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Brand Name: Common Sage, Culinary Sage, Garden Sage, Meadow Sage, Salvia Officinalis, True Sage

Generic Name: sage

Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals

What Is Sage and How Does It Work?

Sage is a herbal supplement which can be used as a natural remedy as treatment for Alzheimer's disease, herpes labialis, diarrhea, colds, excessive perspiration, (GI antispasmodic/antiflatulent), abdominal cramps, bloating, menstrual cramps and bleeding, cough, tonsil or throat infections. Sage has antibacterial/antimicrobial traits. Some women use sage to treat hot flashes.

Sage may be of benefit for menopausal hot flashes accompanied by profuse perspiration and it may also be used to stop breast milk production when weaning a child from breast feeding. Sage can also be used as a hair rinse in the treatment of dandruff, oily hair or scalp infections and may also restore color to gray or white hair.

Sage is available under the following different brand or other names: common sage, culinary sage, garden sage, meadow sage, salvia officinalis, and true sage.

Dosages of Sage Should Be Given As Follows:


  • Tincture: take 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves in a sip of water every day or twice a day.
  • Herbal Tea: drink several cups of sage tea every day for several weeks.
  • Gargle or take small sips of sage tea: as needed throughout day.

Alzheimer's Disease

  • Salvia Officinalis Hydroalcoholic Extract: equivalent to 1 gram of sage by mouth every day, or
  • Salvia Lavandulaefolia Extract: titrated up to 2.5 mg by mouth 3 times per day.

Herpes Labialis

  • Topical cream: 23 mg/day of sage extract and rhubarb extract applied every 2-4 hours for 10-14 days.

Dosage Considerations

There are no dosage considerations for the use of sage.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/6/2017

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