There are several varieties of sage. A member of the mint family, sage can contain up to 50% ketone and so generally is not recommended for internal use. It is instead recommended to use clary sage internally because it has many of the same properties without the toxicity. Used externally, sage has very strong estrogenic properties and can be helpful with hot flashes, water retention, gum infections, and the prevention of wrinkles. It is used to stop the progression of gray hair. It can cause vertigo if it is inhaled to excess.
Origins of Sage
Sage was a sacred herb in olden times. It grows practically anywhere, especially in Mediterranean countries.
Properties of Sage oil
Sage has a heating and drying energy that acts as diaphoretic, expectorant, nervine, astringent, alterative, diuretic, disinfectant, carminative, antispasmodic, stimulant, hypertensor and antidepressant.
Most common uses:
Good diuretic and useful when slimming.
Helps in rheumatic conditions and good for aches and pains.
General stimulant and regulator of nervous system.
Purifies the blood.
Alleviates low blood pressure.
Regulates menstrual flow.
Good for digestive problems.
Beneficial in menopause.
Recommended in cases of thrush.
Helps treat bleeding gums.
Helps several skin conditions, such as eczema and ulcers.
Mixes well with: lavender, rosemary, citrus, rosewood, citronella and pine.
Warning: abortive and toxic in high doses, or in nursing mothers; not for internal use.