Sage itself is a traditional and very popular medicinal herb. Thankfully, today we have an essential oil that contains the essence of this herb. If you want to know how to use Sage essential oil, keep on reading! You’ll want to buy a bottle right away.
I will give you all the details on the “whys” and the “hows” on using Sage essential oil in cosmetics and not only. At the end of the article, you will find a batch of Aromatherapy blends with Sage essential oil for acne and cellulite.
I chose them because they’re two major concerns for women everywhere. The blends address those exact skin issues just because Sage oil is that great!
Before you get to the recipes chapter, you will also get to find out how to make your own Sage infused oil if you’re interested. You can make your own Sage oil because it’s simple, and because sage can be grown indoors. It is always useful to know where your material comes from and how it’s been grown.
Did you know?
- In the 17th century, the Chinese were very into sage tea. They were willing to trade 3 boxes of their own green tea for one case of sage tea.
Why and How to Use Sage Essential Oil for the Best Results
Salvia officinalis is the botanical name of Sage essential oil. Its leaves are steam distilled and the result is this very potent essence. Read more on the benefits, the controversy and the uses for Sage essential oil.
You should keep in mind that, even though sage can be grown in a pot, the quality of the oil can be influenced.
Factors that influence the quality of an oil are:
- Growing conditions.
- Altitude (if it’s the case).
- Extraction method.
- Tools and recipients used in the extraction and packaging.
All these factors give us different properties for Sage essential oil. But they will still have the same chemical constituents. What exactly does it mean? It means that the sage that’s been grown in Europe may contain more camphor or 1, 8 – Cineole than the sage grown in the U.S, for instance.
They are the same chemical constituents, just in a higher concentration. Too much camphor can make the oil more toxic, for instance.
Sage essential oil can be used in lots of ways. If you’re wondering how you can use Sage essential oil, the answer is in blends that can be rubbed into the skin. Or you can definitely use it through air diffusing or inhaling.
Sage oil can also be taken orally, but only with the advice of a doctor. Sage oil can be very dangerous if used in large dose, because of its high content of Thujone.
Thujone is a compound that may affect the nervous system, and cause hallucinations and seizures. There’s some kind of controversy around this subject, but you can read all about it on the link I provided at the beginning of this chapter.
Sage essential oil has great antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It can improve the digestion and the circulation. It can also help wounds heal faster, and protect against dandruff, among others.
When it comes to cosmetics and beauty, Sage essential oil can be used to:
- Improve the aspect of scars, acne and protect wounds from infections.
- Control the level of sweating.
- Improve the aspect of cellulite.
When it comes to health, Sage essential oil can be used to:
- Relieve sinusitis pain and congestion.
- Protect against flu.
- Improve and regulate menopausal symptoms.
As an informative fact, two tablespoons (1 Oz.) of fresh sage contain:
- 2 grams of fat.
- 11 grams of fiber.
- 17 grams of carbohydrates.
- 3 grams of proteins.
- 88 calories.
- And 43% vitamin K.
Speaking of the nutritional value of fresh sage, Swiss doctors have proven that sage really is efficient in diminishing and even treating menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
They selected 71 women that had menopausal symptoms for over a year, and gave them 1 tablet of fresh sage leaves daily, for 8 weeks. From mild to severe flushes, they all decreased progressively.
After the first two weeks, hot flushes decreased by 46%. By the end of the eighth week, they decreased by 100%. The doctors concluded that the treatment was a success and it was well tolerated by everybody.
Another study performed by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, showed that Sage oil can improve memory. Other such effects on the memory were confirmed about Rosemary essential oil.
In this case, researchers chose 44 volunteers with ages between 18 and 37. They gave half of them Sage oil capsules, and the others placebo capsules. When they were given a word recall test, those who took Sage oil had better results than those who only took placebos.
These studies only show how to use Sage essential oil in more personalized ways. Of course, Sage oil has to be treated with care and never go above the recommended dose in skin applications. Also, never ingest it without talking to a doctor first.
Did you know?
- The uses of sage were so many and diverse in each culture. In the 10th century, desert shamans thought that eating sage was the path to immortality. In the 14th century, superstitious people in Europe would use sage leaves to protect themselves against black magic and witchcraft.
Easy Steps on How to Make Your Own Sage Infused Oil
To make Sage essential oil would be a bit more complicated as it requires special equipment and a bit of a space for it. But there’s this other method of having fresh, organic Sage oil. It’s called the infusion method.
Basically, you’re adding vegetable oil over fresh sage leaves in a jar. Leave it like that for a while until the flavor and compounds of the sage are completely mixed with the oil.
How to use Sage essential oil is simple, because it only requires adding a few drops of it into any blend. But when you have Sage infused oil, it’s like you have a 2-in-1 product. You have the essential oil already diluted in vegetable oil. That means you can go ahead and use it as it is, in moderate doses though!
What you need:
- Fresh sage leaves.
- 2 glass jars.
- Carrier oil.
That little, yes!
1) First of all, you’ll have to crush the leaves a bit. Best way would be to throw them in an ordinary plastic bag, or a freezer bag. There you can crush them with a rubber mallet if you have.
If not, cover an ordinary mallet with a piece of cloth to pound and crush the leaves in the bag. A rough mallet would tear the bag and get to the leaves, and you don’t want to waste or alter the fresh leaves.
2) Depending on how much oil you want to make, you can fill one glass with crushed sage leaves. Or you can fill it only half. A glass filled with sage leaves, in which you add the carrier oil, will result in a more potent infused oil.
Otherwise, you could use Sunflower vegetable oil, Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Borage oil and so on. Just check them out before buying any and make sure they don’t have a characteristic aroma.
4) Leave the sage leaves to soak in vegetable oil for two days. Preferably, leave the jar somewhere where the sun can warm it.
5) After two days, open the jar and strain the oil from the leaves into the second clean jar. To be ready, the leaves need to look brownish. That means they’ve left all their nutrients and active compounds into the oil.
6) At the end, you can add a few drops of Vitamin E to help the oil last longer. Either way, you should keep the Sage infused oil in a dark, cool room or in the fridge and only use small batches for what you need.
I hope this short lesson on how to make your own Sage infused oil will help you test it sooner rather than later. You know how to use Sage essential oil by now, and it’s time I give you recipes to start experimenting. Improve the cellulite and the aspect of acne scars, and maybe even get rid of the acne itself with a few simple ingredients.
Aromatherapy Recipes with Sage Essential Oil against Acne and Cellulite
Unfortunately, acne with its scars can cause serious damage to one’s moral and self-esteem. Not to mention what it can do to the skin! On the other side, even if hidden most of the time, cellulite can also cause distress and self-esteem issues.
No matter how you look at it, these are real problems with which so many teenagers and adults have to fight. But, less stress plus essential oil blends to cater for the needs of your skin can result in some pretty impressive results.
#1: Here’s how to use Sage essential oil against occasional to moderate acne:
- Sage essential oil: 1 ml
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone essential oil: 1 ml
- Rosehip vegetable oil: 15 ml
- Sweet Almond vegetable oil: 15 ml
- Measuring spoons
- 1 Oz. dark glass bottle
Depending on the texture of the essential oil, 1 ml can have between 25 – 35 drops. But I suggest you buy measuring spoons for 1 ml and 5 ml to make it easier. First, mix the two carrier (vegetable) oils in your bottle. Then add the essential oils and shake well.
You can apply this mixture once a day, every third day for two months. Don’t use daily because the blend might dry your skin. The blend is very potent so you should use with care and follow the instructions. The rest of the days, clean and moisturize your complexion as normal.
#2: Here’s how to use Sage essential oil against Rosacea (acne-like skin)
- Sage essential oil: 1 ml
- Peppermint essential oil: 1 ml
- Aloe Vera gel: 20 ml
- Grapeseed carrier oil: 20 ml
- Avocado carrier oil: 10 ml
- 2 Oz. dark glass bottle
Again, mix the carrier oils with the Aloe Vera gel first. Then add the two essential oils and shake well. Apply on the affected skin twice a day, right after a thorough cleansing. You could use mineral water to cleanse your face too.
Aloe Vera is a gentle gel for the sensitive skin. Rosacea-affected skin makes it very sensitive. Grapeseed oil helps all the oils go deep into the skin barrier and nourish and protect it. Avocado oil is highly moisturizing. Both essential oils have powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. They can also help the skin heal faster, leaving behind as less scar tissue as possible.
#3: Here’s how to use Sage essential oil against inflamed and severe acne
- Sage essential oil: 12 drops
- Clove essential oil: 5 drops
- Thyme essential oil: 5 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 12 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 6 drops
- Grapeseed carrier oil: 50 ml
- Rosehip carrier oil: 50 ml
- Sea Buckthorn carrier oil: 1 ml
- Aloe Vera gel: 10 ml
- 4 Oz. dark glass bottle
Blend all the carrier oils and Aloe together. Then add all the essential oils, one by one and shake well at the end. Apply this mixture on the acne every night before going to bed, on a well-cleansed face.
Sage, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils will help your skin recover and heal faster, with minimal scar tissue. Clove and Thyme essential oils have powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. They can all help destroy the Staphylococcus that causes acne.
#4: Here’s how to use Sage essential oil against cellulite
- Sage essential oil: 10 drops
- Rose essential oil: 10 drops
- Atlas Cedarwood essential oil: 10 drops
- Avocado carrier oil: 25 ml
- Olive carrier oil: 25 ml
- Macadamia carrier oil: 20 ml
- 3 Oz. dark glass bottle
Mix the carriers, and then add the essential oils. Shake well before each use. Apply about 10 drops of this mixture, in the morning and night on your thighs with energetic up and down movements. Start from the thighs and go down the leg. Continue with the same movements to stimulate the circulation also.
This mixture is meant to improve the appearance of cellulite. But it needs to be used for a longer time for visible results.
#5: Here’s how to use Sage essential oil against after birth cellulite and water retention
- 5 Oz. dark glass bottle
- Avocado oil: 60 ml
- Macadamia oil: 60 ml
- Sage essential oil: 2 ml
- Lemon essential oil: 1 ml
- Cypress essential oil: 2 ml
- Helichrysum essential oil: 2 ml
- Mountain Savory essential oil: 1 ml
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone essential oil: 2 ml
Blend all carriers, and then add the essential oils. Shake well before each use. Apply this blend two times a day, for a month. Try to massage the blend for at least 5 minutes. Use massage movements that go in opposite directions, no matter where the cellulite is (on thighs, arms, or the buttocks).
Avocado and Macadamia carriers will keep the skin firm. They can also help the other oils penetrate deeper into the skin’s protective barrier. The essential oils in this recipe are meant to stimulate the circulation (Helichrysum), and tighten the skin (Sage, Lemon, Mountain Savory and Cypress).
All these recipes will help you learn how to use Sage essential oil in a safe and effective manner. As long as you don’t go above the recommended dose, your blends should help your skin look really well. Also, knowing how to make your own Sage infused oil could help you save up money and encourage your creative side to experiment more.
All in all, Sage essential oil is one of the best oils with tradition. Ancient civilizations knew why they would grow it and use it to treat every condition they had. Today, we’re lucky to know so much about it, including how to use it safely.
Have you ever used Sage essential oil? What for and how did it go?