Friday, May 21, 2010

Sage Essential Oil

       The Chinese believed that Sage cured sterility, while the Romans believed it cured just about everything. The name is derived from the Latin word 'salvare' which means 'heal' or 'save' and during the Middle Ages it was a popular ingredient of many nerve tonics and the herb was also used to clean gums. Sage oil has a sharp, herbal smell, and is watery in viscosity.
      Today, sage essential oil is extracted from the dried leaves by steam distillation. Sage oil may stimulate poor appetite, is useful for menstrual problems, and may ease the pain associated with rheumatism. It helps to deal with grief and depression and quickens the senses. On the muscular system it can be used to ease stiff muscles and particularly fibrositis and torticollis (stiff neck).
     Sage oil blends particularly well with bergamot, lavender, lemon and rosemary. Sage is a powerful oil and should be used with care. It should not be used during pregnancy, or by persons suffering from epilepsy or high blood pressure.  Click more for a few recipes!
Hot Flash Formula

10 drops Clary Sage
11 drops Geranium
7 drops Lemon
2 drops Sage
Dilute in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil; Massage all over body or use 5 drops in bath.

Don’t Sweat It
Hot Flash Formula
10 drops Grapefruit
10 drops Lime
5 drops Sage
5 drops Thyme
Dilute in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add to water bottle. Shake before each use and spray over skin.

Hair Rinse
4 oz Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops Sage
Pour this mixture on your hair, making sure the solution comes in contact with your scalp. Wrap your hair with a towel and leave the mixture in it for thirty minutes or longer. Rinse and shampoo as usual.

Clarity & Memory Enhancer
3 drops Rosemary
3 drops Sage
Add to water in burner or to inhaler.

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