Salvia also known as Sage herb is a perennial shrub that contains soft, finely toothed leaves used for various purposes such as household, medicinal and commercial uses. This silvery green colored shrub is a native of the Mediterranean regions. According to the ancient Egyptians, the best salvia was used as an herb of fertility. Salvia is a Latin word that stands for ‘to heal’ thus representing the medicinal properties of this herb.
Salvia when ingested, it normally produces a psychoactive experience. There are users who enjoy the properties of salvia for religious reasons while others enjoy it for entertainment purposes. There are two main ways to have salvia; you can smoke it or drink its extract. This herb when taken, it can increase someone’s consciousness. Its effect mainly depends on the method used to take it and amount of herb taken. The effects can last for about thirty minutes and they begin to show up in about fifteen to twenty two minutes after someone has consumed it. Except the mild headache experienced by the person who has taken it, this natural herb has no other side effects.
Health benefits of the best salvia plant
Salvia is one of the oldest plants used by people for both medicinal and culinary purposes. For its pleasant aroma and peppery flavor, it is used mainly as a flavoring agent in most foods. It facilitates digestion of heavy foods especially those rich in protein and fats. It has also been used to alleviate various health related problems like swelling, ulcers, sprains, bleeding, etc.
The most active chemicals found in this herb include beta and alpha thujones, rosmarinic acid, camphor, flavonoids, tannins and cineole. They are responsible for the health benefits of this plant. According to many studies conducted in regard to this herb showed that it has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to this, it also contain astringent, diuretic, stimulant, expectorant, antioxidant, and memory boosting properties.
Salvia has a lot of amazing medicinal properties. It can be used both externally and internally to counteract different health problems in human beings. It curbs excessive sweating, cures depression, treats liver disorders and nervous anxiety and it also cures skin problems. It is used for treating spider bites and painful jellyfish stings. Salvia is one of the most perfect antiseptic disinfectants used to wash dirty wounds. Because of its expectorant properties, it also used to treat recurrent and persistent coughs. It is also a remedy for flu, cold, throat infection, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, etc.
When mixed with water and white vinegar, it forms a good astringent used for oily skin. It is also one of the best home remedies for indigestion or constipation. Salvia is also well known for its natural estrogen properties, hence it is used in majority of the homeopathic medicines which improve circulation and cure menopausal problems such as hot flushes, night sweats, palpitations, insomnia,headache, dyspepsia, etc. It is also used to regulate abnormal menstrual flow and relieve suppressed menstruation problems in most women.