Essential oils, such as sage essential oil, have been used for centuries to treat and cure everything from stretch marks to uncontrollable muscle spasms. Sage oil has been used in Southern Europe for millennia. The Ancient Greeks held it in very high regard, and the Romans regarded it as sacred and brought it to Britain when they invaded. The Egyptians used it to improve fertility, and Native Americans and other indigenous cultures around the world used it to purify themselves and their homes before sacred rituals.

What exactly are essential oils? What is sage essential oil used for, and how can it improve my quality of life? Keep reading to learn all of this and more. 

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Depurative and Febrifuge
febrifuge

Sage oil purifies the blood by helping your lymphatic system to process and remove toxins in the blood through sweating and urination. 

Emmenagogue
emmenagogue

Too many women suffer unnecessarily from hormonal imbalances caused by menses.

Expectorant
expectorant

The common cold costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars per year in missed work and doctor's visits. 

Stimulant
stimulant

People often think of stimulants as bad, such as caffeine and nicotine. However, sage essential oil stimulates important systems and organs.

Antispasmodic
antispasmodic

Perhaps the most useful benefit of sage essential oil is its antispasmodic property. One of the most common causes of chronic pain is muscle spasms.

 

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are oils derived from a particular species of plant. Not every plant can be used to make essential oils. For those that can, the oil is derived from fruits, flowers, leaves, stems or roots, depending on the plant. How the essential oil is extracted effects its properties. Steam distillation involves vaporizing lighter chemicals held by the plant. This process creates two products - the essential oil made up of oil-soluble molecules and hydrosol or hydrolat made up of water-soluble molecules. In some cases, the extreme heat can alter the chemical properties of a plant and make the oils smell different from the plant itself. 

Expression is the extraction method used for citrus fruits such as tangerine, lemon or lime. It involves scraping or grating the citrus fruit's peel to release the volatile oils found in the peel's sacs. These oils smell so similar to the fruit they came from because there is no heat involved in the extraction process to change the makeup of the chemicals which give a plant its distinct aroma. 

Supercritical CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide as a solvent. It produces a high-quality extract once it is added and eliminated to the plant that the oil is derived from. These oils are very different from other essential oils in that there is a much greater number of chemical molecules left in the oil at the end of the process. This means the oil can be used for more things. It is common to find one plant have CO2 extraction and distillation methods used on them. This is because the heat of the distillation causes changes to the chemical makeup of the essential oil. This means it has different therapeutic properties than an oil from the same plant derived from supercritical CO2 extraction.


How To Use Sage Oil

Sage essential oil can be used in many ways depending on what you want to use it for. Remember to dilute sage oil with a carrier oil before you use it as it is very potent, and an excessively high concentration can cause irritations such as itchy skin. For aromatherapy, you can use it to stimulate the senses or calm the nerves by inhaling using a vaporizer or diffuser. To relieve menstrual-related symptoms, use it in a bath or as a soothing massage oil to relax your cramping, spasmodic muscles. Bath bombs are a great way to use sage oil as it combines inhalation and topical application. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared sage oil as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for consumption, meaning you can add it to food, smoothies, and tea without worrying about a severe gastrointestinal upset.


What Are The Main Uses Of Sage Essential Oil?

While there are many uses of sage essential oil, the most common are as a choleretic, laxative, disinfectant, cicatrisant and anti-inflammatory aid.

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Choleretic/Cholagogue



Sage essential oil is commonly used to encourage bile discharge. This soothes the stomach, aids digestion, and promotes the health of the whole digestive system by protecting it from painful inflammation caused by harmful stomach acids. It mitigates the risk of peptic ulcers caused by excess acidity and acidosis and protects us from skin diseases, boils, and eruptions caused by an excess of acid in the bloodstream.

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Laxative

Unfortunately, Americans do not consume enough fiber for the number of calories they consume. This leads to nasty side effects such as diarrhea caused by constipation and painful bloating. Sage oil stimulates the intestines, encourages the discharge of some fluids, eliminates constipation, and promotes excretion of toxins and other waste in your bloodstream and gastrointestinal tract.

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Disinfectant

One of the most common uses of sage oil is as a disinfectant. It has antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that make it effective at protecting you against both internal and external infections. It both boosts your immune system to diminish your risk of bacterial infections and helps to fight them off if you suffer from them. Internal infections include yeast and colon infections. External infections are most commonly caused by open wounds.

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Cicatrisant

Sage oil is popular in the cosmetic world due to its cicatrisant property. It helps your skin heal faster when you have incisions or abrasions. It is commonly a key active ingredient in anti-spot and anti-mark cream. It reduces stretch marks caused by childbirth or rapid weight loss, sores, and scars caused by chicken pox or boils.

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Anti-Inflammatory

Sage essential oil minimizes the harmful side effects of excessive narcotics and intoxicants such as pain pills and alcohol. It also relieves pain caused by fever-induced inflammation and treats skin inflammation which can cause conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and painful, itchy rashes. Furthermore, sage oil prevents poisonous substances from entering your bloodstream. It cures inflammation in the excretory and gastrointestinal tracts, soothing pain from everything from very hot winds to an excess of sodium or spicy food.

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Antioxidant

Oxidants are the free radicals in your body that cause signs of aging such as wrinkles, memory loss, poor vision and hearing, muscle atrophy, sagging skin, poor brain function, tissue degeneration, nervous disorders, and macular degeneration. A common active ingredient in cosmetics, sage oil is an antioxidant which is used in skin treatment and other anti-aging products.

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Antibacterial

Sage essential oil is often used for its antibacterial properties. It inhibits the growth of bacteria in your body, so you will not get as sick as you could by keeping a diffuser of sage oil in your bedroom at night. It also kills bacteria on surfaces in your room and on the surface of your skin that you risk infection from if you have a scrape or cut. It can be used to kill internal bacteria which cause infections of the genitals, intestines, colon, urethra, ears, eyes, nose, and throat as well.

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Antifungal

Sage oil contains camphene and camphor, both containing strong antifungal properties. It mitigates the risk of both external and internal fungal infections. It can also provide much-needed relief from fungal infections such as dermatitis, dysentery, a number of skin diseases, and Athlete's Foot.

Antimicrobial

Another property of camphor and camphene is they are antimicrobial in nature. This allows you to protect yourself from microbial infections which often develop after abrasions.


What Are The Main Benefits Of Sage Essential Oil?

There are over a dozen well-researched benefits of sage essential oil. Here are the most significant:

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Depurative and Febrifuge

febrifuge

Sage oil purifies the blood by helping your lymphatic system to process and remove toxins in the blood through sweating and urination. Furthermore, sage oil is a powerful febrifuge, meaning it relieves fevers by promoting sweat and reducing the inflammation caused by infections.

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Emmenagogue

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Too many women suffer unnecessarily from hormonal imbalances caused by menses. Side effects include mood swings, depression, achiness, lethargy, pain, weakness, fatigue, nausea, headache, and irregular cycles. Sage oil activates hormones including estrogen to regulate cycles and eliminate painful side effects.

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Expectorant

expectorant

The common cold costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars per year in missed work and doctor's visits. Do not be a statistic. Use sage oil to relieve painful congestion caused by the common cold by way of your respiratory tract, chest infections, or a severe cough.  

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Stimulant

stimulant

People often think of stimulants as bad, such as caffeine and nicotine. However, sage essential oil stimulates important systems and organs. It stimulates your nervous, circulatory and excretory systems and organs including your liver, spleen, and brain. These are parts of your body you want to optimize the activity of.

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Antispasmodic

antispasmodic

Perhaps the most useful benefit of sage essential oil is its antispasmodic property. One of the most common causes of chronic pain is muscle spasms. This pain frequently occurs in the chest, intestines, and stomach and can cause symptoms ranging from coughs to cramps and involuntary convulsions. Sage oil will help your muscles relax and allow you to live pain-free and get crucial restful sleep.


Other Benefits

Other benefits of sage essential oil include the management of bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, psoriasis, dermatitis, herpes, lumbago, mental stability, alertness, sciatica, depression, cerebral palsy, and excess phlegm.


Conclusion

With over a dozen health benefits of sage essential oil, it may be the most underrated essential oil of them all. Essential oils are the essence of a plant, derived either mechanically or chemically, and are made up of 100 to 200 oil-soluble chemicals. It has been used for thousands of years in Southern Europe to improve digestion, fight infections, and relieve pain caused by inflammation. It is a common active ingredient in skin care products because it prevents or reduces the signs of aging. It can be taken internally but is usually used topically or through inhalation. If you are looking to keep yourself fit as a fiddle this cold and flu season, invest in an essential oil diffuser and use sage oil at night to keep your immune system up and running to its fullest potential. 

 

 

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