This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Salvia, Sage. The dried leaves are official, but not any preparations. The infusion and the @ (in 20 to 30 drop doses) are reliable. Sage is used as a condiment, carminative, and antihydrotic. As a gargle it is a useful astringent and antiseptic. A fluidextract is made and used in I0 to 60 I. doses, but the @ as made from the fresh leaves tastes better and mixes with hot water nicely. A cold tea, made in this way, is effective in night sweats. Salvia sclerata possesses nerve tonic influences, and I or 2 teaspoonfuls of its tincture to a pint of hot water is useful for sponging the skin of debilitated persons.