7 emerging benefits of sage tea

Common sage, also known as salvia officinalis , is a rustic-looking plant that has its origins in the Mediterranean. It belongs to the same family as mint and grows in the form of a bush.

In general, it has a wide range of uses. It is used for beauty treatments, so it is common to find its aroma in creams and lotions for skin or hair care. Also, it is used for gastronomic purposes, either as a spice or in the preparation of sage tea.

Discover 7 potential benefits of sage tea .

7 beneficios potenciales del té de salvia

7 benefits of sage tea

1. It is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds

The antioxidants in sage tea are known to neutralize free radicals. The accumulation of these types of harmful compounds is associated with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer (Hamidpour, Hamidpour, Hamidpour & Shahlari, 2014).

In addition, sage tea is rich in rosmarinic acid , an antioxidant, which according to a study in animals and test tubes, is effective in reducing inflammation and blood sugar levels (Azevedo et al., 2011).

Another study carried out in animals, showed that sage extract considerably increases the levels of anti-inflammatory compounds that circulate in the blood, while decreasing those that promote inflammation (Ben Khedher et al., 2018). However, more human research is needed to certify the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of sage tea .

El té de salvia es rico en antioxidantes

2. Promotes healthy skin and better wound healing

Sage is used in topical skin care cosmetics, so drinking its tea is believed to have the same benefits.

A test-tube study of mouse skin cells found that camphor, an important compound in sage, promotes healthy skin cell growth , delays signs of aging, and reduces wrinkle formation (Tran, Ho , Song, Cho and Cho, 2015).

Other animal studies claim that sage extract helps treat cold sores and accelerates wound healing (Reuter, Wölfle, Weckesser & Schempp, 2010).

La salvia se usa en cosméticos para cuidar la piel

3. Improves oral health

Sage is highly recommended in dentistry . This plant not only attacks pain, inflammation and bad breath, but also provides antibacterial and healing properties (Taheri, Azimi, Rafieian and Zanjani, 2011). Gargling with sage tea is even recommended for mouth wounds and sore throats (Walch, Tinzoh, Zimmermann, Stühlinge & Lachenmeier, 2011).

La salvia es altamente recomendada en la odontología

4. Has anti-cancer properties

Sage tea is believed to be able to fight cancer cells because it contains compounds such as carnosol, camphor, and rosmarinic acid.

Studies in animals and test tubes have shown that carnosol can destroy various types of cancer cells without affecting healthy cells (Johnson, 2011). Likewise, an investigation in more than 500 people showed that both sage tea and chamomile tea are associated with a decrease in the risk of developing thyroid cancer (Riza et al., 2015).

El té de salvia puede combatir células cancerosas

5. Helps control blood sugar

Sage is a popular ingredient in alternative medications to improve blood sugar levels and treat type 2 diabetes.

A 2-month study in 105 adult type 2 diabetes patients found that a supplement of 500 mg of sage extract 3 times a day can improve fasting glucose, after meals and hemoglobin A1c (Kianbakht, Nabati and Abasi, 2016).

El té de salvia ayuda a controlar la glucosa

6. Improves female health

Sage provides unique health benefits for women . In the Middle East, pregnant women use this plant to avoid nausea. Similarly, it is used to reduce the production of breast milk during weaning or when it is excessive. However, more research is still needed to support these traditional uses.

On the other hand, an 8-week study in 71 menopausal women found that taking a daily tablet containing fresh sage reduces the strength and frequency of hot flashes by 64% (Kargozar, Azizi and Salari, 2017).

La salvia aporta beneficios únicos a las mujeres

7. Promotes heart health

A 4-week study of 6 women showed that drinking 10 ounces (300 ml) of sage tea twice a day can reduce total cholesterol by 16% and bad cholesterol (LDL) by 20%. In turn, it can increase good cholesterol (HDL) by 36% (Sá et al., 2009).

Similarly, a 2-month investigation of 105 type 2 diabetes patients found that those who took 500 mg of sage extract 3 times a day had healthier levels of triglycerides and cholesterol (Kianbakht, Nabati and Abasi, 2016). However, more research is still needed.

El té de salvia promueve la salud del corazón

Sage tea side effects

Drinking sage tea can also have drawbacks . This plant has a compound called thujone that is toxic in high doses. If you take 3-7 g of thujone a day, you can experience heart problems, seizures, vomiting, and kidney damage.

Fortunately, sage tea only contains 4 to 11 mg of thujone per 4 cups (1 L), so you can drink several cups a day without risking toxicity from this compound. On the other hand, it is necessary to avoid sage essential oil , since only 12 drops can be toxic.

In general, sage tea or infusion is safe in normal amounts, but if you have any questions, it is best to ask your doctor.

Posibles efectos secundarios del té de salvia


Sage tea has many emerging benefits , but you should keep in mind that most of the studies related to this plant have been done on animals and test tubes, so the effects can be much less. Also, be sure to ingest normal amounts of this tea, as excessive consumption can be toxic.


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