Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulifolia) is a small evergreen shrub that’s grown in the cool mountain air of Spain and France for centuries. It’s refreshing aroma creates a stimulating atmosphere, and it supports a calm mind and sense of alertness when used internally.
Spanish Sage was first announced during the 2022 convention. If you were at convention or ordered a convention kit than you may be wondering how to use it or what to do with it. I know mine sat in the box for a few months before I really worked out how to use it. In this article I will be sharing my favorite ways to use Spanish Sage as well as its benefits, uses, and how it is sourced. If you don’t already have your hands on this exceptional oil, it is predicted to be released in March 2023.
Spanish Sage has a very herby aroma - it doesn't quite smell like a dried sage or even the kind that you cook with it. If Eucalyptus and Rosemary had a baby, I think it would smell like Spanish Sage. The aroma has the brightness of Eucalyptus, but the herby smell of Rosemary.
- Supports a calm mind and sense of alertness when taken internally
- Provides an uplifting, soothing aroma
- Promotes a positive atmosphere that may be conducive to focus and concentration
- Helps create an environment that’s supportive of memory and cognitive performance when diffused
I have found that I like using Spanish Sage to clear physical space. You may have heard the phrase “saging yourself/space.” In traditional practices you would burn sage to clear a physical space, but I think Spanish Sage works much in the same way when you diffuse it in a space. You could also add it to a spray bottle to use in your car, your office, or while traveling.
My home started to feel heavy this month after clearing out the Christmas decorations and the beautiful lights. It felt like all the warmth that the Christmas season brough was gone. Diffusing Spanish Sage has really helped to lift some of that heaviness. I have really enjoyed diffusing it with Grapefruit and Wild Orange. The citrus oils help to elevate the mood and the Spanish Sage has made our home feel lighter.
- Try using Spanish Sage with your dry brushing routine
- Perfect to diffuse before yoga, meditation, or before homework
- Helps create an environment that’s supportive of memory and cognitive support
- In addition to the aromatic benefits, it can be used topically as well (perfect for head tension)
- Mix with Aromatouch for your next massage
- Massage it into your scalp when you shampoo your hair for luscious locks
- Add to the diffuser of your choice when studying or intensely focusing
- Take with water before an important test or presentation
- Dilute with a carrier oil or cream to enhance a deep-tissue massage
When Spanish Sage was first shared with us at convention, I think the benefit of mental clarity was the most popular. Spanish Sage is amazing for clearing out mental cobwebs. Anytime you are feeling mentally stagnant get this oil on your body or diffuse it. You will find some diffuser blends at the end of this article, but I think Spanish Sage and Peppermint would be really invigorating for the mind. You could also try Rosemary and Spanish Sage.
Spanish Sage has supplemental facts on the bottle, which in doTERRA world means it is safe to use internally. It does not have the constituents that are harmful and found in common sage when you have it in large amounts. So put a drop under your tongue or add it to a veggie capsule and take it internally for mental clarity.
DIY Ideas Using Spanish Sage
Sage does not disappoint when using with bath salts. Just add a cup of unscented Epsom salt to your bath and about 3 drops of Spanish Sage and enjoy the spa like experience.
Spanish Sage has camphor and some other constituents in it that help to relieve muscle tension. When I used this in a bath recently, my muscles kind of melted and it was a dreamy experience.
If you are experiencing neck or head tension, you can apply a few drops of Spanish Sage to your temples or massage into your neck muscles. I think the next time I get a massage I'm going to bring my Spanish Sage and Aroma Touch oil. The Aroma Touch oil is great for tension too. It's the massage blend and it helps to loosen up tight muscles. Camphor and 1,8-Cineole—the primary chemical constituents in Spanish Sage—make the essential oil an ideal addition to a post sports or deep-tissue massage.
Sugar scrubs are super easy to make. You will need about 1 cup of fine sugar, half a cup of fractionated coconut oil, and mix it until it's slushy. Then add about 12 drops of essential oil. When I made a sugar scrub using Spanish Sage, I added 6 drops of Lavender and 6 of the Spanish Sage.
Add a drop of Spanish Sage to a squirt of your shampoo and massage it into your scalp – this will help with hair health. I have mentioned in previous articles that Rosemary essential oil added to your shampoo is good for stimulating hair growth. So now I keep a bottle of Spanish Sage in my shower and on hair washing days I add a drop of Rosemary and a drop of Spanish Sage to my shampoo before washing my hair. Imagine using this in your shampoo first thing in the morning and really starting your day off with a clear mind.
Add Spanish Sage to your homemade soap. I think the aroma of Spanish Sage would lend itself nicely to a soap and as with using it in your shampoo, I think using Spanish Sage scented soap would be very invigorating in the morning to clear out those mental cobwebs. If you have never made your own soap before, it is super simple – read: 5 Minute Lavender Oatmeal Soapto learn how. Just swap out the essential oils in this recipe for Spanish Sage. You could even keep the Lavender and just add Spanish Sage.
Want kissable soft lips or a fun DIY project to do with friends? Try making my super simple lip balm recipe using and Spanish Sage. You can whip up these lip balms in around 10 minutes and they will leave your lips feeling soft and slightly silky. To get my lip balm recipe read:DIY Lip Balm Recipe with SuperMint Essential Oil. Swap out the Supermint Essential Oil for Spanish Sage.
Holistic Uses for Spanish Sage
Add Spanish Sage to your dry brushing routine.
Dry brushing is a type of Ayurvedic medicine. This type of medicine was started in India and has been around for over 3000 years. The premise of Ayurvedic medicine is that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Dry brushing is the practice of using a brush with coarse, natural fiber bristles and gently brushing over the entirety of the body in a particular pattern.
There are many benefits to dry brushing one of those benefits is the removal of dead skin and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins through the pores.
One of the bigger benefits is stimulating the lymphatic system. When sick or exposed to a lot of toxins the lymph nodes may become clogged and backed up. Since the lymph nodes filter out the toxins from the body, when they are clogged it can length the amount of time toxins are in the body.
Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system by opening up the pores and allowing the body to sweat out the toxins.
When I worked at the clinic as an occupational therapist, we would often do massages that were specific to lymphatic drainage to help people start to eliminate toxins in the body.
When dry brushing you will start with your feet, making small circle with the brush, and slowly moving upwards towards your heart.
To learn more about dry brushing with essential oils read: The Benefits of Dry Brushing Skin | Essential Oils for Dry Brushing
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
As mentioned Spanish Sage is great for calming the mind and body. You can use Spanish Sage with a tapping technique called Emotional Freedom Technique (I am not an expert on this technique, so I recommend doing some research to learn how to do it if you are unfamiliar with it). I think using Spanish Sage in conjunction with this technique would enhance the benefits of both.
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Salvia lavandulifolia, or Spanish Sage, thrives in the cool air of its native southern Spain’s hills and mountains and similar regions along the Mediterranean.
Only about 5% of doTERRA Spanish Sage is wild harvested—most of it is grown and cultivated. The seedlings are planted about 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level in the hills and mountains in southern Spain. This perennial plant requires so little water that no irrigation is needed.
Each year’s harvest is in August but can continue through November if necessary. Due to the topography of the region, all harvesting is done manually using a hand sickle. A farmer will distill their Spanish Sage the same day he or she harvests it using a local still in their area. The plant material is steam distilled for approximately three to four hours to produce Spanish Sage essential oil.
When diffused, the oil may create a stimulating atmosphere supportive of memory and cognitive performance training. When taken internally, Spanish Sage supports a calm mind and sense of alertness.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your essential oils. This is how you learn what works best for you in various situations. Diffusing is one of the best ways to try out essential oil pairings without wasting a lot of the oil. It is also a good way to test if you are drawn to the aroma of Spanish Sage. You don’t want to mix Spanish Sage with your shampoo if you don’t like the smell. If you already have Spanish Sage start experimenting with it and if you don’t have it already be on the lookout for it in March 2023. I think you will love having it in your essential oil collection.
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REPORTED BENEFITS AND USES
For soothing anxiety, tension and stress, Spanish Sage Oil is very calming, eases tense painful muscles, relieves muscular spasms, and can be effective in reducing pain associated with tension headaches.
Spanish Sage may look like Dwarf Garden Sage but the flavor is totally different. Spanish Sage is missing most of the camphor flavor found in normal Slavia officinalis. We like it better for making tea. However, you can use Spanish Sage in any recipe calling for Garden Sage.Can sage oil be applied directly to skin? ›
Using Sage Oil
Please don't apply essential oils straight onto your skin! Instead, dilute around five to six drops of sage essential oil into an ounce of carrier oil for the perfect massage oil. As specified in its benefits, sage oil can be inhaled for a quick, soothing effect at home or on the go.
Massage gently around the abdomen area, including the hips, pelvis and lower back. This blend can also be rubbed into your feet and palms. Use a combination of these techniques during labour to increase effectiveness. Other essential oils that work well with clary sage oil for massage include rose, neroli and lavender.Does sage oil raise blood pressure? ›
Clary sage oil increases your blood circulation
As a result, it is also a great thing to use to lower your blood pressure. Women who suffer from urinary incontinence can also benefit from this oil as it lowers the blood pressure for them as well and also induces relaxation.
Spanish Sage, a subspecies of Salvia officinalis, grows predominately in Spain and southern France. Spanish Sage is a powerful essential oil and beautifully aromatic. Intensely herbaceous in aroma yet highlighted by a soft Lavender aroma for the best of Sage and Lavender all in one; is known also as Lavender Sage.What are 5 benefits of using sage internally? ›
- High in Several Nutrients. ...
- Loaded With Antioxidants. ...
- May Support Oral Health. ...
- May Ease Menopause Symptoms. ...
- May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels. ...
- May Support Memory and Brain Health. ...
- May Lower 'Bad' LDL Cholesterol. ...
- May Protect Against Certain Cancers.
For a long time, sage (Salvia) species have been used in traditional medicine for the relief of pain, protecting the body against oxidative stress, free radical damages, angiogenesis, inflammation, bacterial and virus infection, etc., Several studies suggest that sage species can be considered for drug development ...What is the best medicinal sage? ›
The Red Sage and the Broad-leaved variety of the White (or Green) Sage - both of which are used and have been proved to be the best for medical purposes - and the narrow-leaved White Sage, which is best for culinary purposes as a seasoning, are classed merely as varieties of Salvza officinalis, not as separate species.Is sage good for wrinkles? ›
Used cosmetically or topically in general, Sage Essential Oil makes an ideal ingredient in skin care products intended to slow and inhibit the appearance of signs of aging, as its antioxidant property addresses wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and muscles, and the disintegration of tissues.
Clary sage essential oil
Clary sage oil contains the same linalyl acetate that helps make lavender oil so effective in increasing hair growth. It can improve hair strength, in addition to increasing hair growth, making hair more difficult to break.
To stimulate your hair to growth faster: Sage is used effectively to improve circulation to the scalp, providing more nutrition to the hair follicles and encouraging new hair growth. A weekly application of sage tea is suggested to revitalize dry and thinning hair and add thickness.Is sage oil good for arthritis? ›
Used together, these 11 essential oils for arthritis can offer powerful relief from pain, anxiety, and fatigue that often accompany this condition. The best essential oils for arthritis include: Clary sage.Is sage oil good for the brain? ›
Sage extract has been shown to have remarkable cognitive-enhancing properties in several studies. How does sage support cognition? It turns out that supplementing with sage extract has a massive impact on multiple pathways that support brain health and performance.What blends well with sage essential oil? ›
Sage's warm and herbal scent presents a middle fragrance note that pairs well with other essential oils such as Lavender, Basil, Lemon, Nutmeg, Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Melissa, and Jasmine.Which essential oils should you not use with high blood pressure? ›
Hyssop essential oil should be avoided, as it has isopinocamphones, which are known to raise blood pressure. It would also make sense for people with high blood pressure to avoid stimulating essential oils, such as rosemary and citrus (lemon and grapefruit) oils.What essential oil brings blood pressure down? ›
Lavender alleviates cardiac excitation, lowers BP, and is effective in hypertension and palpitations. Ylang-ylang lowers BP, alleviates palpitations and nervous system excitation, and promotes emotional relaxation .Is sage good for blood circulation? ›
Proper circulation is key for maintaining optimal health. It ensures that blood and oxygen continuously flow throughout the body, allowing every organ to function properly. It helps to heal wounds faster, it keeps your brain sharp, it keeps your heart healthy, and it even gives your complexion a natural flush.Is clary sage the same as Spanish Sage? ›
It is a middle-note oil with a beautiful fresh camphorous, herbaceous aroma with woody undertones and a subtle hint of Lavender. It should not be confused with Dalmation Sage (Salvia officinalis) or Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea). Spanish Lavender Sage is a great multi-disciplinary aromatherapy oil.Does sage reduce inflammation? ›
Sage tea is particularly high in rosmarinic acid. Animal and test-tube studies have shown that this antioxidant provides numerous benefits, such as decreased inflammation and blood sugar levels ( 3 , 4 ). While inflammation is a natural bodily response, chronic inflammation can increase your risk of illness.
Oral: Add around 1 to 2 drops of 100 percent essential oil to tea, smoothies, or food for a soothing effect, and to help reduce inflammation in the gums.What symptoms does sage treat? ›
Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease.What are disadvantages of sage? ›
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Burning sage is is a powerful ritual
The ritual of sage burning has its roots in Native American tradition. Today, people burn sage and other holy herbs to cleanse a space or environment of negative energy, to generate wisdom and clarity, and to promote healing.
"Sage is an expectorant which helps expel mucous from the respiratory track, according to Ayurvedic practitioner Vikrama, writing at drvikrama's friendly holistic herbalist. Sage tea is effective even in the severe case of hemoptysis, or hemorrhaging from the lungs brought on by respiratory infection, Dr.Does sage interact with any medications? ›
Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with SAGE
Sage might cause sleepiness and slowed breathing. Some medications, called sedatives, can also cause sleepiness and slowed breathing. Taking sage with sedative medications might cause breathing problems and/or too much sleepiness.
It has been reported that sage exerts a range of therapeutic activities including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant effects (13–15).Does sage increase estrogen levels? ›
Phytoestrogens foods such as sage, consumed regularly each day, can have an anti-estrogen effect and result in an improvement of perimenopause symptoms.Which oil is best for face anti aging? ›
- Argan oil. Perhaps the ultimate wrinkle-fighting oil. ...
- Sweet Almond oil helps to soften facial lines, and has a soft texture that gives a velvety finish to the skin. ...
- Rose Hip oil. ...
- Evening Primrose oil. ...
- Borage oil.
- Clary sage. ...
- Pomegranate. ...
- Lavender. ...
- Carrot seed. ...
- Ylang-ylang. ...
- Rosemary. ...
- Frankincense. ...
- Rose. Studies suggest that rose oil may have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Tea Tree.
"Castor oil is one of the few oils that I have found actually works," says Gillen. "It can penetrate all the way down into the hair follicle while other oils may penetrate slightly but won't reach the inside of the follicle." Gillen also adds that you must apply castor oil directly on the scalp or skin.Which essential oil grows hair fast? ›
Cedarwood oil stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth. Chamomile oil adds shine and softness to hair, and soothes the scalp. Clary sage oil promotes hair growth and stimulates the scalp.What oil promotes the most hair growth? ›
- Castor oil. The best oil for hair growth should be rich in vitamin E, proteins and minerals to work its wonders on your hair. ...
- Tea tree oil. Another effective hair growth oil is tea tree oil thanks to its antimicrobial and cleansing properties. ...
- Bringharaj oil. ...
- Onion oil. ...
- Coconut oil. ...
- Argan oil. ...
- Olive oil. ...
- Rosemary oil.
Brahmi. Named 'Brahmi', after the God Brahman, this Ayurvedic herb has several redeeming qualities for hair health. Scientifically known as 'bacopa monnieri', Brahmi is used as an oil or as a paste applied onto the scalp and hair to prevent hair loss and to make hair thicker and healthier.Which herb grows hair the fastest? ›
- Gingko Biloba. This herb is known to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation. ...
- Rosemary. Often used as an oil, either combined with olive oil or by itself, this herb can help with circulation to aid in growth. ...
- Peppermint. ...
- Aloe Vera. ...
- Horsetail. ...
- Lavender. ...
- Burdock. ...
- Stinging Nettle.
Sage contains flavonoids -- plant compounds that have medicinal properties. Some of these compounds appear to improve brain health and guard against diseases like Alzheimer's. In one study of mice, sage extract improved memory. In other animal studies, sage helped against depression and anxiety.Can sage be used for healing? ›
Sage (Salvia) is used as a spice and also as a way to improve health in traditional medicine. Sage has a long history of use in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine, as well as in Native American healing traditions. Dried sage is burned as a way to heal, protect, increase wisdom, and boost defense against disease.What are the medicinal benefits of sage? ›
For a long time, sage (Salvia) species have been used in traditional medicine for the relief of pain, protecting the body against oxidative stress, free radical damages, angiogenesis, inflammation, bacterial and virus infection, etc., Several studies suggest that sage species can be considered for drug development ...Can you mix frankincense and clary sage? ›
Frankincense essential oil blends well with a variety of other essential oils. Try combining it with lavender, orange, grapefruit, sandalwood, cedarwood, neroli, lemon, geranium, rose, ylang ylang or clary sage oils.
While their names would suggest they are similar, Sage essential oil and Clary Sage carry significant differences – so we like to think of them more like 'second cousins' than 'siblings' within the oil world. While Sage is strong, spicy, and clarifying, Clary Sage is gentle and soothing with a sweet, floral fragrance.What is clary sage best used for? ›
Clary sage is used for upset stomach and other digestive disorders, kidney diseases, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), symptoms of menopause, anxiety, stress, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.