Tincture: take 1/8 to 1/2 tspn dried sage leaves in a sip of water qDay/BID
Herbal Tea: drink several cups of sage tea qDay for several weeks
Gargle or take small sips of sage tea: PRN throughout day
Salvia Officinalis Hydroalcoholic Extract: equivalent to 1 g sage PO qDay OR
Salvia Lavandulaefolia Extract: titrated up to 2.5 mg PO TID
Topical cream: 23 mg/d of sage extract and rhubartd exract applied q 2-4hr x10-14 days
Treatment of alzheimer's disease and herpes labialis
Treatement of diarrhea, colds, and excessive perspiration
GI antispasmodic/antiflatulent, relieves abdominal cramps & bloating
Treatment for bright red, abundant uterine bleeding & cramps
May be of benefit for menopausal hot flashes accompanied by profuse perspiration
Treatment of coughs & tonsil or throat infections
Stop breast-milk production when weaning a child from breastfeeding
Hair rinse for dandruff, oily hair, or scalp infections; may restore color to gray or white hair
Serious - Use Alternative
Significant - Monitor Closely
Headaches & irritability can occur when consuming excessive amounts of sage
Hx of seizures
Pregnancy (>amounts found in food)
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: N/A
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Beta-thujone, a volatile oil occurs in significant amounts in sage