- Sage - "cvyaschennaya grass"
- In terms of botany
- Healing properties
Sage - a perennial shrub of the family yasnotkovyh. Latin name salvia - salvia - comes from the words "health" and "salvation." The Arabs believed that sage gives immortality, and the Egyptians gave them infertile women, as well as used as a protection against the plague. Belief in the miraculous properties of sage are not unfounded: it is often used as a treatment for multiple disorders, including flatulence (gas), bloating, lack of appetite and excessive sweating.
The use in medicine of sage
The healing properties of sage has long been known. The ancient Greeks valued sage for his property to strengthen the senses, mental strength, intelligence, and restore memory. "Father of Medicine" Hippocrates believed his sacred grass and the most effective remedy for female infertility. Roman physicians recommended that infusions of sage in diseases digestive system, kidney, and menstrual irregularities. Like most of the herbs used in cooking, sage improve digestion and stimulate the appetite, and reducing bloating and cramping in the intestine.
Sage contains phytosterols - active substance having a cooling effect. Studies have shown that topical application of sage leaves infusion reduces sweating twice. In ancient and modern folk medicine sage is used for treating heavy uterine bleeding and cramps, which are aggravated by heat treatments. Sage also helps to suppress the production of breast milk when you want to separate the child from breastfeeding. Due to its cooling properties, sage is also used during menopause to relieve hot flashes, accompanied by profuse sweating.
Sage is also recommended to rinse the hair dandruff
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or infections of the scalp. According to some reports, sage returns the color of bleached or gray hair.
Essential sage oil contains alpha and beta-thujone, camphor and cineole - known antioxidant, which have antimicrobial activity. Essential oil of sage destroys bacteria, making it ideal for the treatment of all kinds of bacterial infections.
External use sage
The cooled concentrated decoction or infusion of sage and lemon without sugar is used as a lotion for the treatment of abrasions and ulcers. This lotion - a great natural hair dye, not less effective than henna. To get rid of gray hair is also recommended to take a decoction of sage inside.
Pasta with fresh leaves and young shoots of sage in rural India is used as a dentifrice. It strengthens the gums and cleans the mouth and teeth. Many herbal dentifrice powders contain sage.
Hot compresses with a decoction of sage helps to relieve headaches, cramps and also facilitates the abdomen, reduces bloating and discomfort in the gut. In addition, a hot compress with sage useful for sprains, to relieve itching and swelling after insect bites. Butter, cream or ointment containing sage used for pain in the joints.
Sage in Ayurveda
The basic principle of the teachings of Ayurveda - not to treat the disease and to eliminate its causes, that is to treat the patient. Ayurveda makes life a harmonious, and as a result of disease and ailments recede. All Ayurvedic remedies are natural, natural origin.
Sage is used in Ayurveda, often along with other medicinal plants. According to experts, sage can be used as a skin soothing agent that effectively removes a variety of irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Most experts on the ancient Indian science prefers sage oil, instead of dried grass. This oil - a real concentrate of active ingredients, so it is used in very small doses. One drop can be enough to prepare extremely effective cosmetic or therapeutic agent.
Aromatic Ayurvedic tea-based sage is recommended for disorders of the brain. In such a hot tea is used in respiratory diseases as an expectorant. The cold remedy has a diuretic effect and helps cleanse the body. According to Ayurveda therapists, sage - a powerful source of positive energy, the plant is capable of clear mind and calm the passions.
In Ayurveda harness sage leaves to cleanse the house of negative energy. Smoke sage creates a powerful field of pranic energy that repels negative energy. In hot sage it is sudorific and expectorant imbalance Kapha and Vata. The cold is a Sage has astringent and diuretic properties, beneficial for Pitta. Sage clears the mind of emotions
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, Contributes to the achievement of peace and clarity, reduces excessive desire and passion, as well as soothes the heart.
Preparations and dosage
For therapeutic purposes, sage is often taken orally in the form of tea. Before applying sage leaves was dried, and then mixed with mint leaves
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, Lemon grass, chamomile or other herbs. This is done to enhance the healing properties of sage and decreasing its strong, pungent smell.
For the preparation of herbal tea with sage 2 teaspoons with the top pour 1/4 liter of boiling water and leave to infuse for 15 minutes, after which the tea is ready to drink. Drink tea with sage several times a day for a week to suppress lactation or reduce sweating.
Precautions and side effects
According to some reports, the beta-thujone, in large quantities contained in sage, can cause epileptic seizures. Although the use of salvia as a spice is considered to be safe, do not use sage to treat, especially during pregnancy. Excessive use of sage causes severe headaches and irritability
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Lose weight with sage
Weight gain - a serious reason to review your diet and lifestyle. But much is too difficult to dramatically change their lives for the sake of a slim figure. An indispensable tool in the diet are herbs. In particular, used for weight loss and sage. It is believed that this herb helps the body to go through a difficult period of restrictions.
Many nutritionists believe that the efficacy of sage for weight loss is greatly exaggerated. This plant has neither fat burning or cleaning properties, it can not suppress appetite or prolong the feeling of satiety. Yet those who are dieting to lose weight, often used sage as a spice that makes fresh food diet delicious and attractive. Low-calorie meals should be tasty, that the hand is not reached for slimming chocolate bar or other "harmful" product. Sage in a spice makes it possible to get from food and the joy of a new experience, and thus reduces the likelihood of breakdowns and violations of the diet.
Tea with sage leaves, according to many, is able to blunt the feeling of hunger and calm the nerves. However, drinking this tea should be moderate - no more than three cups a day, if not contraindicated.
The perfect tool for losing weight - bath with sage. These baths rejuvenate the skin, making it supple and reduce sweating, which often suffer from overweight.