Benefits of Sage Oil

03/10/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles

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What is the Genus Species? Salvia officinalis

Why is this information important? It is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.

There are over 700 different species of Sage and there are two chemotypes. Many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species that may not offer the therapeutic benefit you are looking for.

Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are used for different purposes.

Where is the name derived from? Sage is derived from Latin word “salvia” meaning “to heal”.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and flowers

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that in 812 AD Charlemagne asked that Sage be cultivated and planted on the German imperial farms due to its medicinal popularity?

What are the Plant Properties? Antibacterial, antiseptic, antitumoral, antifungal, antiviral, antispasmodic, hormone regulating, estrogen like, disinfectant, circulatory and gallbladder stimulant.

What are the Documented Sage Benefits and Uses? Menstrual problems and PMS, liver problems, hair loss, dandruff, asthma, bronchitis, digestion, gingivitis, lymphatic system, night sweats, skin conditions, metabolism.

Several books document that the progesterone-testosterone and estrogen balance may re-balance with the use of this oil. It is thought that Sage oil constituents promote the secretion of additional progesterone-testosterone in the body.

Therefore, it is contained in many products and oil blends for regulating the hormones. I use one blend that contains Fennel, Lavender, Sage, Myrtle, Yarrow and Peppermint Essential Oils.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is mentally stimulating. Strong scent, spicy and herbaceous.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Sage has been used for thousands of years to induce trance states and enhance spiritual awareness. It brings about purification and cleansing of our life patterns, particularly those where we are self defeating.

During this process, we surrender to spirit and allow the wisdom of our elders, that we all possess, to support us on our path and to change our beliefs that no longer serve us. Sage oil also offers us protection and the comfort level we need to permit this process to enfold.

What Chakra is Affected? The root, sacral and solar plexus chakra.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Red.

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Directly inhale
  • diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement. Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use very diluted and with caution.

However, it has been documented in several books that Sage Essential Oil is extremely helpful for doggy “hot spots”. Some of the home essential oil recipes that contain sage are combined with lavender and/or aloe vera.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used! Sage is generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA. Also approved by FDA as a Food Additive (FA). However, children of all ages should avoid internal use.

Sage essential oil contains thujone. Thujone has been a source of some disagreement, especially within the British School of Aromatherapy because it potentially may have a neruotoxic effect in high dosages if ingested. But, remember, that any product used incorrectly and in high doses may be harmful to the body.

With that said, there are other oils that are rich in thujone, including Western Red Cedar Essential Oil (Thuja plicata) and Wild Tansy (Tanacetum annum). So, as with all oils use them properly and when in doubt dilute more than less. This oil may produce skin irritation without dilution.

This oil should be avoided during pregnancy, by children younger than 5 years old. Additionally, those who have epilepsy or high blood pressure should not use this oil.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that in the Middle Ages because of its healing properties, Sage was sometimes called S. salvatrix or Sage the Savior?

Did you know that the Lakota Indians consider Sage a “master healer” because of its purifying and cleansing properties?

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Sage Essential Oil?

Get it at our E-store. If you have the time, do check out the range of other Essential Oils that we offer.

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