Sage contains numerous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that protect the body’s cells against damage from free radicals, according to Medical News Today. Using the herb may help ease gastrointestinal discomfort and lower cholesterol and blood glucose.
People take sage to treat loss of appetite, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea and heartburn, notes WebMD. It also reduces perspiration and saliva production.
Sage can ease the pain of menstrual cramps, slow excessive milk production during nursing and reduce hot flashes during menopause, states WebMD. It also helps to treat cold sores, gingivitis, swollen nasal passages and sore throat or tongue. Inhaling sage can help ease the symptoms of asthma.