Sage Leaf for Hot Flash Relief

It's a staple in the spice cabinet and potent hot flash relief for perimenopausal women. Learn about sage's benefits and uses.

Sage Leaf for Hot Flash Relief from Wile. ID: sage green leaves with lots of texture up close.

Our Hot Flash Supplement Uses Food as Medicine 

Sage is more than a Thanksgiving fave. It can also provide hot flash relief. Hallelujah! Sage leaf extract helps balance hormones to minimize hot flash frequency and intensity, so it’s a key part of our Wile Hot Flash supplement.

Why We Love Sage Leaf

  • Sage has a double life as a renowned medicinal plant. In fact, the latin name for sage is salvia, which comes from the latin “to heal.” 
  • Sage targets hot flashes from multiple angles. With both hormonal balance and antiperspirant qualities, it takes a holistic approach to hot flash reduction. 

Key Benefits of Sage

Reduces Hot Flashes - Sage leaf is clinically proven to reduce hot flashes in perimenopausal women. In one trial, two thirds of participants reported that their hot flashes disappeared entirely, while the remainder reported a significant decrease in severity and frequency. 

Balances Hormones - Part of the reason that sage leaf is so effective in reducing hot flashes is that it’s a phytoestrogen. This means that it contains compounds that mimic estrogen to restore hormonal balance during perimenopause. When hormones are balanced, everything in your body tends to regulate, including menstrual cycles and hot flashes. 

Antiperspirant Qualities - Sage also has naturally antiperspirant qualities, which comes in handy when a rush of heat threatens to make you sweat. By ingesting sage, you can keep yourself from excess sweating from the outside in. We love sage leaf in our Wile Hot Flash daily supplement

Antimicrobial - Sage leaf is naturally and antimicrobial, so it acts as a mild defense against disease. 

Traditional Uses:

Sage’s use for women’s health goes back a long time. It has been prescribed in traditional European medicine as a cure for painful periods and to help with menstrual cycle regularity. 

Ancient Greeks used sage to:

  • Increase memory function
  • Boost fertility
  • Soothe coughs
  • Heal minor wounds

Sage is also used in Ayurveda to treat digestive issues and infection.

Burning sage, particularly white sage, is a sacred cleansing practice for some indigenous American peoples. 

About the Plant: 

Sage is native to the land around the Mediterranean, though it now thrives all around the world. It grows on a woody shrub and has long, bumpy, grey-green leaves. 

Wile Products With Sage Leaf

Things to Know about Sage:

Sage is very safe to consume for most people, but there can also be too much of a good thing. Consuming too much sage leaf can cause:

  • Vomiting
  • Vertigo
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Kidney damage
  • Seizures

Our Hot Flash supplements are formulated by an experienced naturopath for potency and safety, so the recommended dose is very safe.

The compounds in sage leaf may interact with some medications. Talk to your doctor before starting sage supplements if you have diabetes, or if you take sedatives or cholesterol medicine. 

High concentrations of sage are generally not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding people, but its culinary use is still very safe.

Clinical Research
  • Bommer, S, P Klein, and A Suter. “First Time Proof of Sage’s Tolerability and Efficacy in Menopausal Women with Hot Flushes.” Advances in Therapy 28, no. 6 (June 2011): 490–500. 
  • De Leo, V., D. Lanzetta, R Cazzavacca, and Gianluca Morgante. “[Treatment of Neurovegetative Menopausal Symptoms with a Phytotherapeutic Agent].” Minerva Ginecologica 50, no. 5 (May 1, 1998): 207–11. 
  • Best, Natures. “How Sage Can Help with Night Sweats and Hot Flushes.” Natures Best, 2017. 
  • “Sage  - American Botanical Council,” n.d.
  • Whelan, Corey. “Sage and Menopause: An Herbal Remedy for Hot Flashes?” Healthline, April 1, 2019.

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This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one medical consultation with a professional. Wile, Inc researches and shares information and advice from our own research and advisors. We encourage every woman to research, ask questions and speak to a trusted health care professional to make her own best decisions.
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