Use Sage to Slow Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

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Heavy menstruation, or menorrhagia, is a common affliction among women during their fertile years. It may be caused by hormonal or nutritional imbalances as a result of several factors, which may or may not include; diet, ovary problems, lifestyle, and even stress. At some point in their lives, women may experience heavy bleeding. But, if the menstrual period lasts more than 10 days, and the condition is accompanied by large blood clots, constant pain in the lower abdomen, lack in physical energy, impaired respiration, anaemia, and other health problems related to excessive blood loss, then you may be suffering from menorrhagia.

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Treating the underlying cause of heavy menstrual bleeding can resolve the condition. This includes maintaining a balanced diet, and engaging in a daily exercise routine. While there are several ways to control heavy bleeding, it is still best to at least try natural methods, before succumbing to more harmful medications. In this article we will discuss how to use sage to slow heavy menstrual bleeding, and help alleviate the inconveniences it causes women all over the world.

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How does Sage Work?

Sage is botanically known as Salvia officinalis, or Garden Sage. It has active properties that regulate sweating and blood clotting. It contains antispasmodic oils and tannins known for relieving cramps, or dysmenorrhea, and excessive bleeding. Sage promotes the production of estrogen and lowers hormonal surges, usually occurring during the menopausal years. Modern research shows that sage helps to prevent the formation of blood clots, making it effective for slowing heavy menstrual bleeding.

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One variety, Clary Sage (Salvia scarea), has been praised since ancient times as a panacea for many human ailments including hormonal imbalance and menstrual cramps. Especially good for female disorders, Clary Sage is effective when the essential oil is inhales, or gently massaging it over the abdomen before going to bed.

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There are several ways to use sage to relieve heavy menstrual problems. You can choose from any of the methods below.

Make a Sage Infusion (Tea)

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    Boil two cups of water.
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    Place 5 - 7 large sage leaves in a teapot
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    Preferably, use a teapot with an infuser. An infuser is an insert that allows you to brew herbs, without having to strain it.
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    Pour boiled water into the teapot over the sage leaves.
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    Let the mixture steep for three to five minutes
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    The longer you steep, the more potent the brew becomes. It may be unpleasantly bitter, but sage tea that is too weak may not produce the best therapeutic benefits.
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    Strain the tea
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    If you don't have an infuser, use a strainer when pouring the tea into a cup.
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    Add honey and/or a squeeze of lemon juice for sweetness and flavor.
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    You can add the tea to your favorite juice or smoothie.
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Sage for Bathing

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    Boil 2 liters of water in a large pot with 10-20 fresh sage leaves.
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    When the water comes to a boil, simmer for 10-20 minutes.
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    Pour the water into a warm bath water and soak in it for around 30 minutes
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    This will relax your body and help your menstrual flow slow down.
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Making a Massage Oil

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Cramps and dysmenorrhea are what usually accompany a longer menstrual period. Making sage massage oil will help you relieve the pain.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces olive, grapeseed or almond oil. If not, vegetable oil will do.
  • 10-15 drops of sage oil

Procedure

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    Combine the ingredients in a small, non-metal container
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    Get two to three drops of the mixture and massage it into your lower abdomen a couple of times each day during your cycle.
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    After massaging, use a warm compress to relax your abdomen.
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Sage Tincture

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Sage tincture products are readily available in many health-food stores and pharmacies. You may opt to use them instead of going through the time-consuming process of boiling and combining sage with other ingredients for drinking tea, bathing, and massaging as remedy for heavy menstrual bleeding.

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To prepare your drink, take two drops of the tincture and dilute it with any liquid drinks such as water, coffee, tea, juice and many others. Drink the mixture twice daily.

Make Your Own Sage Tincture

You can also make your own sage tincture by following these procedures.

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    Gather some sage leaves from your garden
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    1. Cut them after the dew dries, but before the sun gets too hot. The sun burns the essential oils off the leaves.
    2. Make sure they are organic, and not sprayed with any kind of pesticides or herbicides.
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    Wash leaves with cold water
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    Spread the leaves on a towel and leave them overnight to dry. You don't want any moisture on the leaves at all.
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    Chop the leaves, but not too finely.
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    Fill a one-pint jar with the chopped sage leaves
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    1. Don't pack them too tightly.
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    Pour Vodka over the herbs until the jar is full, and the sage is completely covered
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    Cover the jar
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    Store the jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Shake the contents well every day.
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    After two weeks, remove the jar from storage
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    Take off the lid and cover the top with cheesecloth.
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    Strain the contents into a colored glass container with an eyedropper
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    1. Make sure the particles are strained out with the cheesecloth.
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    Store the remaining tincture in a clean jar, and continue to fill the small bottle when needed.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Sage shouldn't be taken by lactating mothers, since it is known to dry up breast milk.
  • If you have just finished nursing your baby, sage tea is wonderful for drying up breast milk.
  • If you don't have the time to make the homemade remedies provided, you can generally get sage supplements from the nearest drug store.
  • There are cases when sage can lower blood sugar. For people with diabetes, monitor your blood sugar if you are using sage, and consult your doctor.
  • A particular species of sage (Salvia officinalis) contains thujone that can trigger seizures in those prone to them.
  • If you have any problems with any of these steps please post in the comments section below.
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Questions and Answers

Do burning sage or drinking sage tea cause heavy and unusual menstrual flow?

Around the time my period arrived I was burning sage, and made tea with a few leaves. But I read that sage should have an opposite effect. So I guess I answered my own question.

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Hi, how many times per day should I drink sage tea to reduce heavy menstrual flow?

I guess that's basically all I want to know. I have tried: Nothing else actually. I think it was caused by: I think I need to lose some weight.

When infusing 1-3 g of dried sage in 1 cup of boiling water, drink up to 3 cups of the tea daily. The standard dosage is 4 g of dried sage per day. More than 9 g may cause dizziness, nausea, or stomachache.

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Hi, I have extremely heavy periods with clots and pain. I am healthy and active but this problem continues. how can sage help and when should I start drinking the tea before the period comes?

This has been a problem for many years and I prefer to try natural medications as my doctor has tried many ways to help but stops at the point of surgery.

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