Sage is a perennial, evergreen, shrub with grayish-green soft, fuzzy leaves. It is part of the mint family and can sprout lavender, white or pink flowers. Sage is very common in culinary dishes and may remind you of Thanksgiving with its distinct savory, peppery scent.
Sage essential oil is harvested fresh from steam distilling the dried leaves of the plant. The oil is clear to pale yellow and has a strong, herbaceous, spicy scent. While clay sage comes from the same family of evergreen shrub, they are very different. Clary sage has a sweet, nutty aroma.
Sage has been used to purify and cleanse people and spaces. You may have heard of the ritual a smudge stick, where a small bundle of dried sage is burned in a space to bring in a lightness of energy and calm. Sage is no ordinary oil and it’s benefits vary so greatly is deserves a place in your aromatherapy toolkit!
Sage, while considered to be a safe essential oil, has a high content of Thujone, which can be toxic when isolated. It can cause hyperactivity, excitability and seizures. This oil is found in several plants and flowers. It’s best connected with the mysterious drink absinthe. Sage shouldn’t be used on children under 10, pregnant women or people that suffer from seizures. Now that we know to take some precautions as we would with all medicinals, lets get into sage’s many benefits!
Sage essential oil can be used to balance emotions. It can provide mental clarity and ease anxiety.
Balanced and Calm Massage Oil
2 oz grapeseed oil
15 drops sage essential oil
10 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Apply a small amount to skin and massage as needed.
Sage is believed to be one of the ingredients in four thieves vinegar, and ancient concoction believed to protect one from the plague. There are many variations to this recipe and reasons why it was believed to work. It could have been ingredients that were natural pest repellents such as sage, rosemary and cloves. It may have also been attributed to sage and it’s fellow ingredients antimicrobial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. I use my own variation to this blend when anyone has come down with a cold in my household.
Modern Day Four Thieves Vinegar
1.5 cups distilled water
.5 cups white vinegar
5 drops sage essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine ingredients and put into a spray bottle and shake well before each use. This formula can be used for household cleaning, a non toxic pest repellent, an air spray disinfectant and even a gentle topical spray for foot or nail fungus.Don’t underestimate sage’s aromatherapy and medicinal properties. From ancient times to today, sage offers far more than it’s culinary benefits.