10 Benefits of sage essential oil
Sage essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves of the sage plant by steam distillation, has been used for centuries as therapeutic oil. In fact the very name of sage means “to save”, which will give you an idea of just how beneficial this essential oil can be. Sage is probably best known for its ability to soothe the digestive system, but its medicinal uses go far beyond just that. Sage oil has many uses around the home and in beauty treatments too, so read on, and you will find ten amazing benefits of sage essential oil.
1. Treats athlete’s foot and other fungal infections
Sage essential oil is widely used in skin care products and, one of the reasons for this, is its strong antifungal properties. Sage essential oil contains camphene and camphor, which means that it is suitable for treating ailments, such as athlete’s foot and dermatitis.
2. Stimulates the mind and promotes alertness
Sage essential oil is also widely used in aromatherapy and it is known to be able to stimulate the mind. Use sage essential oil in a diffuser and it will combat fatigue and sharpen the mind. It’s also said to be a very good mood enhancer and some people say that it can help lessen the symptoms of depression.
3. Fights infection in wounds
Like all essential oils, care should be used when using sage essential oil on the skin and it is best to test on a small area of skin first before you use sage oil anywhere else on your body. Having said that, sage essential oil has powerful antimicrobial properties, so it can be used to stop minor would like cuts and abrasions becoming infected.
4. Eases cramps
Sage essential oil is also a powerful antispasmodic and it can be used to ease cramps and similar conditions. If you are suffering with a persistent cough, using sage essential oil in a diffuser in your home would ease uncontrollable coughing too.
5. Fades scars and stretch marks
Sage essential oil is what is known as a cicatrisant, which means that it has the ability to heal scars and fade spots and blemishes. It is used in many cosmetic products because of this property and it can be used to fade stretch marks, heal spots, and it promotes faster healing of wounds too. It also has strong antibacterial properties, so it makes a very good oil to use as a treatment of acne.
6. Improves cognitive functioning
In a study that was conducted by the University of Michigan, researchers found that sage essential oil improved the cognitive functioning of Alzheimer’s patients. Research is still ongoing into exactly why sage essential oil has the power to do this, but it is believed that the oil has the power to improve the operation of neurotransmitters in the brain.
7. It works well as an expectorant
Sage essential oil can be really beneficial, if you have a heavy, chesty, cold. As well as it being an antispasmodic, which means that will help to control a cough, it also works very well as an expectorant. If you put a few drips of sage essential oil in a bowl of boiling hot water and you inhale the vapours, it will quickly clear congestion in the chest and the sinuses.
8. It detoxes the body
Sage oil can also be used to help speed up the removal of harmful toxins from the body. It improves the functioning of the digestive system allowing the body to expel toxins that way, and it also encourages sweating, which removes more toxins from the blood. This helps to remove heavy metals and other toxins that would otherwise accumulate in the body.
9. It has anti-ageing properties
The antioxidants present in sage essential oil also make it a very good anti-ageing treatment. Add a few drops to a moisturising oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil, and it will fight the damage to the skin that is caused by free radicals and slow the development of lines and wrinkles. It will also help skin to be soft and supple, and that will help stop skin losing its elasticity and prevent sagging.
10. You can use it around the home as a disinfectant
You can also use sage essential oil around the home as a disinfectant. Its powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties will kill germs in work surfaces and in the bathroom and it smells a lot better than commercial disinfectants too. It also has a deodorising effect, so it can be very useful for removing unpleasant odours from around the home.
Stay happy and healthy!