Sage mother tincture: preparation, properties, benefits and use

The mother tincture of sage, antiseptic and disinfectant of the respiratory system, is useful against amenorrhea and menstrual pain. Let’s find out better.

Properties of sage mother tincture

Sage is a plant widely used in cooking to flavor various dishes, it is actually very useful also for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.

Sage leaves contain bitter principles, phenolic acids, flavonoids and an essential oil (containing thujone, cineol, borneol, linalool, beta-terpineol and beta-caryophyllene) and are used in the production of mother tincture.

Flavonoids in particular have an estrogenic action, useful in all female disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome, menopausal disorders, amenorrhea.

The mother tincture of sage is a natural antispasmodic, also used in affections of the gastrointestinal system as a smooth muscle relaxant, useful in case of irritable bowel, digestive system spasms or menstrual pains.

Carnosic acid and triterpenes (amirine, betulin, crategolic acid and 3-hydroxy-ursolic acid) give sage anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties offering a good response against water retention, edema, rheumatism and headaches.

Sage-based preparations are effective to combat all forms of phlegm, useful for the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system, such as colds, coughs, sore throats and fever. Finally, sage also has a hypoglycemic action. Its flavor is bitter.

Description of the plant

Sage is a small evergreen shrub of the Lamiaceae family with quadrangular section branches. The leaves are opposite, finely toothed covered with hair, petiolate, oval-lanceolate, thick and wrinkled. The inflorescences are vertical with flowers carried in whorls of 2 or 4, which appear around June-July.

Sage can live spontaneously for over 15 years and in cultivation for 5 to 7 years. It is a characteristic plant of southern Europe, in Italy it grows spontaneously in central-southern areas and in the islands, in our region it is widespread as a plant grown both in the plains and in the submontane hilly area.

How to prepare the mother tincture of sage

The mother tincture of sage is a hydroalcoholic preparation obtained by cold maceration in hydroalcoholic solvent, obtained from the leaves and the flowering aerial part.


The use of sage mother tincture is useful in cases of diabetes, convalescence, dysmenorrhea, hypomenorrhea, amenorrhea, menopause; and again diarrhea, stomatitis or canker sores. Furthermore, one of the main terpenes, salvina, gives it antibiotic activity, which increases its astringent and antiseptic properties.

Useful for sore throats, sage mother tincture also regulates sweating. Being a hormonal stimulant with tonic and estrogenic effects, it is a valid remedy for irregular or poor cycles.

Generally it is recommended to take 50 drops diluted in a little water or other drink 3 times a day, or in any case depending on the case and after consulting a doctor or specialist. It should not be taken during pregnancy, breastfeeding or for prolonged periods.

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