Sage is one of the mightiest natural antibiotic that in addition has strong antiseptic and antiviral properties. Sage has bitter taste, but adding sugar or honey solves the problem. This herb was in the olden days called “heals all”, and is very helpful in healing so many health conditions – and especially as main remedy or support in treating all bacterial and viral infections as well as anti-inflammation remedy.
Sage is especially good for tonsil and respiratory infections of the mouth. During the cold season use of sage in daily cooking is a good immune system booster and will help strengthen the digestive system.
Sage will help reduce fever, chills and body ache when taken on the onset of cold and flu.
7 ways to use Sage for everyday health:
1 . Tea:
Prepare sage tea by placing a teaspoon of powdered sage or a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh sage in a cup of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes and drink hot – excellent for throat – respiratory problems or digestive complications.
Sage water makes an excellent strengthening tonic. Pour a quart of boiling water over a handful of fresh leaves and allow the brew to sit over night. Strain and refrigerate. Drink throughout the day as much as one quart per day for a week.
3. Gargle and Mouth wash:
Prepare a mild sage tea for a simple mouthwash to be used daily. If you have a throat or mouth infection prepare a strong sage tea and gargle warm throughout the day to help control bacteria in the mouth and throat; use until the infection is gone.
Place a handful of fresh sage (white sage makes a particularly good inhalant) in a large pot with one gallon of water. Bring to a boil. Place pot in the sink and inhale the steam. You can place a towel over your head to make a tent for trapping the steam for a more intense experience. You can also place a gallon of very strong sage tea in a hot bath to promote sweating and to help break cold or lung congestion. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
5. Refresh room:
Burn dried sage as incense to refresh a room.
6. Stop bleeding on an open wound:
Powdered sage placed directly on an open wound will stop bleeding and promote healing.
7. Antiseptic wash:
Prepare a strong tea from fresh or dried sage and use to wash wounds and burns at least three to four times a day.
8. Brighten mood:
Brighten your mood by putting a few drops of sage essential oil in an infuser to purify and clear the energy in a room. It is particularly helpful in a room used by someone bedridden with a long-term illness.
List of other natural antibiotic is very long – some of the most known are: lavender, garlic, turmeric, thyme, rosemary, grapefruit seeds, Echinacea
Nature is so full of gifts that are here to help us.