Sage Kills 51% of Melanoma Cells in Vitro and Reduces Risk in Humans: The herb sage is rich in the powerful anti-cancer compound thujone, which in this study was shown to kill 51% of human melanoma cells in vitro.
But does sage reduce melanoma risk in humans? Yes, according to a study out of the Italy, where this herb is often consumed as part of the traditional diet: people eating sage at least once weekly had 32% less risk of melanoma. Apart from thujone, this super-herb contains several other compounds with proven health benefits, including cineole, carnosol, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.
Sage has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, and it’s many health benefits are now being confirmed by some remarkable new clinical trials. One trial showed that 333 mg of sage extract daily significantly improved memory performance in older adults while in another clinical trial, 60 drops daily of liquid extract significantly enhanced cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Sage is also such a powerful natural antibacterial that one clinical trial (out of Switzerland) showed that a spray of sage + echinacea performed as well as chlorhexidine + lidocaine in treating sore throats! Sage can be consumed as supplements, prepared as a tea, or used generously as a herb in a variety of dishes.
Sage – Nature Wonder Herb
(Salvia officinalis) is cultivated as a spice and medicinal herb. This plant is known from parts of Europe, especially the Balkans, where is used for obtaining essential oils.
The Latin name of the whole genus Salvia comes from the Latin word “salvare“, which means “rescue saving curing …” because the Romans 2000 years ago appreciated and used sage for healing.
The effectiveness of the leaves is due primarily to the presence of etheric oil (1.5 – 2.5 percent), which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action.
It has been proven that etheric oil destroys bacteria Eshericia colli, Schigela sonei, Salmonela, and has a slightly weaker activity against bacteria of a group of staphylococci and streptococci.
It is effective in destroying certain types of fungi as: cadida albicas, cadida krusei, cadidapseudotropicalis, torulopsis glabrata and cyptococcus eoformas.
Etheric sage oil is colorless or yellow-green liquid with an aromatic and bitter taste.
Because of this effect, sage is a useful herb for treating inflammation and infections of the mucous membranes in the mouth, gums and throat. For these diseases gargle from sage tea is recommended.
-Put 2 tablespoons of crushed dried sage leaves in 2 cups of boiling water water. Cover it and let it stay like that for 20 or 30 minutes, then drain it.
For treatment to be successful, you must do gargle regularly , every 3 hours .
Sage softens the mucous secretions from the inflamed mucosa of the respiratory organs. Because of that you can drink sage tea against bronchitis.
-The tea is prepared with 1 tablespoon dried leaves and 2 cups of boiling water. Drink it three times a day.
You should avoid long term drinking tea because etheric oil from sage contains toxic substance thujone.
Dry leaves are used as a spice because it improves the taste and scent of food, and helps the digestion too.
Tea can be used for improving the functions of bile and liver, because bitter substances and etheric oil increase the secretion of digestive juices in the body.
Sage tea has a diuretic effect, which is poorly expressed and due to the presence of flavonoids . It can help with chronic disease of urinary tract .
From a long time ago is known that sage tea is very effective cure for sweating. This power of sage it’s explained by its effect on the nervous center which regulates the glands that secrete sweat.
Commonly is recommended against perspiration of neuromuscular origin or the heat waves that occur during menopause.
Applied on the skin , tea tightens skin and calms inflammation. Especially good for oily skin with open pores and irritated skin.
Sage is a remarkable tool for whitening teeth, strengthening gums and aid in periodontitis. A small spoon of sage leaves is mixed with 1 drop of peppermint etheric oil and abit of baking soda. With this mixture rub the teeth and gums twice a week.