposed to take a decoction with a pinch of salt. And today, for the treatment of problems of the female body, sage is used in the form of broth, but without salt.
A tablespoon of dried leaves of the grass is poured 200 ml of boiling water. This mixture is boiled over low heat for 10 minutes. You can perform this procedure in a water bath. After this decoction is infused for 30 minutes. Then it is filtered and consumed three times a day in a tablespoon.
In addition to its main purpose, this tool improves memory. It can be used to stop lactation.
Having a positive effect on the nervous system, sage is used to treat atherosclerosis, nervous disorders and anxiety.
In the elderly, alcohol tincture is used to treat atherosclerosis. For this, half a liter of vodka is mixed with 3 tablespoons of dried sage leaves.
The mixture is drawn into the sun in a glass bottle for 30 days. After this tool is used on an empty stomach 1 time per day. Tincture should be stored in the refrigerator.
After reviewing all the features, properties that sage nutmeg possesses, it will be easy to apply it for medicinal purposes without harm to health. If there are no considered contraindications to the use of this plant, it can be used to defeat many different diseases. The positive properties of the plant are widely used in modern pharmaceuticals, cosmetology, food and perfume industry. The healing effect of clary sage is confirmed by centuries of using its qualities in the fight against disease.
Sage: useful composition of a medicinal plant
The composition of the leaves of clary sage includes many useful compounds and substances:tannic and resinous, flavonoids, organic acids, vitamins P and PP, bitters, phytoncides. It also contains an essential oil rich in pinene, cineol, thujone, borneol, salven, and other terpene compounds. Sage nutmeg oil is produced at the highest concentration during the fruiting period, and tannins are produced in the middle of autumn.
How useful clary sage: the pharmacological properties of medicinal herbs
For a long time, our ancestors used clary sage as an anti-inflammatory agent for sore eyes and diseases of the female genital system. This is a truly iconic herb. Celts sage flavored alcohol, which helped the priests to dive into nirvana during ritual ceremonies.
English botanist Nicholas Culpeper believed that clary sage has not only pronounced healing properties, but also exudes a subtle scent that has a calming and relaxing effect. An infusion was made from the seeds, which was applied to the inflamed eyes.
Apparently, the effect was mucous substances, which removed inflammatory processes and alleviated irritation. Hieronymus Bock, in his 1577 treatise on herbs, recommends sage nutmeg as a remedy that increases the possibility of women becoming pregnant. Modern studies have shown that sage is similar to female sex hormones in its structure, and therefore has an aphrodisiac effect.
Clary sage essential oil has antibacterial properties and a strong wound-healing effect. By its effectiveness it can be compared with the Vishnevsky ointment. Oil copes with burns, ulcerated wounds that can not be prolonged for a long time, as well as oral lesions such as gingivitis and stomatitis. Concentrated essential oil of Clary sage first extraction has found its use in the treatment of chronic diseases of the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems. Dried inflorescences of plants are added to medicinal fees. In homeopathy, they brew an infusion against a headache, a sedative for “female” problems and a cosmetic preparation.
The healing properties of clary sage also extend to the venous system of the human body, exerting a venotonic effect. Fees, which include sage, help with hemorrhoids, varicose veins and disorders in the systemic circulation. In skin diseases, essential oil of clary sage is used for massage procedures and manual therapy. Lubricate acne, normalize the metabolism of fat on the skin of the face, treat hair loss and eliminate dandruff.
How is sage used in modern medicine?
Leaves and grass of clary sage are used in the modern pharmaceutical industry. They are rich in fragrant essential oil, flavonoids, tannins and vitamins of the P group. Legends composed of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and hemostatic properties of sage.
Everything else it contributes to the secretion of gastric juice and normalizes perspiration. For the treatment, mainly herb is taken, from which infusions and decoctions are prepared, but clary sage is generally a storehouse of useful elements. To prepare the infusion, you need to take two tablespoons of crushed leaves of the plant, pour 500 g of boiling water.
After pouring into a thermos and insist one hour. To make a decoction, you need to take the same part of sage leaves, pour boiling water on it and boil for 15 minutes over low heat.
Useful properties of sage in traditional medicine
In homeopathy, sage is used for diseases of the throat and respiratory system: sore throats, stomatitis, laryngitis, tuberculosis and pulmonary edema. For diseases of the bones and joints: polyarthritis, radiculitis and atherosclerosis. Also with various problems in gynecology. In diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: ulcers of various stages, colitis, gastritis, liver diseases and treatment of external and internal purulent wounds.
It has long been tested by experience antipotovoe action leaves of clary sage. The effect comes very quickly after taking sage tea, but the peak activity occurs after two hours. Sometimes the result can last the whole day. It helps a lot to tea sick tuberculosis with their abundant night sweats.
Receiving sage tea helps to quickly cure chronic bronchitis and inflammation of the kidneys. In its pure form, it is possible to chew the leaves of a plant for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, biliary and liver, as well as a diuretic, choleretic and astringent.
It is helpful for patients with bronchial asthma to smoke a few sage leaves along with the dope leaves. On top of that, smoldering clary sage exudes a pleasant aroma.
Broths and infusions of this plant remarkably strengthen the hair follicles, slowing down the balding process. There are cases when this regression completely stopped. Therefore, clary sage will be interesting in the application of men with problems of hair, the benefits of it are incredible. Such miraculous properties could not circumvent the perfume. Sage extract is present in various firming shampoos.
Infusions of sage herbs cure thrush in infants, bleeding gums and throat, muffle toothache. To prepare this broth, you need to take 5 grams of sage, the same oak bark and pour a glass of boiling water. Broth insist to cool and strain. It should be applied in a warm form.
In case of inflammatory processes of the respiratory organs, inhalations from clary sage help. A handful of herbs should be poured with water and boiled in enamelware for 4 minutes. After the fire, turn off and breathe over the pot, covered with a towel.
The use of clary sage in cosmetology
Essential oil of clary sage has found its application in cosmetology. It is used in aromatherapy as a means to relax, relieve stress and suppress headaches. Sage oil clarifies the mind, harmonizes and gives a feeling of satisfaction. Clary sage causes only positive feedback from cosmetologists regarding its beneficial properties for hair. A decoction of this plant gives natural shine, removes dandruff, stimulates growth and normalizes the sweat-fat metabolism of the scalp.
Antibacterial properties of the plant help to get rid of acne during puberty. The extract of clary sage is added to creams for young and prone to oily skin. Compresses of decoction of sage leaves are superimposed on the eye area, which helps to remove dark circles and make the look clear and cheerful.
How to use sage nutmeg in aromatherapy
Clary sage has gained incredible popularity in the field of aromatherapy. Sage essential oil applied to the wrist, a pillow or poured into an aromatic lamp has a relaxing effect and has an antispasmodic effect. The pleasant smell of sage improves mood during seasonal exacerbations of vascular dystonia, chronic fatigue, nervousness and panic attacks. The aroma of Clary Sage essential oil eases migraines during hormonal disruptions.
Essential oil of this plant is combined with other components when creating perfumes and toilet water. Плюс оно действует как своеобразная связка между другими легко разрушающимися эфирными маслами. Благодаря этому создаются стойкие парфюмерные ароматы.
Sage essential oil is wonderfully combined with oils of grapefruit, bergamot, coriander, sandalwood, jasmine, juniper, incense, and especially rose.
The use of sage in the food industry
In the cuisines of the southern countries of Europe and America, sage has gained extraordinary popularity. Young leaves of the plant are endowed with a spicy bitter taste with a sharp aroma. Sage gives a touch of sophistication to poultry, meat, fish and vegetables. It is added everywhere: in appetizers, salads, first and second courses, desserts and even drinks. Remarkable is the fact that, in the dried state, sage leaves are not inferior in their taste to fresh.
Grinded sage in the form of spicy powder can be seasoned dish as it is prepared, and before serving. It is used to give the cheese a savory and refined taste. Do not do without the use in the confectionery and alcoholic beverage industries. Even when creating cigarettes and cigars, sage is used to perfume elite tobacco varieties.
Clary sage: contraindications
We considered many of the positive properties and application of this wonderful plant in various industries, but what are the contraindications for sage? This plant can not be taken in any form during pregnancy or breastfeeding, unless you deliberately do not need to stop lactation.
People with pronounced problems of the thyroid gland, which can not cope with the production of hormones, should also avoid eating sage. For diseases of the reproductive system in women, this plant is also banned.
Clary – This is a highly allergenic plant, so dermatologists especially point out contraindications for people with individual intolerance.
Description of Clary Sage
This plant has a very powerful root system, reaching up to 1.50 meters deep. The straight stem of a tetrahedral shape sometimes grows up to one meter in height. From the stem branches diverge at the ends of which grow long and spreading panicles. The leaves of sage are strongly wrinkled in the form of a large oval. Closer to the top the leaves turn into pink small bracts. Leaves and stem covered with fluffy hairs. Sage nutmeg photos can be viewed on the sites of medical and horticultural themes.
During flowering sage is covered with pink or white flowers. It occurs from June to August. After flowering fruits appear like nuts. The plant has a powerful and fragrant aroma. From July to September, leaves are collected for further drying for storage. Plant reproduction occurs as a result of self-seeding.
Methods of growing on the site
To grow this plant in three ways.
- Planting seeds in the ground. Sage can be planted in all types of soil, but it is desirable to fertilize it before planting seeds. Seeds should first germinate to improve germination. Sowing is carried out in the spring, with the onset of warm days. At a distance of 0.5 meters between each other, we make grooves 3-4 cm deep. We spread seeds at a distance of 10-15 cm between each other at the bottom of the grooves. Then, we fall asleep with soft earth and water well.
- Growing seedlings. Start growing seedlings need in early spring. Before planting on seedlings at home, the seeds of clary sage should be treated with Energen growth stimulant solution. To do this, the seeds in a gauze bag for a day are placed in this solution. Then, having dried them a little, we plant one by one in a peat pot. Planting in the ground is done directly in the pots, so as not to damage the root system.
- Reproduction by dividing the bush. This method is used at the end of the summer. To do this, dig up a sage bush and divide the root system with a knife or shovel. Before planting, the roots are treated with a fungicide. Then new plants are planted in a permanent place on the site. Young plants before the start of winter should definitely be covered.
Briefly consider the methods of care for this plant.
The process of leaving does not take much time.
- Weeding and watering. Sage shrubs should be thoroughly weeded, as it does not like sow thistle, bitter grass, couch grass and other types of weed. Weeding must be combined with watering bushes. It should be borne in mind that this plant does not require abundant watering, it tolerates drought perfectly.
- Top dressing. The plant is fed three times per season with the Effekton-O or Agricola-Vegeta solution.
- Thinning. If the bushes grow too close to each other, then they should be arranged on the basis of the condition of 25 plants per 1 square meter. m. If this is not done, the plant very quickly loses the essential oil. A shrub too rare is also unacceptable because lodging of lateral shoots occurs.
- Protection against diseases and pests. The most dangerous disease of this plant is scleritinosis. To avoid the occurrence of this disease, it should not be planted too thick. It also often affects powdery mildew. Serum treatment helps to successfully fight this disease. Among the pests come across spider mites, backwires, etc. In this case, the plant is treated with karbofos.
Medicinal properties of the plant
Even in ancient times, the healing properties of this plant were widely used in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases. It was successfully applied to the treatment of diseases of the female genital organs. Adding it to wine allowed the priests to fall into nirvanaduring religious ceremonies. It was proved that its aroma had a calming effect on the human body. In the XVI century recipes of tincture of sage seeds, which relieve inflammation of the eyes, are described.
Modern scientists have shown that in its structure this plant is similar to the female sex hormones. This explains the use of sage by women to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Essential oil is very good for healing wounds. It is sometimes compared in its effectiveness with the Vishnevsky ointment. Oil also helps in the treatment of oral diseases such as stomatitis and gingivitis. Essential oil of high concentration is used in diseases of the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system.
The curative properties of clary sage include a positive effect on the human circulatory system. Composed herbal fees this plant helps with diseases such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, etc. Essential oil is widely used for skin diseases, and also helps to eliminate acne, dandruff and prevents hair loss on the head.
Use in traditional medicine
In folk medicine, this plant is used in the form of various tinctures and tea leaves. So, tea brewed on flowers and sage seeds, has the ability to stop excessive sweating and its effectiveness can last up to 1 day. Tea also helps against bronchial diseases and inflammation of the kidneys.
It helps this plant in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, even if you just chew dried leaves. If smoke sage leavesthen it will help from asthma. Tea is prepared very simply by conventional technology. Two teaspoons of dried flowers and seeds is poured with a glass of boiling water and infused, as usual tea.
What does it look like?
On the shelves there is tea with the addition of herbs, dry collection and even cough drops. However, not everyone knows what sage looks like. The plant reaches a height of 30-40 centimeters. The leaves are pinnate, located in the lower 2/3 of the stem. Salvia crowned with small purple flowers, collected in inflorescences. During flowering (June / July) the plant spreads a pronounced sweet smell.
Sage can be grown in a pot
Where is growing?
Homeland Salvia are mountain slopes in the Mediterranean regions. Where sage grows now:
- in Eurasia, in areas with a dry temperate climate,
- in the northern parts of Africa,
- in South and North America.
The habitat of grass is quite wide. Salvia is ubiquitous.
It is this species that is most popular for its therapeutic properties. Medicinal sage is harvested by mowing in early autumn. Raw materials are dried and used for inhalation, gargling and so on.
It has beautiful lilac feathers-inflorescences. Dubravny sage is used as a valuable honey plant. The grass is widely grown near apiaries in the North Caucasus.
Also known as the name Salvia Divinorum. It grows mainly in North and South America, in moist shady areas. The sage of the soothsayers contains a narcotic substance and is still used by the indigenous people of America and Mexico during shamanistic rites.
The main advantage of this type is an essential oil that has a delicate aroma. The smell combines notes of citrus, pear, amber. Clary sage is used to make alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, baking flavoring, paints and varnishes.
The species grows on the territory of European states. Meadow sage is used in its natural dried form for making seasoning. It is added to meat dishes, fish, when cooking cheeses, etc.
Distributed exclusively in Altai. Steppe sage is considered a wonderful honey plant. With one hectare planted with salvia, you can collect up to 400 kilograms of honey.
Useful and healing properties
Salvia cannot be used as the primary means of therapy due to its low efficacy. Medicinal properties of sage rationally used in combination with traditional methods and only under the supervision of a specialist.
For therapeutic purposes, as a rule, use Chia seeds. This plant is also known under the name "Spanish Sage". Seeds are rich in antioxidants and polysaturated fatty acids. They have a lot of protein and a record amount of calcium. However, in our latitudes such herb as Spanish sage is not found. The plant is found in some regions of South and North America.
To carry out the therapy, you can collect and dry the herb yourself or purchase a collection of medicinal salvia from pharmacies.
Table 2. Useful properties of sage medicinal according to the instructions for use
It has a light green-yellow color and a specific pleasant smell.
Table 3. The benefits of sage oil
With climax and tides
Salvia contains phytoestrogens. These substances are similar in their properties to the female sex hormone. It is believed that the consumption of phytoestrogens for women during the onset of menopause allows you to get rid of sweating, irritability, tides. There is no scientific basis for this statement.
Can I give to children?
Prescribing grass to small patients is allowed only to a specialist. The healing properties of sage allow us to recommend it for the treatment of inflammatory pathologies of the pharynx, larynx and throat in children, but taking into account contraindications. Salvia can cause baby allergies. Children under 3 years old can not gargle with sage because of the likelihood of ingestion of the infusion.
How to take medicine (drink, inhalate)?
Traditional medicine recommends drinking infusion. However, traditional medicine has a different opinion on how to take sage. According to the instructions, it is recommended to gargle with infusion 3-5 times daily. How to drink sage, the summary does not indicate due to the fact that it does not recommend this method for treatment. Exceptions are teas with a small amount of collection.
In order to avoid a negative reaction of the body, follow the instructions and dosage. Among the side effects caused by the consumption of sage, emit:
- itching and redness of the skin, urticaria, eczema,
- increased cough,
- suppression of lactation.
It should be noted that when using herbs exclusively for rinsing and outdoor use the risk of side effects is minimal. That is why you should not go despite the negative answer to the question of whether you can drink sage.
Is health harm possible?
Aimless or excessive consumption of any herbs can be harmful to health. In particular, the use of the therapeutic properties of sage in "amateur" gynecology can cause the penetration of infection or deterioration. Phytoestrogens in the composition can negatively affect the hormonal background. Consumption of salvia inside can also provoke dyspeptic disorders.
Use in cooking
Meal and medicinal salvia are mainly used for cooking. The Italians and the French took the honorable place for sage in cooking. They made this spice an obligatory component of many national dishes. The combination of dried grass with meat tenderloin has become a classic at all.
Spice is an ingredient in some milk-based products. Sage is usually added to cottage cheese, fermented milk drinks, but some kinds of cheese with salvia are especially beautiful. In France, delicate varieties of fragrant cheese are served with honey and nuts and are served to exquisite grape wines.
It is strictly forbidden to start taking any medications, including natural infusions and fees, based on the opinion of Internet users. However, on many sites you can find a variety of reviews about the use of sage.
As for the use of infertility and gynecological pathologies, opinions differ here. Someone reports that therapy has not brought results. Others believe that the use of sage has led to the appearance of the long-awaited baby. It should be borne in mind that the opinion of the benefits of grass for conception may be subjective.
The composition and therapeutic properties of clary sage
In sage, all parts have healing properties. From leaves, flowers, roots and seeds, decoctions, infusions, teas, and essential oil are prepared. It is rich in phytoncides, organic acids, phytohormones, tannins, resins, bioflavonoids, vitamin P and PP. Sage essential oil consists of 8 organic acids, therefore it has a wide range of effects on the body. The root of the plant contains antitumor substances.
Raw materials are collected at the peak of flowering - in the month of July. At this time, the highest essential oil content is concentrated in the leaves and flowers.
In general, sage nutmeg has the following medicinal properties:
- wound healing
Decoctions and infusions of plants are taken orally, tea is made of compresses for the eyes, and oil is used externally to treat skin, hair, and massage. At the pharmacy, you can buy ready-made preparations of clary sage or herbs for self-preparation of therapeutic agents.
Scope and contraindications
Salvia nutmeg is considered a female plant. It helps in the treatment of gynecological diseases, improves the condition of the skin and hair, soothes the nervous system. Herbal decoctions of plants are taken to normalize the menstrual cycle, reduce the symptoms of PMS. For menopausal women, the plant helps to get rid of hot flashes and adapt to the lack of their own hormones.
The scope of clary sage is much wider. It is used to:
- strengthen the nervous system
- regulation of sweating,
- treatment of tonsillitis, stomatitis, urolithiasis, prolonged cough, tachycardia, rheumatism,
- strengthening immunity and activation of antiviral protection,
- normalization of blood pressure.
In the period of epidemics of influenza and ORVi it is useful to drink decoctions of plants to stimulate the immune system and disinfect the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. For diseases of the musculoskeletal system drink herbal infusions with long courses of 2 months. Infusions are effective in articular rheumatism, arthrosis, polyarthritis. sore joints rubbed with tincture of sage on alcohol.
For the treatment of increased nervous excitability, stress management, psycho-emotional stress take a bath with a decoction of salvia flowers. She helps with a breakdown and depression.
With varicose veins, hemorrhoids, circulatory disorders, sage is brewed as tea and taken orally in courses of 2-3 weeks. Tea made from the seeds and flowers of the plant has a powerful antioxidant effect and is a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, it is often taken by vegetarians who do not eat oily fish.
Essential oils contained in all parts of clary sage have many healing properties and contraindications. Runny nose, inflammation of the nasopharynx, cough, bronchitis, tracheitis - all this is well treated by rinsing the throat and taking sage milk. Broths and teas from dried raw materials possess mucolytic action, help the lungs to get rid of sputum.
Such treatment is contraindicated in pregnant women who are nursing, children under 2 years. The plant causes increased growth of fibroids, endometrium of the uterus, cysts on the ovaries, therefore it is contraindicated in these diseases. Allergy, individual intolerance and insufficient synthesis of thyroid hormones are direct indications to refuse to take a plant.
Use of essential oil
In cosmetology and medical medicine, the essential oil of clary sage is used externally, in aromatherapy and inhalation. Продукт обладает такими полезными свойствами:
Для проведения процедуры массажа эфирное масло смешивают с любым другим базовым маслом или кремом в пропорции 1:3. For rubbing into the area of diseased joints use a clean product. Oil is applied with massage movements in 2 sets in 15 minutes. This technique relieves pain and inflammation in the joints and bones.
1-2 drops of oil added to the skin care cream for the face and body. If there is irritation, such a tool will quickly remove redness and peeling. Effective against psoriasis. In the evening you can take a soothing bath with oil. In addition to the effect of relaxation procedure to improve the condition of the skin.
If there are pustular skin diseases of the face, acne and acne, rubbing in pure oil contributes to their healing and disappearance. The main thing - to exclude allergies.
Inhalation with sage helps relieve inflammation in the upper respiratory tract and contribute to the dilution of sputum in the bronchi. When bronchitis diluted oil lubricate the chest 2 times a day. For burns, ulcers, difficult-to-heal wounds and stomatitis, they also use sage oil. It has an antibacterial and healing effect, quickly fixes the problem.
Medicinal properties of nutmeg sage oil and contraindications to its use are identical to the characteristics of the plant as a whole.
Sage for hair
For the treatment and rehabilitation of hair using sage oil and decoctions for rinsing. Oil is rubbed into the scalp to cope with increased sebum production and increase blood flow to the hair follicles. Dry and split ends are treated with oil in order to protect against evaporation of moisture and further destruction of the structure. Oil is added to caring hair masks.
Clary sage for hair is used in the form of medicinal decoctions. After shampooing, you can rinse your head with warm decoction to make the curls shiny, obedient and give them a light aroma. For blond hair, a few drops of lemon juice are added to the decoction. A strong sage decoction helps in the fight against dandruff and increased dryness of the scalp. If a woman suffers from alopecia - rapid hair loss, her head is rinsed daily with strong tea from salvia flowers.
The persistent and pleasant aroma of sage has long been used by perfumers to create exclusive compositions. In aromatherapy, the plant is known for its relaxing, soothing and antispasmodic effect.
Sage is used in aromatherapy to relieve migraine headaches, improve mood, relieve nervous tension, cope with seasonal depression. Salvia oil is applied to the wrist joint or used in the aroma lamp.
Sage is well combined with lavender, rose, bergamot, sandalwood, jasmine and other oils.
About the healing properties of clary sage was written in the writings of ancient healers. It is mentioned in the annals of ancient Russia, Celtic sources, in the books of East Asian sages. The plant is widespread both on the plains and in the mountains and is known to many peoples. Useful properties for health are confirmed by scientific research, ready-made products are available for over-the-counter sales. This is a reason to think about the use of medicinal plants in his family.
Types of sage: variety and features
Sage is a herbaceous perennial, and there are many species of this plant, and, accordingly, their varieties on the entire planet. But the most common are the following types:
Of these herbs are made drugs that are most popular in reproductive gynecology. Sage decoctions should be drunk for women who have been diagnosed with infertility. In addition, sage and charges, in which it is included, help in the treatment of acute respiratory diseases. And of course - seasoning from finely crushed flowers of this grass. It will give a bright taste to any meat dish.
Important: depending on the variety of clary sage, the properties of the essential oil obtained from it will differ. Hallucinogenic varieties are rarely used for medical purposes, and in our region are prohibited by law to grow.
What useful properties does sage have?
Since the essential oil is the most common type of extracting clary sage, it can be purchased at any pharmacy or homeopathic store. Added to a hot bath, in the amount of a few drops, it will significantly enhance female sexual attractiveness.
What are the beneficial properties of clary sage? There are a lot of them, and depending on the type of plant, sage-based drugs will affect the human body in different ways. Therefore, before starting treatment, it is necessary to clearly indicate what kind of effect the patient wants to receive from such therapy. On this depends not only the selected variety of sage, but also the method of its preparation.
Professional homeopaths call clary sage mountain, because of its habitat and inaccessibility during harvesting. Confectioners gladly add sage water to sweets and liqueurs.
Particularly useful seeds of the plant, because they are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are needed to maintain the metabolic processes in the human body. Usually these acids can be obtained from fish dishes, but in the case of vegetarians this method becomes unavailable. Here comes to the aid of tea from sage, which promotes the penetration of fatty acids into the body and the replication of new cells. Tea is made not only from flowers, but also from grass seeds. In addition, tea is an excellent antioxidant.
In the aerial parts of the plant contains a large amount of antioxidants, so their use ensures the purification of the body from free radicals. With the inclusion of tea in the daily diet - you can throw off excess weight, because this drink causes a feeling of a full stomach, and the feeling of hunger for a long time disappears. Seeds are rich in fiber, which helps fight and overweight, while gently cleansing the intestines from the decay products of food.
Beauticians are advised to use clary sage to treat hair. Rinsing with cold broth is designed to strengthen the hair follicles. Rinse your hair after a thorough wash. And if you add in a familiar mask a few drops of essential oil, you can not only strengthen the hair, but also spur their growth.
What are the healing qualities of clary sage?
The healing properties of clary sage were known in the times of ancient Russia. Since that time, a decoction of this herb treats respiratory diseases and runny nose. Modern pharmacists for the treatment of rhinitis offer sage drops. The infusion is prepared very simply: for this, one dessert spoon of the grass is brewed with half a cup of hot water, after which it is tightly covered and insisted until it is completely cooled. You can flush your nose every three hours.
Cough and inflammation of the larynx are treated with rinses. To do this, you need to take two spoons of dry raw materials and pour 500 ml of boiling water over them, then insist for thirty minutes. Rinse throat every two hours during the day. Hindus have long struggled with cough with sage and milk. One glass of homemade milk is heated, but they do not allow it to boil. In this milk they put a teaspoon of honey, half a spoonful of ground cinnamon, a quarter of a spoonful of turmeric and a quarter - sage nutmeg. The mixture should be mixed well, wait for cooling to room temperature, and use one cup three times a day. But it cannot be treated this way for more than two days.
It is important: if during the treatment the sick person does not eat well, then sage preparations can slightly damage the gastric mucosa.
In case of excessive sweating, it is recommended to mix freshly squeezed tomato juice and sage tea. This unusual cocktail is taken twice a day. Despite all the apparent absurdity of the recipe, this cocktail significantly reduces the intensity of sweating.
Sage flavored lozenges are used to soften strong dry coughs. They soften the mucous epithelium lining the throat, and secrete beneficial essential oil. As a preventive measure, lozenges can also be offered to heavy smokers who have chronic coughing attacks.
Herbal tea, which includes sage, is prepared using the most common technology: 2 spoons of dried flowers and seeds are brewed with 250 ml of boiling water and all this is covered tightly. Like all herbal teas, this one should also be drawn for thirty minutes. Then strong tea leaves can be poured into cups and diluted with hot water. It is recommended to sweeten the tea with honey, not sugar.
In cooking, clary sage is used as a spice for meat dishes, as it gives them a sharp and rich smell. Seasoning should be added to the dish five minutes before it is removed from the heat. Then the flavor will remain completely. Freshly harvested green sage leaves are added to salads. If abused, sage can spoil the taste of the dish, as it will kill all other spices and vegetables with its smell. Flowers are often added to cold drinks, to give them a special freshness.
Clary sage as a cure for infertility
Clary sage has found its use in reproductive medicine and successfully helps women who fail to conceive a child. It has a calming effect on the body, which allows you to remove the constant stress caused by problems with childbirth. But the use of nutmeg sage during pregnancy is strictly prohibited.
Once in the female body, sage begins to affect the production of two significant hormones - estrogen and progesterone. The first is the most active sex hormone in women, and the second is responsible for the onset of pregnancy. Thanks to them, the process of synthesizing other hormones that are necessary for successful delivery and abundant lactation is launched. Nutmeg sage drugs inhibit progesterone synthesis and increase estrogen levels, which means that pregnant women can have a miscarriage, or after the baby is born, there is not enough breast milk to feed it.
But this grass is indispensable during the planning of conception. In order to quickly and successfully become pregnant, a woman must make a decoction of sage, which then begins to douche the vagina. The broth is prepared as follows: take one spoonful of dry sage herb and pour 250 ml of hot water. After that, insist ten minutes. The temperature of the broth, suitable for douching - 37C. The decoction should be inside for at least fifteen minutes. You can perform the procedure from the fifth day after the seasonal menstruation has ended. Therapeutic course is ten days.
You can not prescribe such drugs for yourself without proper consultation with an observer. As it is possible to control indicators of hormonal background only in specialized clinical conditions. Tracking optimal days for conception will simplify the process itself and speed up the onset of pregnancy.
Categorical contraindications to the use of clary sage
As mentioned above - you can not take drugs from sage during pregnancy or breastfeeding. As an exception to the rule, those situations are considered when lactation should be urgently stopped.
Treatment with sage should be avoided with a deficiency of hormones produced by the thyroid gland. As well as with diagnosed myoma, polycystic ovary and endometriosis.
Before using sage, you should consult with your doctor about the growth rate of follicles. Otherwise, benign cysts may develop on the ovaries. The growth rate is determined using ultrasound diagnostics.
People with heightened skin sensitivity should be wary of clary sage, in order to avoid individual allergic reactions.