Sage – Salvia officinalis, is a perennial herb with small, gray-silver leaves and erect stems bearing spikes of purple flowers. The leaves and flowers are the part used in steam distillation. It is a colorless to pale-yellow liquid with an intense herbaceous, camphorous aroma.
Like many other herbs, this herb, Sage – Salvia officinalis has a long history of use. Salvia translates from Latin as “alive“, “save” or “be in good health.” From the ancient Romans onward many European cultures regarded sage as an essential herb for anyone to have growing nearby so it could be used for medicinal purposes. It earned the nickname “Sage the Saviour” for it’s cleansing and nerve tonic properties.
Sage was highly valued in the southern European and Mediterranean regions. In the Greek and Roman societies it was seen to be sacred. It was believed that Sage had the ability to grant a longer life. In China it was traditionally used to address infertility as well as menopausal symptoms.
Sage is known as the “master herb” by the Lakota Indians.
Sage oil was believed to shift negative emotions such as grief and sadness into more positive moods. It was believed to be the herb of “courage”. If you are caught up in negative self talk and you need your emotions to shift, Sage may be what you need. In ancient times it was believed that Sage essential oil had a positive influence on a person’s inner lifeforce. It was used in spiritual practices to cleanse the mind of negative self-talk.
Sage essential oil is regarded to be both beneficial physically and emotionally.
The term officinalis refers to the “officina” in monasteries, where the healing herbs were stored. All the classic herbals of history recommended the herb salvia for a variety of purposes, including improving women’s fertility. Today sage leaves are perhaps the best known as an ingredient in cooking. In some countries it was used to preserve meat.
Our Sage comes form Bulgaria and is certified pure and natural.
Sage is said to be helpful for circulatory problems. It is thought to be a phytoestrogen that mimics our natural estrogen. For women it is often used to relieve vaginal infections and inflammation. In aroma therapy applications, Sage essential oil is known to stimulate and clarify the mind while showing a balancing, soothing, strengthening and uplifting effect specifically on the senses to ease negative moods. This is why it is often used for men in therapeutic venues to reduce the grumpiness and irritability that often comes with aging and the decline of the androgen hormone.
Sage is one of the oils used to reduce hair loss and is also used in treatments that promote scar reduction.
Sage may be used in cat pillows to deter fleas. A few drops on your cat’s pillow can help keep those little critters away.
As you may know, essential oils are obtained by distillation. The condensate that is released during this process is called hydrolate or hydrosol. This magical liquid hides numerous aromatic and medicinal substances from a living plant and has a similar effect as the related essential oil. Sage hydrolate can be a great smelling insect repellent spray. It is often used mouthwashes and gargles for sore throats.
Aromatherapists use Sage for arthritis, rheumatism, cold limbs, numbness, bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, influenza, muscular aches and pain, muscular injury, tendonitis, painful joints, menstrual pain, menstrual cramp, menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, excess perspiration, varicose congestion, heavy and tired legs and to promote digestion.
Sage therapeutic properties: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, cicatrizing, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, mucolytic, stomachic, tonic
Like many other essential oils, Sage is very powerful and must be used well diluted. Sage is generally recognised as safe although it should not be used if one is subject to seizures, epilepsy and high blood pressure. The use of essential oils should be avoided by persons on multiple medications.