Sage is an herb that's been used for centuries to enhance the flavour of food and for its medicinal properties, including its ability to alleviate a condition known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Although it is not known how sage works to inhibit excessive perspiration, herbalists and medical professionals successfully use it to reduce hyperhidrosis up to 50 per cent. The Natural Health Remedies Guide recommends it as an alternative treatment method for the alleviation of menopausal night sweats.
The German Commission E, similar to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regulates medicinal herbs for use by Germany's health care providers. As stated by St. David's HealthCare, sage is one of the herbs approved by the German agency for use in the relief of excessive perspiration. There is no current research available on the use of sage to alleviate hyperhidrosis other than an unpublished preliminary study done in Germany, but evidence of sage's medicinal properties and its effectiveness in inhibiting excessive sweating is provided by the testimony of herbalists worldwide who successfully use this herb to treat their patients.
If you suffer from excessive perspiration, you can use sage in one of many forms. It is available in health food stores in tea bags, tablets, dried leaves and liquid leaf extract.
When taking sage tablets, follow the manufacturer's directions on the package.
If you prefer the liquid leaf extract, the dose is 1 teaspoon three times per day.
For dried sage leaves, boil 1 cup water, and remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon dried sage and allow it to steep for three to five minutes. Do not brew for too long, or harmful toxins may be released from the leaves. Pour the tea through a strainer, and add optional lemon or honey. Drink about three cups of the cooled tea a day. Bye-Bye Excessive Sweating recommends drinking half the of the tea in the morning and the remaining half in the evening. It may take a couple of weeks before you notice improvement.
Sage tea cleanses the pores. You can apply it directly to the skin with a cloth that has been soaked in the tea. Apply twice, allowing it to dry between applications. Rinse with water after the second application dries.
Herb Wisdom cites warnings for the use of sage by pregnant or nursing women and epileptics, and for using sage in excess or for extended periods. Applied Health lists drug interactions with CNS-depressants or stimulants, anorexic drugs, antituberculous drugs and anticoagulants. If you are being treated for a medical condition, discuss the use of sage with your health care provider.