Researchers and anthropologists agree that sage is one of the oldest herbs and natural remedies used by humans throughout history. Today, sage isn’t just used as an all-natural medicine, but as a culinary spice to flavor specific dishes.
The process of creating the oil requires distillation of sage leaves. Once enough of this oil has been concentrated, individuals can reap its benefits. Try clary sage essential oil in a few of MONQ’s favorite blends like Happy or Love.
The History of Sage
The sage plant is native to the countries around the Mediterranean sea and has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans prized sage. Many historical accounts about the herb exist thousands of years after the fall of both empires.1 The Greeks and Romans considered sage sacred, stockpiling large stores, producing its essential oil through steam distillation, and using it in monuments and temples.
Historical records indicate that some groups used sage for preserving meat and other foodstuffs. This made it one of the most important herbs on the Silk Road. Charlemagne himself mandated that be sage planted throughout Germany in 812 AD for use in medicine and trade.3
In the 10th century, Arab physicians believed that sage allowed for immortality. Meanwhile, in the 14th century, Europeans used it in order to protect themselves from witchcraft. In the Middle Ages, monks used 16 herbs in creating their therapies and medicines, and sage was one of these herbs.
Sage was used in sacred ceremonies, as well as cooked into healing tonics by ancient apothecaries.
The biochemicals that make up sage include, but aren’t limited to, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, A-thujone, B-thujone, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate, and borneol.4 This diverse collection of volatile oils, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and terpenes provides sage with many properties.
Uses for Sage Essential Oil
The essential oil is most commonly used topically when diluted with a carrier oil used aromatically in a diffuser.
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In Germany, the use of sage is approved for mild gastrointestinal issues as well as for treating excessive sweating. One study found that using a dry leaf extract or product infused with sage reduced sweating by as much as 50 percent.
Safety and Precautions
Because of its potency, it is important to be careful in sage essential oil use. The oil has been classified by the CDC as an oral toxin due to the amount of the terpene thujone. This means it should not be ingested directly. Sage should not be used for a prolonged period of time. Therefore, it is best to only use sage in recommended amounts no greater than two weeks.
The preferred delivery mechanism for sage is a topical application (after dilution with a carrier oil) or vaporization.
Like many other essential oils, it is not recommended that sage is used if pregnant or nursing.
Individuals suffering from high blood pressure, seizures, or epilepsy are asked to consult with a medical professional before using sage.7
Sage essential oil should become a staple in your routine, either used topically or as part of an aromatherapy session with a room diffuser or portable aromatherapy diffuser like Zen, Active, or Vibrant MONQ.
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