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12 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Sage Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

'Sage the saviour' can offer relief from all kinds of physical and mental ailments.

Sage leaves close up

The word ‘sage’ is derived from the Latin ‘salvere’ meaning ‘to save’.

The Romans, Greeks and other ancient societies had great faith in sage’s ability to ‘save’ them from all manner of physical and mental ailments, and in many of these societies sage was considered sacred, believed widely to have the ability to lengthen life.

These days sage is still used to manage, prevent and offer relief from a wide range of conditions, both on the skin and internal.

Sage is often confused with its popular cousin clary sage. Although the herbs are from the same family, the two oils are distilled from different plants and have different benefits.

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Sage essential oil is a powerful cleaning agent.

Sage essential oil has been found to have both antibacterial and antifungal properties.

A study in 2013 found that the oil had a significant inhibitory effect on both staph infections and the candida fungus, proving its ability to prevent bacterial infections and also tackle stubborn fungi.

It is theorised that these abilities may be due to the presence of camphor and camphene in the oil.

Sage’s powerful cleaning abilities make it a perfect natural cleaning agent for the home. Add a few drops of sage essential oil to a spray bottle of water for a natural solution to commercial cleaning products.

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It has strong antioxidant abilities.

Sage essential oil has also been found to act as an antioxidant, helping to inhibit the effects of free radicals in the body and prevent cell damage.

It is speculated that sage oil gets its antioxidant abilities from the presence of rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid in the oil. Regardless, these antioxidant effects could be incredibly valuable.

A study in 2014 found that the oil’s antioxidant properties can help protect the body from damage caused by oxidative stress and may even play a role in preventing the development of serious diseases.

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It’s great for skin.

Sage has a range of great benefits for skin. The antibacterial properties of the oil can help it to deeply cleanse skin and get rid of harmful microorganisms, whilst its antifungal properties allow it treat conditions such as athlete’s foot.

Sage oil is not only cleansing, but it also soothes and heals. The oil has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to calm conditions such as acne and eczema.

A few drops of sage oil added to a carrier oil can make a great natural face wash.

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It boosts digestive health.

In addition to its other benefits, sage can play a protective role in our digestive health.

A study in 2011 found that sage promotes the discharge of bile in the digestive system. This allows it to soothe the stomach and digestive tract and prevent harm caused by excess acid, improving the functionality of the digestive system.

The oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits also extend to our digestive health. A study in 2001 also found that the oil can help cure inflammation in the stomach and digestive tract, reducing discomfort and gastric distress.

Adding a few drops of sage essential oil to a carrier oil and rubbing on the stomach may help you to experience these benefits. We cannot recommend taking essential oils internally without consulting a medical professional.

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    Known in the Middle Ages as ‘sage the saviour’, this soothing herb has influenced traditional medicine for centuries. Its versatility makes it a great addition to any collection, as does its fresh, faintly peppery scent.

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    Sage Essential Oil 10ml Bottle | Nikura

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