Common sage or garden sage has been valued for its medicinal benefits and as food seasoning for centuries. Sage aromatherapy benefits have also been known for a long time because of their natural anti microbial properties. We look at the benefits of sage essential oil and how it can be used.
Sage aromatherapy benefits
The sage plant has been used for ages because of its natural antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. Because of these properties, it can help ease spasmodic pain and help control chronic pain (such as menstrual pains, rheumatism etc.) over an extended period in a natural manner.
It is also used as a natural healing agent for minor cuts and wounds. It helps to prevent infection and may even help in preventing or removing scar tissue and blemishes. It can also act as a natural astringent to be used to reduce the size of skin pores and as a soothing after shave. This is why sage is an ingredient frequently used in skin care and anti aging products.
Sage aromatherapy benefits also include easing of insect bites and the soothing of skin problems such as sores and ulcers. Stiffness in the neck and muscles, trembling and palsy can also be eased with the help of this essential oil.
It is important to remember that this oil can be toxic in very large quantities. It is not advisable for use by pregnant women or those who have epilepsy or high blood pressure. However clary sage essential oil is thought to be milder and safer to use having fewer side effects.
Other benefits of sage
Apart from the sage aromatherapy benefits detailed above, it is also a natural insect repellant. It is a natural deodorizer. Sage is a flavorful and delicious addition to your culinary creations as well: it can be used to season meats, cheeses, and stuffing. It imparts a lovely peppery flavor and lends fragrance to a dish.
How to use sage essential oils
Sage essential oil can be used in many different ways. It can be used in a diffuser or vaporizer, to aid relaxation and improve concentration. It can also be used as a massage or bath oil to help improve chronic pain and urinary problems.
‘Smudging’, whereby sticks of sage are tied in a bundle and lighted to produce smoke helps disperse and remove negative energy.
Sage aromatherapy benefits can also be derived in cream or lotion form. These can help heal wounds, remove spots and scars and help with ulcers, dermatitis and psoriasis.