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Sage For Excessive Sweating

Sage Tablets and Teas For Excessive Sweating

Out of all the alternative therapies on the market today for excessive sweating, sage in its various forms is one of the safest and best known.

We've looked long and hard through the information available today to find out if sage is really a good therapy or is it meaningless folk lore. What we've found seems to indicate sage as one of the few herbal therapies that actually works.

Before we dive into sage specifically for excessive sweating, there are a few things you need to know about any alternative or herbal therapy.

Common Sage can stop excessive sweating in many parts of the body, including the palms.

Sage is a common herb grown around the world.  This is Sage Salvia Officianalis, the one used to control excessive sweating and perspiration

Common Consideration for Herbal Therapies

While alternative therapies are growing in popularity along with the rise of holistic philosophy and medicine, these alternatives have their own conditions to consider.

Many alternative therapies are only beginning to undergo clinical testing for efficacy, which is an important step in separating real use from old superstition.

Many herbal therapies are not tested for safety, consistency or purity by any outside agency whatsoever.

Herbs can vary considerably in strength depending on growing and preservation conditions, and there are no official guidelines or standards to differentiate medicinal grade herbs from food grade.

Food grade herbs only have to taste good while remaining within the bounds of safety.

Medicinal grade herbs, on the other hand, must usually be grown and dried under stringent conditions to ensure the maximum amount of active ingredient in each leaf. In addition, while pesticide use may not be a problem for food grade herb, the chemical interaction may leech active properties out of herbs used for medicine, so verifiably organic-farmed herbs are usually considered a necessity instead of a convenience.

For these reasons, it's vital to find a reputable company producing a quality product they're willing to back up with a money-back guarantee.


Herbs are usually prepared using one of five different methods, each of which has the potential to create a whole new medicine.

Infusions and decoctions are both herbal preparations made with water, but the different methods used extract different active ingredients.

An infusion is made by pouring boiling water over fresh or dried herb and letting the resultant mixture cool for up to fifteen minutes before use. This method is one of the fastest and serves to extracts water soluble volatile oils from the herb in question.

Decoctions are made by placing the herb in cold water, slowly bringing the water up to a boil, leaving it boiling for a few minutes, and then letting the mixture completely cool. The volatile oils are destroyed in this process, but decoction is meant to extract trace minerals instead of oils.

Of course, any given herb contains multiple potentially medicinal ingredients, so the ingredient you want to get to and use determines the method you'll use to extract it.

Another method used is ground herb ingestion (usually in tablets) meant to give all the benefits of the herb over a long period. Taking herb tablets usually won't produce a quick response, but rather is meant to address a chronic condition over time.

Other methods of herbal preparation are making tinctures with alcohol and essential oil distillation, both of which, again, extract different active ingredients.


To give you an idea, over two thousand active ingredients have been identified in the simple lavender blossom, so when it comes to herbalism, picking the right preparation is just as important as choosing the right herb.

Of course, any herb is a drug in its own right, another thing that modern nutriceutical companies often won't warn you about. Many of our most powerful and potentially dangerous prescription medications are based on herbs. As an example, the opiate family of medications, including such well known drugs as codeine and morphine, are all based on the brilliant red opium poppy.

Fortunately, many herbs don't have extreme side effects, and may be usable in conjunction with medical conditions or ongoing medications that preclude more mainstream drugs. In addition, herbal therapies may fit in better with your personal lifestyle, philosophy, or budget.


Sage definitions and considerations

Sage is a common Mediterranean garden herb bearing the botanical name Salvia officinalis.

You can find it in recipes all over the world, and indeed it's hardy enough to have migrated across the globe.

Anyone can find it in the spice rack at your local grocery store. Please, don't buy it from the grocery store if you intend to use it as a medication, the spice you find there has not been checked for medicinal strength or purity.

In addition, you have no idea how old it is. If any dried herb is kept in clear glass or is more than one year old, it's medicinally useless. Instead, either research the proper conditions and grow your own, or purchase from a reputable medicinal herb supplier.

Sage has been used throughout history for excessive sweating along with stomach upset, general indigestion and appetite loss.

While a few independent university studies have been conducted that seem to indicate sage is useful for excessive sweating, I can't find any government-sponsored studies on the subject yet. While the lack of government studies is something to keep in mind, also remember that governments don't have much interest in or make much money from studying an herb available in every grocery store and kitchen garden.

You should never use medicinal dose sage internally for more than four weeks at a time, as the active ingredients do build up in the body and can start to cause an overdose. You should give yourself at least a month between each session of taking sage internally.

Using sage on the skin carries much less risk, but stop using everything if you ever develop rash, itching or sensitivity in the area.

No adverse side effects or drug interactions have yet been reported with sage, but that could be due to a lack of study, so use care and discontinue if you notice anything problematic.

We'd also like to hear about your specific circumstances if you do have a problem of any kind with sage, as the study of herbal remedies is in its infancy.


Sage Precautions, Warnings and Dangers when Using for Sweating

Never take sage if you suffer from a chronic seizure condition of any kind. In addition, some herbal therapies are made with sugar and/or alcohol, so check the ingredients list carefully if you suffer from diabetes, alcohol dependence issues or liver disease. Sage is not recommended for use while pregnant or breastfeeding because no studies have ever or will ever be done on its safety for unborn children.


Sage as a viable alternative treatment for sweating

Sage has been used for excessive sweating throughout much of human history.

We don't exactly know how the vast majority of medications, prescription or not, do what they do, and sage is no exception.

However, recent independent university studies seem to indicate that a topical application of sage tea - such as with palm sweating (palmoplantar hyperhydrosis(PPH)) - is effective against excessive sweating 37% of the time, as opposed to about 14.7% effectiveness from placebo. Obviously, sage doesn't work for everybody, but it can be a handy alternative to try if other things have failed or if your values incline you towards herbal therapy.

Sage tablets are advertised as efficacious against excessive sweating, which seems to be a likely application given sage's other uses as a systemic cleanser and tonic.

In addition to its use against hyperhidrosis, sage also works as a diaphoretic. When applied as a hot poultice, it does a wonderful job of opening up and detoxifying skin pores.

Topically applied sage is probably best for those who suffer from secondary hyperhidrosis due to overuse of skin products, while sage tablets would work better against a systemic chemical overload.


As a final remark on the use of Sage to Stop sweating - hyperhidrosis

I bought an expensive box of Sage tea bags for my son to drink for his excessive sweating - well, it tasted so bad, the only thing he could do was spit it out.  So, unless you are really into herbal teas and infusions, I suggest very strongly that you use it in tablet form for oral taking, or in tea form for topical application.

Either way, use it safely and well, tell us how it worked for you, and good luck!

Research and main write by Loni L. Ice, Quality control and editing by D. S. Urquhart.