(Salvia officinalis) Sage has been in culinary and medicinal use for hundreds of years and has been tradtionally linked with longevity. It is reputed to assist memory function in the elderly and, like rosemary and thyme, this is likely due to its ability to maintain acetylcholine levels in the brain (a lack of this neurotransmitter is associated with Alzheimer’s disease). Sage leaves have an affinity with the mouth and throat and an infusion with some honey added can be syringed into the mouth of a horse suffering from mouth ulcers/infections.
Sage can also be used, along with other appropriate herbs, as a stimulating tonic for rehabilitating sick or injured horses, restoring digestive and circulatory function. It contains antioxidant, anti-asthmatic and anti-inflammatory compounds. Sage acts to reduce excessive perspiration and salivation, and its oestrogenic activity sees it applied to irregular menstruation and menopausal troubles such as hot flashes. Sage can reduce/stop milk production in nursing mares.
ACTIONS include: astringent (having a contracting action on mucous membranes), carminative (easing gas in the gut), antispasmodic, antiseptic, uterine stimulant, cholagogue (stimulating bile flow), peripheral vasodilator; reduces perspiration, salivation and lactation .
CAUTION: Do not administer sage to pregnant mares. Sage should only be used in small quantities (seek advice from a professional herbalist) and not for prolonged periods. It contains thujone which can trigger convulsions in epileptics, who should not use this herb.