Sage

Sage

Part:  aerial parts during budding (whole plant above ground), *leaves can just be used for ease of collection rather than whole plant

Scientific name:  Salvia officinalis

Energy: drying and warming

Taste:  aromatic and pungent

Western herbalism:  Lamiaceae  family (mint family), contains essential oils (main: cis-thujone at 17.4%), carminative, astringing and antibacterial (specifically towards  Strep. and  Staph.  bacterial strains)

Main uses:   helps with poor peripheral circulation, reduces perspiration (i.e. hot flashes, night sweats) due to circulation issues, can be used for gastric distress (i.e. gas and burping) and diarrhea, a mouth wash can be used for gum and throat sores/irritations

*from experience with use by others and myself, sage tea can is helpful for menstrual cramps in moderate doses ( but can increase bleeding during menses if used in excess)

2017 study on  Salvia officinalis, findings include anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antidementia, hypoglycemic, and hypolipidemic effects (Ghorbani A, and Mahdi E, 2017).

Our review shows that S. officinalis and S. lavandulaefolia exert beneficial effects by enhancing cognitive performance both in healthy subjects and patients with dementia or cognitive impairment and is safe for this indication (Miroddi M1, Navarra M, Quattropani MC, Calapai F, Gangemi S, Calapai G. 2014).

Cautions:  should not take when pregnant, as sage increases uterine circulation (emmenagogue and abortifacient actions), may also reduce lactation

Preparation and dosage:  Tea-  1 cup boiled water to 1tsp leaves,  Tincture (dry leaf)- between 10 and 40 drops 1 to 4 times /day

*Always consult a qualified health professional before using herbal medicine, especially in conjunction with pharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses above those found in food amounts*

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References:

Ref 1:   (Ghorbani, Ahmad, and Mahdi Esmaeilizadeh. “Pharmacological properties of  Salvia officinalis  and its components, Journal of traditional and complementary medicine  vol. 7,4 433-440. 13 Jan. 2017, doi:10.1016/j.jtcme.2016.12.014)

 

Ref 2:   (Miroddi M1, Navarra M, Quattropani MC, Calapai F, Gangemi S, Calapai G., Systematic review of clinical trials assessing pharmacological properties of Salvia species on memory, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy, CNS Neurosci Ther. 2014 Jun;20(6):485-95. doi: 10.1111/cns.12270. Epub 2014 Apr 10.

 

Fennel Seed

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Fennel

Part: Seed

Scientific name: Foeniculum vulgare

Energy: (Slightly) warming

Taste: Sweet, pungent, aromatic, acrid

Western herbalism:   Parsley family (Apiaceae), can contain up to 6% essential oil, and does contain fixed oil, and flavonoids, among other medicinal constituents

Main uses:   mild expectorant, antispasmodic, effects beta-2 receptors causing vasodilation, relaxation of the intestinal tract, as well as uterus relaxation, dilation of the bronchioles, and relaxation of the bladder, also used for anti-inflammatory effects, as a galactagogue, carminative, contains phytoestrogens, and used for flavoring

Traditional Chinese Medicine:   Chinese name: XIAO HUI XIANG

Main uses:   used to move stagnant Liver Qi and warm the Spleen and Stomach, reduces abdominal coldness and helps relieve pain due to cold stagnation in testes

Ayurvedic/Indian:

Dosha effects: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Main uses: Used as a carminative for digestion, flatulence and colic in infants, antispasmodic for digestive upset and coughs, anti-inflammatory, helps with the production of breast milk in lactating mothers, phytoestrogenic, mild expectorant, and helps mildly induce the onset of menses

Cautions: possible cautioned use in pregnancy, essential oil can be overused and cause seizures, vomiting, and pulmonary edema

Preparation and dosage:

Tea- 1tsp of crushed seeds, Powder- Acute condition- up to 12grams/day     Chronic condition- 1-2grams/day,     Tincture- 1:4,  10 to 60 drops 4 times/day

*Always consult a qualified health professional before using herbal medicine, especially in conjunction with pharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses above those found in food amounts*

 

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Rosemary

Rosemary

Part: Leaf

Scientific name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Energy: drying and warming

Taste: spicy and aromatic

Western herbalism:   Mint family (Lamiaceae)

Main uses:   Nervine, diuretic, astringent, carminative, abortifacient, emmenagogue, cholagogue, anti-spasmodic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, can be used as a tonic for peripheral circulation and to soothe the nervous system, is useful for headaches and hypotension potentially due to stress or recent illness, and the essential oil can be used topically to relieve pain, whilst increasing circulation, can also be used to strengthen hair or combined with apple cider or white vinegar as a rinse for dandruff/itchy scalp

*specifically used for headaches caused by stomach ailments, and contains aromatic oils and salicylic acid

Cautions: in pregnancy as it can bring on menses

Preparation and dosage:

Tea- 1tsp per cup of water, 1:5 dry leaf tincture- 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day

 

*Always consult a qualified health professional before using herbal medicine, especially in conjunction with pharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses above those found in food amounts*

 

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