Sage has a beautiful aroma and flavor but apart from being wonderful in the kitchen, this marvelous herb has long been prized for its medicinal properties especially for relieving symptoms of menopause.
The Latin name for Sage, Salvia officinalis, is derived from 'salvere' meaning to to 'save' and refers to the traditional healing properties of Sage. Many women find that Sage does indeed save them from symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flushes and a Swiss study supports this traditional use.
Women with menopausal frequent hot flushes took a once-daily tablet of fresh sage leaves and within 4-weeks their symptoms had decreased by 50% and within 8 weeks by 64%. Severe hot flushes were reduced by 100% and there were improvements in mood and overall health.
So humble Sage is more than just a kitchen herb, it is a traditional herbal medicine that may help relieve night sweats and hot flushes associated with the menopause at a simple once daily dose.