Salvia officinalis, or common sage, is a medicinal plant originating from the Mediterranean. This evergreen shrub can reach a height of up to 60 cm and has narrow, gray-green leaves with fine hairs. Blue-purple or purple-pink flowers bloom at the top of the stem. Common sage is known for its distinctive aroma and is often used in the kitchen as an aromatic herb for flavoring dishes such as sauces, meat dishes, braised vegetables, and more.
In addition to its use as a spice, common sage has a long history in traditional medicine due to its healing properties. It contains many bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, diterpenoids, and essential oils, which give sage its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antioxidant effects.
In traditional medicine, common sage is used to support digestion and relieve digestive issues such as bloating, heartburn, and abdominal pain. Sage leaf tea is also used to treat respiratory diseases such as cough, colds, and sore throats, as inhaling sage vapor helps open the airways and reduce inflammation. Sage also contains antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage and promote overall health.
Information about essential sage oil:
- Properties - It has a distinctive, characteristic scent. It is aromatic and spicy with a touch of freshness. Colorless to light yellow liquid.
- Healing properties - It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. It is also known for its invigorating and relaxing effect.
- Digestive support - Sage oil is traditionally used to support digestion. It can help reduce bloating, calm the digestive tract, and promote the secretion of gastric juices.
- Oral cavity infection treatment - It has antiseptic properties and can be used to treat oral cavity infections such as mouth ulcers, sore throats, post-tooth extraction, and gum inflammation. It can also help reduce bad breath.
- Menstrual problems - Some women use sage oil to relieve menstrual issues such as painful menstruation and heavy bleeding. It has antispasmodic and hormone-regulating effects.
Extraction process: Steam distillation
Country of origin: Albania
Massage: 1-3 drops in 10 ml of carrier oil
Bath: 2-4 drops in a bathtub of warm water
Diffuser: 2-5 drops in 100 ml of water
Inhalation: 1-2 drops in a bowl of hot water
Using common sage should be done with caution. Excessive use or sensitivity in some individuals can lead to adverse effects such as stomach problems or allergic reactions. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using sage as it may affect hormonal balance.
Essential sage oil is highly concentrated and potent. When applying it to the skin, it's recommended to dilute it with a suitable carrier oil. Before applying it to the skin, it's important to perform an allergy test and avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.
The internal use of essential oils should only be done under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist or medical professional. Not all essential oils are safe for internal use, and specific dosages should be followed.
Why choose oil from Albanian mountains?
Essential oils from wild mountain herbs have several advantages over conventionally grown oils. Here are some of the main reasons why they are exceptional:
- Stronger chemical composition - wild herbs are exposed to various influences such as extreme temperatures, windy conditions, high altitudes, and consumption by animals. These conditions stimulate the production of essential oils and increase the concentration of active substances, making them more potent and effective.
- Absence of pesticides and chemicals - wild-growing herbs have no contact with pesticides or chemicals often used in conventional cultivation. This means that the oils from these herbs are naturally pure and free from unwanted substances.
- Hand harvesting - due to the inaccessibility of the mountains, harvesting is done manually, which means more care and attention is given to individual plants. This allows the selection of the best plants and their harvest at the optimal time, positively impacting the quality of the oils.
- Unique aroma and composition - plants growing in the mountains often have specific environmental conditions that affect their aroma and chemical composition. Oils from wild mountain herbs have a unique and authentic character that cannot be fully reproduced in conventionally grown variants.
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