Sage is considered a sacred herb since antiquity, a salvaging and saving herb. Its very name, Salvia, comes from the Latin "salvare", to salvage, save. Different Sage species have been used all around the world since thousands of years. Still today, the North American Indians use it to purify and facilitate the communication with the divine powers. It removes negative energy and is associated with wisdom. In the Medieval, sage was considered a 'panacea', a 'cure-all', and it has been cultivated in monastery gardens. Sage also plays a part in Muslim rituals, at weddings, births and as an incense.
For the teeth
Brushing one’s teeth with a drop of sage oil added to the toothpaste strengthens the gums. People have used sage leaves to rub onto their teeth and as a mouthwash for centuries
For the body
Sage, may help calm excesses in the body, a simple tea or infusion of sage leaves can cool the body down. It is an excellent and effective option for women suffering from hot flush symptoms due to menopause. Sage may also help reduce sweating, making it a useful herb to try if you are naturally inclined to produce a lot of perspiration.
Sage will also help to decrease a mother’s milk. So if you are weaning an infant and you want to reduce lactation it is worth taking. Another traditional common use for sage was to help calm down painful or very heavy menstruation.
For the hair
Sage has a long history of use as a hair tonic and is said to be helpful for baldness and dandruff. Bringing out dark highlights in hair, it was also thought to aid greyness. It has a harsh effect on the hair and scalp which counters excessive oiliness.
The ancient Egyptians used sage as a tonic for the brain as did Chinese tradition. Chinese traders are recorded trading tea for sage. The ancient Romans and Greeks used sage for snake bites and in medieval times it was used for colds, fevers, epilepsy, constipation and mouthwash (records show that sage was used in Crete in 1600 BC to clear throat inflammation).
An old method of teeth whitening was to rub a fresh sage leaf over your teeth each day. Sage also has a strong tradition of use as a deodorant and its astringent nature makes it useful in any skin formula designed to reduce large pores.