Sage is most often used for decreasing secretions, such as excessive sweating, saliva, and mother’s milk during weaning. It has some hormonal-balancing qualities, used mostly during menopause, and its drying action can help with the night sweats that occur during hot flashes.
Sage is also considered highly antiseptic and antibiotic, and is recommended at the first sign of respiratory, throat, or sinus infections, its expectorant . The essential oils in Sage are classified as anti-spasmodic, and are especially soothing to the digestive tract.
This, coupled with its bitter components which are stimulant to digestion, make Sage of potential benefit in many types of indigestion and stomach upset, such as colic, nausea, diarrhea, colitis, and gas.