By the way, the Latin naming of salvia sage is translated as "promoting health", "treating", "feeling good", "being healthy".
There are many healing properties of sage. It has a pronounced anti-inflammatory, astringent, hemostatic, softening effect. From time immemorial, sage helped women become pregnant, and equally beneficially working in this sense on both the female and the male body. How about pregnancy? What can be useful sage in this period? Or can it be vice versa - harmful and dangerous?
What is the danger of sage during pregnancy
By studying the description of sage, its composition, medicinal properties and ease of use can be gasped with admiration, so good! But if you read carefully, you will certainly find, that during pregnancy, sage is strictly contraindicated! Other sources note that it is not advisable to use sage during this period. And rarely when you can meet recommendations for its use for pregnant women. Although this is.
However, unlike many other plants, which can and can not be applied during pregnancy, sage is a particular danger. It refers to those herbs that provoke uterine contractions, and for a pregnant woman this means a real threat of miscarriage. Sage affects the woman's hormonal background, in particular, increases the level of estradiol and lowers the level of progesterone. One of the causes of violations of the placental circulation can also be this medicinal plant. It also can increase the pressure of a pregnant woman, which is also dangerous.
When sage is not possible in pregnancy
And no matter how great was the temptation to be treated with herbs, you still should not lose your mind. Undoubtedly, traditional medicine can greatly help a pregnant woman. A lot of methods are recommended by the gynecologists themselves to their wards. However, often a woman makes a decision on her own, based only on the fact that any herb will be, if not more useful, then certainly not harmful medicine. And this is our biggest mistake. We do not take phytotherapy seriously. But it's the same medicine, only the tools are different. And like any medicine, vegetable, including, has a lot of contraindications and side effects.
It should be noted that there are many cases where a woman unaware of drinking, for example, tea with the addition of sage, and this did not affect either the pregnancy or the condition of the fetus. God keeps safe, as they say. We never know what it may end, but almost always we can prevent trouble. In any case, sage during pregnancy should, if accepted, be extremely cautious and very dosed. But in general it is forbidden - know.
When sage is available for pregnancy
However, the above does not at all mean that you should forget about the sage for many months, and maybe even years, because with breastfeeding it also contraindicated, since it significantly reduces (and even completely ceases) the production of milk. The external application of sage is still not prohibited even in this potentially dangerous period. And most widely it is used for gargling during pregnancy, in which the need often arises. Also, sage can be useful for the prevention of varicose veins and removal of puffiness: a 15-20 minute foot bath in the sage broth (but not hot!) Can be not only useful, but also nice to relieve fatigue.