Sage Essential Oil<br/><em>Salvia officinalis</em>
Cheerful purple, pink and white flowers belie the musky scent the sage plant produces. This bountiful sage plant has been used for centuries, protecting its people from a variety of evils, real and imagined.
Sage, or Salvia officinalis, is part of the mint family, a small little shrub-like plant that is native to the western Balkans and the southern Apennines. It is often called Dalmatian sage for its birthplace. Once discovered by the ancient Mediterraneans, sage quickly became a part of their mystical and practical lives. It was used for medicine, food and ornament. They used it to protect themselves against evil forces and to improve female fertility.
We know sage was used at least a couple of hundred years before the common era since Theophrastus described sage in one of his writings. Pliny the Elder also talked about the plant, indicating it was used as a diuretic, a styptic and a topical pain killer.
By the Middle Ages, sage was firmly entrenched in the culture, especially treasured for its protective properties. It was sometimes referred to as “sage the savior”, an important element in fighting the plague.
The herb remained popular throughout the centuries from the Middle Ages to today, becoming a beloved cooking spice, medicine and a valued spiritual and mystical aid. It remains part of healing traditions from around the world. Palestinian traditional medicine, for instance, uses sage for its anti-microbial properties. Ayurveda uses sage for a wide range of healing, including as a diuretic, a styptic, cough, headache, joint pain, fevers, memory loss and more.
When you consider all that sage does for us, it’s no wonder the herb carries its Latin name. Its genus name, salvia, comes from the word “salvus” or “safe”.
The Sage Ones Use Sage
Today, we continue the tradition of using sage to heal our bodies, our emotions and our spirits. We also use it for a few decorative reasons too. Medically, sage oil is important because it is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-spasmodic. It also helps to fight diabetes, protect the digestive system and fight obesity. Here are a few ways these properties help common ailments and conditions:
- Antiseptic. The cleansing and purifying nature of sage oil aids in the cleaning of sores, wounds and other skin disruptions that could potentially become otherwise infected.
- Metabolism. Sage essential oil spurs your body to produce gastric juices and bile to help process your food intake more efficiently.
- Anti-fungal. Sage oil contains 1.8-cineole and camphor, two helpful agents in the body’s fight against yeasts and other fungal infections.
- Anti-inflammatory. Sage’s anti-inflammatory flavonoids and phenolic compounds can aid the digestive and respiratory systems as well as joints, muscles and vascular system. Inflammation is the cause of many chronic conditions, and sage may be a help to healing them. Some of the conditions it may help include arthritis, gout and cardiovascular disease.
- Healthy Bones. Sage essential oil is rich in Vitamin K, an important component in building and maintaining a healthy skeletal structure.
- Diabetes. Diabetic medication contains many of the compounds found in sage, helping to balance the liver’s stored glucose, thereby balancing blood sugar levels. This makes sage a good tool in preventing the development of the disease.
- Anti-Ageing. Rich in antioxidants, sage oil is helpful in combating the free radicals that can damage your skin and cause it to age more quickly.
- Aura Cleansing. Just as the ancients used sage to ward off evil spirits, we continue to use sage to repel negative energy. Negative energy impedes our energy fields, keeping us from finding the peace, divinity and spirit we seek. Sage makes an excellent smudge spray or aromatherapy for cleansing your aura of these unhelpful energies, allowing you to attract more positive and enlightened energies.
Sage is generally considered safe when used in low or moderate amounts. High amounts of the oil, however, can be harmful. Children should never use sage, nor should people with sensitivities. Pregnant and nursing women, people with epilepsy and those who have recently consumed alcohol also should not use sage. If you have any health condition or think that you might benefit from sage oil, consult your personal healthcare practitioner to determine if sage oil is appropriate for you.
- Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
- Common Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
- Plant Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Bud
- Colour: Clear:
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, fruity, fresh, camphorous