More than just a pretty-smelling oil, sage has been used for centuries for everything from memory enhancement to wound healing…
This week, I’m pulling off one of the most stressful things a person can experience: A multi-state move. Come Saturday, I’ll be packing up my truck and making the journey from Pennsylvania to Maine, and right now I’m feeling that stress all over. Head to toe. Even though this move is one I’m excited about, it’s been said that moving, even in the best of times, is akin to experiencing a death in the family when it comes to stress level – and I believe it! To keep calm and grounded as my move-out date approaches, I’ve been turning to tried and true practices that bring peace of mind while everything around me is chaos. A favorite? Sage oil and smudges. While sage smudging is often thought of as a move-in ritual, the smoke from sage can help clear the air anytime. Add sage essential oil to the equation, and you’re in for decreased levels of stress and a great-smelling apartment (even if it is filled with boxes). But sage is more than just a pretty-smelling oil, the herb has been used for centuries for everything from memory enhancement to wound healing. Learn more about this incredible herb below!
What is sage?
Salvia officinalis, also called common sage or garden sage, is a light green herb with small purple flowers in the mint family. Native to the Mediterranean, sage now grows worldwide and has been used for thousands of years for both culinary and spiritual practices. Believed to promote everything from fertility to warding off evil to promoting brain function, When burned as a smudge, sage is thought to clear energy from a space or an object, much the same way as it was used centuries ago..
What are the benefits of sage?
Considered a sister herb to rosemary, when paired together sage and rosemary are believed to enhance cognitive function and could improve memory. On its own, sage could help boost brain power whether consumed as part of a dish, or simply used in aromatherapy by potentially stimulating neural pathways in the brain and possibly reducing overall inflammation, which has been linked to brain function. The same antioxidant properties in sage that may lead to reduced inflammation have also been found to possibly help with reduced muscle pain; in fact, the oils derived from sage have long been used to ease muscle aches and pains throughout the body. Sage has been found to contain some antibacterial and antiviral effects, and when applied as a poultice or tincture has been shown to improve symptoms of a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, acne and psoriasis.
How do I use sage?
Sage bundles can be bought pre-made but are just as easy to create and customize on your own with the benefit of adding in your own herbs and flowers. Sage oil blends beautifully into essential oil blends, like the one below, and fresh sage can be added to everything from salads to soups to desserts for antioxidant and memory-boosting benefits!
Sage-Rosemary Muscle and Memory Blend
10 drops sage essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
1 oz carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, sesame)
Small glass container
Combine essential oils and carrier oil in a small glass container. Mix gently before capping. Store in a cool, dark place. To use: rub on sore muscles or on temples to ease stress and improve mental capacity.
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