At times, our overall well-being and health can get interrupted when we get distracted by our immediate afflictions. Sage is an essential oil that revitalizes the body as a whole while also helping to restore our individual bodily systems.
With an herbaceous and sweet aroma, Sage has been acknowledged throughout history for its medicinal properties. Its name means “to save” in Latin because of its efficacy in helping a range of health issues.
Not to be confused with clary sage essential oil, sage essential oil has similar health benefits to clary sage. Sage oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, aids in digestive health and for those who have experienced hair loss it can support hair growth. Sage essential oil can be used for aromatherapy, using one of our essential oil diffusers, or can be added to shampoos or your regular body or face lotion for topical application.
Native to the Mediterranean, Sage is a small evergreen tree that is now cultivated worldwide. To extract the sage essential oil, the leaves are put through a steam distillation process.
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Note: Middle - Base
Synonym: Dalmatian Sage, Common Sage
Blends Well With: Cardamom, and other spices
Aroma: Herbaceous, sweet, and slightly-camphorous
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Do not use if you have a seizure disorder.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.4%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Sage essential oil is safe when used as advised. It has a maximum recommended dilution rate of 0.4%, which equals about 2 drops of Sage in 1 oz of carrie oil. Due to its heightened safety precautions, it’s not recommended to be used by young children and pregnant or nursing persons. Sage is also not recommended to be used by those with epilepsy. Finally, while Edens Garden does not recommend oral use of essential oils, Sage may cause adverse side effects if used internally.
- Sage essential oil (Salvia officinalis) is a potent and powerful wellness aid. Historically, Sage has been used for hair care, digestive support and lowering the activity of sweat glands. Diffused, Sage is a respiratory support, stress aid, headache helper and fatigue reducer. When diluted and applied topically on the skin, it can reduce the appearance of cellulite. For this reason, we added Sage to our Cellulite essential oil blend.
- With an herbaceous and earthy aroma, Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been acknowledged throughout history for its medicinal properties. It makes an excellent addition to shampoo or preparations with carrier oils for sore muscles, aching stomach and cellulite and is a highly effective addition to DIY home cleaners and sprays. Due to the presence of thujone, it is not recommended to exceed a 0.4% dilution of Sage to avoid skin irritation and it’s also not recommended to be used around children or those pregnant and nursing. Clary Sage essential oil is sweet, herbaceous, clean, and likened to earl grey tea. Clary Sage oil works well when applied topically for oily skin care, stomach aches, PMS, menopause, hot flashes and cramps. It is generally considered safe for use with all healthy individuals.
- In religious practices, Sage is said to bring spiritual cleansing and positivity. Therapeutically, Sage offers cleansing properties that promote wellness. To usher in positivity, diffuse 10 drops of Sage essential oil per 100 ml of water in an essential oil diffuser. For home cleaning, combine 80 drops Sage and 1 oz 190-proof grain alcohol in a 4 oz glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 oz distilled water and shake gently to combine. Spray on surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Burning sage or smudging is a Native American practice that is said to clear negative influences and energy. The practice involves tying dried sage into tight bundles, burning the end and walking throughout a space with the burning sage extended out. Sage essential oil has mood-boosting properties that can usher in positivity when inhaled. While both practices have similar benefits, we don’t condone diffusing Sage essential oil in place of burning sage because it is considered an important cultural ritual amongst Native American. Note, that if you’re choosing to burn sage, it’s important to check if it’s been sustainably and ethically sourced. Selling illegally wild-harvested sage has been on the rise.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oil scents & aromas using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
LINIMENT: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Sage, 5 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops of Peppermint and 8 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake well to mix. Apply a small amount of this mixture to sore muscles and massage into the skin. (1.7% dilution)
SPORTS MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 8 drops of Sage, 2 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Chamomile (Roman) and 5 drops of Rosemary, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake well to mix. Massage into sore muscles. (2% dilution)
SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Sage and 2 drops of Tea Tree. Massage well into the scalp and rinse well before using conditioner.
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