Sage essential oil: properties, how and when to use it, contraindications

What properties does sage essential oil have and how to make the most of its benefits? Here are its uses for health, but also for beauty and in cooking

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What properties does sage essential oil have and how to make the most of its benefits? Here are its uses for health, but also for beauty and in cooking with particular attention to contraindications

Lessential oil of sage it is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and flowering tops of different varieties of sage, including Salvia officinalis and Salvia sclarea. Both officinal sage essential oil and clary sage essential oil have property antibacterial and antiviral, they improve disorders related to the menstrual cycle and menopause, have a beneficial action on circulation and are used for health, beauty and cooking. It is no coincidence that sage is often referred to as the women's friendly herb.

However, the essential oil of officinal sage should be used with caution due to the presence of thujone, a molecule that has neurotoxicity.


Essential oil of officinal sage


The leaves and flowering tops of officinal sage contain about 5% essential oil, consisting of thujone, camphor, cineole, β-caryophyllene and limonene.

The main use of officinal sage essential oil concerns the menstrual disorders and menopause: this essence is in fact particularly indicated in case of irregular or painful menstruation and hot flashes.

Like many essential oils, officinal sage also boasts antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties which make it an excellent natural remedy for treating herpes and candida infections, as well as flu and respiratory ailments.

How to use officinal sage essential oil

In order to take advantage of the benefits of officinal sage essential oil, add two drops of essence to a tablespoon of vegetable oil and then apply the oil locally to treat cold sores or massage it on the chest to improve breathing in case of cough, cold or bronchitis.

For breathing disorders, it is also possible to diffuse the essence of sage in the environment using a classic or ultrasonic diffuser. As for Candida albicans, sage essence can be added to the intimate cleanser (one drop every 10 milliliters of cleanser) or it is possible to take the essential oil orally under medical supervision.

THEessence of officinal sage taken orally it also has a cholagogue and choleretic action, that is, it stimulates the production and secretion of bile, improving digestive processes.


The thujione present in the essential oil of officinal sage is neurotoxic and abortive, therefore the essence of officinal sage must be used with particular caution, especially for internal use. The essential oil of officinal sage is also contraindicated during pregnancy, in children, in hypertensive people, in epileptics and in case of sensitivity to one of its components.

To use the essential oil of officinal sage externally, it must first be diluted in an essential oil, to the extent of one or two drops every ten milliliters of vegetable oil.
Internal use is only recommended under medical supervision and for short periods of time.

Clary Sage essential oil

Properties and how to use it

The essential oil of clary sage, unlike that of officinal sage, does not contain thujone and its use is almost completely analogous to the use of officinal sage essence.

Also 'clary sage essential oil it is in fact indicated for the treatment of disorders related to period and menopause, such as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, PMS, pain during periods and hot flashes in menopause.

In addition, the essential oil of the clary variety is also indicated in case of circulatory problems and hemorrhoids. To enjoy the benefits of clary sage essential oil simply add a drop of essence to a tablespoon of sweet almond oil and use the oil obtained for local applications in case of hemorrhoids and chilblains, or for massages on the body to promote circulation and on the stomach to soothe cycle-related disorders menstrual.

Clary sage essential oil is also a lot used in the cosmetic field and, thanks to its astringent and sebum-regulating properties, it is especially indicated for oily skin and hair, skin impurities and oily dandruff.

For example, you can add a drop of clary sage essential oil to green clay in the preparation of purifying face masks, or to a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to use as a moisturizer for skin with excess sebum and impurities. Aloe vera gel enriched with clary sage essential oil can also be used to rub the scalp in case of irritation, dandruff or oily hair.

Finally, clary sage essential oil appears to be capable of limit sweating: this, combined with its antibacterial properties, make it an excellent natural ingredient to add to DIY deodorants.

Contraindications essential oil of clary sage

Clary sage essential oil has no particular contraindications, but its use should be avoided in pregnancy and on children, as well as on people allergic to one or more components present in the essence.

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