Major and Minor Side Effects of Sage


Sage has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, from wounds and sore throats to digestive disorders. It is also thought to be an effective treatment for arthritis and eczema. Many different types of sage can be grown in the garden or around the house: common sage (also known as garden sage), pineapple sage, lemon-scented sage, and silver queen. Some people even use it in their cooking.

The health benefits of this plant have long been recognized by herbalists who recommend drinking infusions made from its leaves because they provide relief from coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma attacks, sinus headaches, and allergies. The infusion is made by pouring boiling water over fresh or dried leaves, allowing it to steep for 10 minutes, and drinking 3-4 times a day.

More recently, researchers have discovered that sage may beneficial in treating Alzheimer’s disease. A study involving mice suggests that an active ingredient of the plant’s oil called “Salvin” slows down dementia. Salvin has also been seen to prevent the formation of amyloid plaques which are responsible for brain cell death in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It encourages synapses between nerve cells, preventing brain cells from dying too soon.

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests using sage as medicine only if you are pregnant or breastfeeding because there is not enough known about its effect on unborn or nursing infants. To be safe, avoid taking high doses of sage for prolonged periods.

Major Side Effects:

Side effects of sage may include Headache; dizziness; nausea; vomiting; and, in rare cases, kidney failure and seizures. People allergic to the daisy family of plants should avoid taking sage as it could cause a reaction. Other possible adverse reactions include hallucinations and reduced heart rate. The use of sage on broken skin (especially the face) has also been known to produce irritation and burning sensations.

If you see any side effects from eating or ingesting several different kinds of sages, please contact your doctor immediately. If you notice anything unusual about someone else who is using herbs such as sage, notify your local poison control center or emergency room right away.

Side effects of sage are generally minor, but if you have any health concerns or are unsure about taking this herb please consult your doctor before use.

Minor Side Effects:

The side effects of Sage can include dizziness, confusion, rapid heart rate, and difficulty breathing. These effects are more common when taking larger doses of this drug.

Minor side effects, such as loss of appetite and weight loss, have been seen in some patients. It may take time for your body to adjust to the effects of Sage after you begin treatment. Some minor side effects may lessen or go away over time with continued use of this medication. However, it is important to tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away so that he/she can help find ways to improve your symptoms.

Rare Side Effects:

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these rare side effects – severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); large pupils; vision changes (e.g., blurred vision); dark yellow or brown urine; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; mental or mood changes (e.g., decreased interest in sex, irritability); seizures; severe diarrhea that may lead to dehydration; slow wound healing.