Benefits Of Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) For Health

Benefits Of Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) For Health


Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia)


Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) is known as other names: Altamisa Real, Ambroise, Ambrose, Baume Sauvage, Escorodonia, Fausse Menthe, Faux Scordion, Faux Scordium, Garlic Sage, Germandrée des Bois, Germander, Germandrée Scorodoine, Germandrina de Bosque, Wood Sag, Hind Heal, Large-Leaved Germander, Sauge des Bois, Sauge des Montag...

Wood sage (botanical name Teucrium scorodonia) is a member of the genus Teucrium belonging to the Lamiaceae family. A perennial plant, wood sage is grown in gardens as an ornamental plant, which is also known as woodland germander.

Benefits Of Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) For Health
Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) Picture

This hairy herb grows up to a height of anything between 30 cm and 60 cm (12 inches and 24 inches). Wood sage grows straight and has branched stems. The leaves of this herb are petiolate, irregularly jagged at the margins, somewhat wrinkled and their shape varies from ovate to oblong. The flowers appear in inflorescences that are constituted by one-sided (all flowers appear to be on one side) yellowish or light green blooms, each having four stamens accompanied by violet or reddish filaments. These flowers appear in the upper leave axils and are hermaphrodite (having both sex organs) by nature. The flowers are also bilabiate (having two divided lips) and tomentose (densely covered with hair), but do not have any upper lip - similar to flowers of all other Teucrium varieties. Wood sage plants flower during the period between June and August. This species is primarily pollinated by insects belonging to the Hymenoptera species, such as wasps and bees. The plants produce copious amounts of seeds that feed numerous birds.

Indigenous to Europe, the Greeks cultivated wood sage in their gardens for several centuries. Many species of this plant are extensively disseminated in the Middle East region. Some of the species have the aptitude to endure drought conditions well, as they are generally found in severe environments.

Wood sage herb also possesses some therapeutic properties and, therefore, can also be employed in the form of a medicinal or edible herb. However, it is important to note that when taken in excessive dosage, wood sage plants may prove to be toxic. Traditionally, germanders have been used for several thousand years to treat gout and also as a food for weight gain. Usually, only the leaves of this herb are used for medicinal and edible purposes. The stems and flowers are allowed to remain untouched. Like in the instance of any other therapeutic herb, it is advisable that you check with your physician before you start using wood sage either for medicinal or consumption purpose.


Benefits Of Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) For Health


Wood sage possesses astringent, alternative, carminative, diuretic, diaphoretic, tonic, emmenagogue and vulnerary properties and is used for treating a number of health disorders. The herb is generally harvested during July and you may dry out the whole herb for use when needed. Usually, this herb is employed in the form of a domestic remedy to treat fevers, ailments related to the blood, skin complaints, cold and others. Wood sage is an excellent appetizer and is believed to possess the same tonic attributes as the gentian root.

Apart from promoting appetite, wood sage is excellent in the form of a topical wash for cleansing old sores, persistent ulcers, boils, and swellings. This herb has been found to be more effective when used together with chickweed.

People take wood sage for digestive tract disorders, tuberculosis, swollen airways, throat spasms, high blood pressure, wounds, and liver disorders.

Benefits Of Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) For Health
Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) Picture

In chronic rheumatism, wood sage has been used with benefit, and is considered a valuable tonic and restorer of the system after an attack of rheumatism, gout, etc.

A poultice prepared using sage wood in combination with ragwort and comfrey has been traditionally employed for treating tumours and various forms of cancer.

Conventionally, wood sage has been employed for treating sore throat, fevers, colds, and quinsy, palsy, bladder and kidney problems. This herb is also known to augment urine flow and menstrual discharge.

Wood sage is also good to cleanse old sores. If used in the green state with Comfrey and Ragwort, the combination makes an excellent poultice for old wounds and inflammations in any part of the body.

When used fresh and in green state along with ragwort and comfrey, the combined herbs make a wonderful poultice for healing inflammation or old wounds in all areas of the body. All the three herbs are said to be effective in eliminating tumours from the hand, when physicians rule out treatment with medications and advice surgery.

Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia) Side effects and cautions


Unfortunately, not much information regarding the safety of using wood sage or the potential adverse effects it might cause is available. Scientists are still not sure regarding the use of this herb by pregnant women or nursing mothers. In order to remain safe, it is advised that women should stay away from wood sage during pregnancy and while breast feeding.