Sage oil is an essential oil, extracted from the herb sage. Sage is an evergreen, perennial herb with soft gray-green leaves and blue or violet flowers. It is scientifically identified by the name Salvia officinalis. Sage oil is extracted from the dried sage leaves by the process of steam distillation.
It has intense, herbal smell with watery viscosity. The major constituent of sage oil is thujone. Some other chemical components of sage oil are camphene, a-pinene, b-pinene, 1,8-cineole, myrcene, bornyl acetate, limonene, a-thujone, b-thujone, camphor, linalool and borneol.
Sage oil can be used to treat various health problems due to its therapeutic properties such as antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, digestive, astringent, hypertensive and laxative properties.
Health Benefits of Sage Oil
– Due to content of camphor and camphene, sage oil possesses antifungal properties. It is capable of inhibiting fungal infections externally and internally. Sage oil helps to get rid of various fungal infections like skin infections, dermatitis, Athlete’s foot and dysentery. Due to its antifungal properties, sage oil is used in many skin care products.
– Sage oil consists of certain compounds, which offer protection against microbial infections. It also helps to combat bacterial infections, as it inhibits the growth of bacteria in the body. This property of sage oil is helpful in healing various ailments like bacterial infections in the throat, ears, eyes, nose, urethra, genitals, intestine, colon as well as on the skin. Sage oil also gives antiseptic effects in healing wounds, post-natal injuries, surgical incisions, sores and ulcers.
– Having antioxidant property is the most valuable aspect of sage oil. Due to this important property, this essential oil is used in various anti-aging and skin treatment products. Antioxidants like vitamin C in sage oil work against oxidants or free radicals that can cause harmful effects on the body, leading to premature aging. Antioxidants slow down the effect of free radicals and prevent the symptoms of aging such as sagging skin and muscles, wrinkles, reduced vision and hearing capabilities, memory loss, macular degeneration, degeneration of tissues and nervous disorders.
– Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, sage oil is effective in reducing inflammation of the skin and inflammation due to fever. It helps to relieve inflammation in intestine, stomach and excretory tract. It also decreases the effects of excessive intoxicants and narcotics.
– Antispasmodic property of sage oil makes it beneficial in treating the health conditions related to spasms such as pain in stomach, intestine and chest as well as convulsions, cough and cramps.
– Choleretic properties of sage oil help to stimulate the bile discharge. It helps to neutralize the acids present in the stomach and blood stream. It, thus, offers a relief from acidity and acidosis, which helps to prevent peptic ulcers, caused by acidity and also protects from eruptions, boils and skin diseases resulted from increased acid levels in blood. Sage oil soothes stomach, reduces inflammation caused by excessive acidity and improves functioning of entire digestive system.
– Due to its depurative property, sage oil enhances the elimination of toxins from the blood through excretion or sweating and thus, promotes purification of blood.
– Sage oil acts as an emenagogue and regulates menstrual cycle. It activates the hormones like estrogen and reduces the PMS symptoms like nausea, headache, fatigue, weakness, mood swings and depression.
– Massaging cellulite areas with sage essential oil can give wonderful results. It stimulates blood circulation and helps to remove toxins, which decreases as well as prevents the appearance of cellulites.
– Sage oil is also found to be beneficial for healthy hair. It controls oil secretion and decreases oily hair. Sage oil can be massaged on the scalp, which enhances hair growth and prevents hair loss.
– Sage oil can be effectively used to treat various skin problems like cracked skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis and Athlete’s foot.
Precautions and Side Effects
Sage oil should be avoided along with alcohol consumption, as it can exaggerate intoxicating effects. Small amount of sage oil should be used, as larger doses can cause headache. Usage of sage oil should be avoided during pregnancy, as it can cause uterine contractions leading to miscarriage. Sage oil should be avoided by breast-feeding women, as it slows down the production of breast milk. Due to content of thujone, sage oil may affect nervous system and cause dizziness, restlessness and increased heart rate.