Salvia officinalis

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    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

What is sage leaf-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Sage leaf is a spice that is used as herbal supplement for several conditions. The mechanism of action of Sage leaf is not known. It is believed to provide therapeutic effect through beta-thujone, which is a major component of Sage leaf oil extract.

What brand names are available for sage leaf-oral?

Sage Leaf, Common Sage, Garden Sage, Black Sage

Is sage leaf-oral available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for sage leaf-oral?


What are the side effects of sage leaf-oral?

Side effects of Sage leaf are restlessness, headache, irritability, stomach upset, and dizziness.

What is the dosage for sage leaf-oral?

  • Tincture: Take 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon of dried sage leaves in a sip of water up to two times a day.
  • Herbal Tea: Drink several cups of sage tea every day for several weeks.
  • Gargle or take small sips of sage tea: Gargle or drink throughout the day as needed.
  • Alzheimer's disease: Take up to 1 gram of sage by mouth per day.
  • Genital herpes: Apply 23 mg per day of sage extract and rhubarb extract cream to affected areas every 2 to 4 hours for 10 to 14 days.

Which drugs or supplements interact with sage leaf-oral?

Sage leaf should be used with caution with medications that cause sedation, due to increased sedative effects.


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Is sage leaf-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies done on Sage leaf to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

It is not known whether Sage leaf enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using in nursing mothers.

What else should I know about sage leaf-oral?

What preparations of sage leaf-oral are available?

Sage leaf is available in tablets, tincture, cream and tea forms.

How should I keep sage leaf-oral stored?

Due to multiple manufacturers making Sage leaf, storage requirements may vary based on manufacturer practices.


Salvia officinalis (Sage Leaf, Common Sage, Garden Sage, Black Sage) is a spice in which the leaves are used as an herbal supplement for several conditions. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this herbal supplement.

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According to the USDA, there is no difference between a “portion” and a “serving.” See Answer

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MedscapeReference. Sage (Harbs/Suppl) - common sage, culinary sage, garden sage, meadow sage, salvia officinalis, true sage.