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Can Sage Help With Night Sweats? November 24, 2015

Filed under: Health,Senior Moments — jax allen @ 9:34 pm
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Can Sage Help Night Sweats?

Around three-quarters of all menopausal women suffer from night sweats. They can be one of the most disruptive symptoms of menopause because they disturb a woman’s sleep, which may lead to other problems, such as fatiguestress, and irritability. So, what’s the best way 

to manage night sweats? For some, sage has helped to alleviate night sweats and other menopausal symptoms.

How Does Sage Help Night Sweats?

Sage (Salvia officinalis), a member of the mint family, has been used as a medicinal and culinary herb for thousands of years. When it comes to menopause, modern studies have shown that sage helps to relieve both the frequency and severity of certain symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and dizziness. Though not completely understood, the estrogenic compounds found within this herb are unmistakably effective at regulating hormone imbalance. In this regard, it has also been used to treat irregular periods, and many women find that it helps the body make the transition through hormonal change.

Sage makes an excellent natural remedy, because along with reducing sweating, this herb can provide a relaxing, tranquilizing effect – thus making sleep drier, deeper, and sweeter.

Other Benefits of Sage

Sage is an incredibly multifunctional herb and may provide additional benefits, especially when it comes to brain function and cognition. Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, sage may be excellent for:

Delays the onset of Alzheimers disease

Improving thinking and learning in those with Alzheimers

Boosting mood

Improving mental performance in the young

Heightening memory and attention in older adults

Amazingly, its list of benefits continues. Sage is also astringent, antiseptic, stomachic, and tonic, and thus used to soothe scratchy throats, cure canker sores and tender gums, treat asthma, relieve painful bites and stings, clear mucous, and encourage proper digestion.

Side Effects of Sage

Just like any herb or medicine, sage may come with some potential risks. Though considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, taking sage in larger, medicinal amounts may result in restlessness, wheezing, vomiting, vertigo, rapid heart rate, tremors, seizures, and kidney damage. It can also irritate the skin in those sensitive to sage.

To avoid the risk of adverse side effects, it is best to consume sage only in the recommended amounts. As an essential oil, the dosage should not exceed 12 drops per day.

More Information

Sage’s anti-sweating and relaxation properties can make it a great herbal supplement for managing night sweats. 


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Menopause Monday #3 July 28, 2014

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 8:14 am
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Sage Tea, Fresh Mint & Smoothies

Hi all,
I’ve continued with the sage tea plan. Boy, you get through leaves quickly!

I’m now completely used to the taste of safe on its own. But, occasionally add fresh mint – I now have a good selection of mint plants including-
Chocolate, Peppermint, Moroccan, Apple, Pineapple, Spearmint, PennyRoyal and common mint.

Our local garden centre had a sale!!

So, not only have I cleansed my drinks choices but the planters around my studio door now look beautiful.

I’ve settled on about 2 pints of tea a day. The ‘surges’ have settled to 1 or 2 a day, they have been much shorter too!

Smoothies

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My birthday present of a Magic Bullet has been earning it’s place on the kitchen counter.
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many vegetables! To begin I used fruit juice to loosen the mix, and I had as many fruits as veggies in each cup.
But now I have many more veg than fruits and am completely used to using water to make the mix.

I also add my seed mix to these smoothies- another cheeky way to increase Omega 3’s.

Eat Clean. Live Well. Feel Great

 

Menopause Monday – Sage Tea Experiment July 21, 2014

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 7:30 am
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Well, it’s been a week since I began cutting down my coffee and swapping yo,Sage and lemon balm tea.

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I don’t know why I’ve wasted my money buying Mint tea bags? It’s so easy to make fresh tea from fresh herbs – you literally pour hot water onto herb leaves. No need for a strainer, bag or squeeze mechanism.

So, I now own 4 sage plants, 3 outside and one on my kitchen windowsill.
I’ve also invested in a glass tea pot – it has a fine sieve built into it- this makes it easy to see the brew in action. It also makes me feel that I’m having a truly clean drink.

How has the Sage tea worked for me? I do think the hot flashes ( I’ve been told they are Power Surges) have eased a lot. I’d gone from nothing to hourly flushes in just a week, quite a shock.

I do think that 3 or 4 cups a day has eased my symptoms a great deal. The surges are less frequent and less powerful!

I will continue with sage and try adding other fresh, soft herbs for variety.. I do like lemon balm, it’s a very fresh smell and taste. I’ve also noticed that my sweet tooth has gone.

Eat Clean. Train Hard. Feel Great.