Sage is a very popular herb that is used throughout the world. Originating in the Mediterranean, it was believed to be able to cure all those who were sick. Even though it is commonly used as a cooking herb, it still can be used to treat different types of illness. (Red Sage Plant, 2011).
Sage is very useful in treating cold sores. Along with rhubarb, sage can be applied and can eliminate the cold sore in less than a week. It works just as well as Zovirax, which is the prescribed medication used to treat cold sores. (WebMd, 2011)
Recently, sage has shown to treat people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. This disease occurs when the chemical acetylcholine is present in low levels in the brain. This chemical is very important because it transports different messages to the nerve cells and plays an important role in memory and thinking.
Acetylcholinesterase is the chemical that destroys acetylcholine. Sage has different chemicals that inhibit acetylcholinesterase and therefore increasing the levels of acetylcholine and ultimately improving brain function. (Kaniecki, 2011)
Sage is relatively safe but there are some side effects. One of the main ingredients in sage is the chemical thujone, which in high amounts can cause seizures. Therefore it is important to monitor the amount consumed. In addition, sage can also lower blood pressure in people with diabetes. (WedMd, 2011)
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