Use Sage to Slow Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

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Heavy menstrual period, or menorrhagia, is a common affliction among women during ovulation. It may be caused by a hormonal or nutritional imbalances resulting from several factors, including 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 easily 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 usually best to use the natural methods. Today, we will share how to use sage to slow heavy menstrual bleeding to help alleviate all the inconveniences it causes women.

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How does it 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 forming of blood clots, making it effective in slowing heavy menstrual bleeding.

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One variety, the clary sage, or 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 helps one to cope by simply sniffing the oil 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.

Making sage tea

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    Boil two cups of water with three to five leaves of sage leaves in it.
    Let it boil for 10-15 more minutes.
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    Let the mixture steep for three to five minutes.
    The longer you steep, the more potent the brew becomes. It may be unpleasantly bitter, but a sage tea that is too weak may not produce the best therapeutic benefits.
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  3. 3
    Strain the leaves.
    Use a strainer when pouring the mixture onto a container.
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    Add honey for added flavor or mix it with your favorite juice or smoothie.
    You may also squeeze in fresh lemon juice if desired.
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Sage for bathing

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  1. 1
    Boil 2 liters of water in a large pot together with 10-20 fresh sage leaves for 10-20 minutes.
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    Pour the water into a warm bath water and soak on it for around 30 minutes.
    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.


2 ounces of vegetable oil

10-15 drops of sage oil

Procedure: Combine the ingredients in a small container. Get two to three drops of the mixture and massage it to your lower abdomen a couple of times every day. After massaging, use a warm compress to relax your abdomen.

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Taking sage tincture

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Sage tincture products are readily available in many 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.

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

  • Gather a few pieces of sage leaves from your garden. Wash the leaves thoroughly. Spread the pieces on a towel and allow drying in open air overnight.
  • Chop the fresh sage. Place the herb in dry, clean 1-pint glass jar.
  • Pour 190-proof alcohol. Fill the jar until the herb is covered with the alcohol.
  • Cover the jar. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Shake the content well every day.
  • After two weeks, remove the jar from storage. Take off the lid and cover the top with cheesecloth.
  • Transfer the content into a colored glass container with a dropper. Make sure the particles are strained out with the cheesecloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have the time to make the homemade remedies provided, you can generally get sage supplements from the nearest drug store.
  • Sage shouldn't be taken by lactating mothers, since it is known to dry up breast milk.
  • There are cases when sage has appeared to have lowered 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 seizure.
  • If you have any problems with any of these steps please post in the comments section below.

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 diurnally. 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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