There are several herbal remedies that can help to alleviate and reduce the symptoms of menopause. Sage is one such herb, and has been shown to ease symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, night sweats and hot flushes. Sage leaf is also thought to reduce the severity of mood swings that may accompany menopause as well as relieve stress and depression.
You can drink sage tea up to three times a day with no risk of side effects. To make a fragrant sage tea, combine 15 to 30 ml (1 to 2 teaspoons) of the dried herb in one cup of boiling water. Cover and steep between five and ten minutes. Strain and drink. Dried sage is readily available at the grocery store in the spice aisle, or you can grow your own.
Sage can be taken in tincture form to ease the symptoms of hot flushes, stress and decreased lubrication caused by menopause. Tincture of sage can be taken by using 3-15 drops placed in your favourite beverage such as tea, ice water or juice. Take this tincture no more than three times a day to safely get relief from symptoms.
Sage supplements can be purchased through any reputable online herbal source or at your local health food store. A standard dosage for relief of menopausal symptoms is 2 to 3, 600 mg. capsules two times a day with water at mealtimes.
Common, ordinary sage is helpful in reducing the profusion of sweating that happens during hot flushes. Sage also has the ability to moisten the body, lubricating internal tissues such as the vagina. This is helpful because vaginal tissue typically becomes dry and less lubricated during menopause.
Sage is also thought to be an agent that can bring on suppressed menses. Sage may have phytoestrogenic effects on the body that help with oestrogen deficiency. It is this effect that makes sage so useful in treating hot flushes specifically, along with other troubling symptoms of menopause.