Use Sage As an Excellent Natural Disinfectant and Deodorizer

Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Lynn

A freshly scented bedroom, closet or bathroom is a sign of a clean, healthy home. Commercial household cleaners chiefly made up of chemicals abound in the supermarkets and choices are endless. But these can emit hazardous fumes or are made up of toxic substances that can put you, your family and the environment at great risks. Most deodorizing products have volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can irritate your skin, respiratory passages and lungs. Electric air fresheners unreasonably consume energy, and aerosol deodorizers pollute the air. These products can also cost you hefty amounts.

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It is therefore not surprising that many conscious and educated consumers are now leaning towards natural cleaners, disinfectants and deodorizers. Essential oils like sage can help fight household odors, bacteria, mold and viruses. You can add sage essential oils to any of the basic homemade green cleaning blends to deodorize carpets, clean floors, boost laundry, etc.

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Natural cleaners, disinfectants and deodorizers are not only inexpensive; they are primarily non-toxic and safe to humans and pets. Sage is more than a poultry stuffing. It has properties that make it an effective odor eliminator and disinfectant. What makes it a good herb for personal hygiene is the fact that it can dry perspiration, disinfect and remove odor of the sweaty body parts safely and heal skin problems at the same time.

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Sage facts

Sage is extensively recognized as a culinary herb. Unknown to many, it also has numerous medicinal properties - it is anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial. It is similarly known to be an effective memory booster and antidepressant. This is indeed a powerful herb endowed with a variety of medicinal uses.

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This valuable aromatic spice, which renders a lot of culinary delights tasty, is an evergreen perennial that is recognized by its light green-gray oblong leaves and lavender blooms. This wooden shrub can grow to a height of about 18-24 inches. The plant has a branched root system. It grows best in the wilds in Europe and the Mediterranean region. The medicinal properties of sage are derived from the essential oils of the plant in its leaves, young stems and flowers.

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Properties and active ingredients of sage

Sage is known to be an effective antiperspirant and deodorant because of its properties such as antibacterial, antifungal, and astringent. Aside from these, sage is also a medicinal herb that is attributed to its other properties, such as anticancer, analgesic, depurative, nervine, and emmenagogue.

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What makes sage an excellent natural disinfectant and odor eliminator? Sage extracts are known to contain volatile essential oils - thujone, borneol, cineole, linalool, pinene, and camphor �" that can eliminate odor-causing microbes while adding their own characteristic aroma. It has also been shown to contain flavonoids, estrogenic substances, phenolic acids, salvin and carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid, and tannin.

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How to make a sage disinfectant spray

Supplies and materials:

  • Fresh sage
  • Water
  • Pan with lid
  • Spray bottle
  1. 1
    Cut the sage.
    Always remember that the more sage you use, the more powerful the disinfectant is going to be. The amount of sage to be used determines the concentration of the product.
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  2. 2
    Add water into the pan.
    Water is also another ingredient that can affect the concentration. If you want a stronger disinfectant, make sure to use lesser water and more sage. On the other hand, if you want a weaker disinfectant, make sure to use more water.
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  3. 3
    You have the option to wash the sage first.
    If you decide to wash it first, after doing so pour the water, turn on the heat and let it simmer.
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  4. 4
    After a few minutes of boiling, let it cool.
    You can skip this step. Cut corners by putting the spray bottle inside the fridge. If you are not in a hurry, however, it is still better to let it cool before transferring it into the spray bottle.
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  5. 5
    When transferring the liquid into the spray bottle, make sure to use cheesecloth or any kind of fine-mesh cloth to filter the liquid as there may be dirt and other contaminants that stayed despite the washing.
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  6. 6
    To avoid contamination, labeling the bottles is a must.
    This helps you remember what used to be inside the bottles. This is important because there can be chemical reactions between what used to be inside the bottles and the new content or herbal preparation. The label can remind you the possible sources of chemical reactions and interactions.
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How to make sage deodorizer

Sage is powerful enough to vaporize germs in a room while keeping the air fresh air. You can use this in your home by preparing a sage deodorizer spray. Here's how you can make one.

For this recipe, you will need:

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  • Cajeput Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lemon
  • Sage

Making this deodorizer is very easy. All that you have to do is mix all the ingredients and put it in a spray bottle. This recipe helps in avoiding a number of illnesses such as sinus-related issues, congestion and bronchitis as the air is purified and deodorized at the same time.

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Growing sage in containers

Although sage grows best in the wild, it can be cultivated anywhere. If you want to grow sage in a container, it is important to know its preferred ecology. Sage grows best in well-drained clay loam soil that is nitrogen-rich and preferably near a wall that shelter them against harsh winter elements. They can tolerate a pH range of 4.9 to 8.2. They love bright and open sunlight, but can also tolerate some shade. Do not overwater sage or its growth will be stunted.

Edible sage makes wonderful ornamental plant with its beautiful and fragrant blooms. Take advantage of this fact by planting it in containers along with other flower-bearing plants. To have a steady supply of this wonderful herb, you can grow your own. Here's how to:

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  1. 1
    Prepare the pots; fill them with standard soli-based potting mix.
    You can get the potting materials from a commercial store. Choose individual containers with about 12-inch diameter or on a bigger pot if you are planning to do companion planting.
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  2. 2
    Plant the rooted cuttings from a cultivar you like or from those you can buy from commercial gardens into the ready pots.
    It will be doubly hard to start a garden using seeds especially if you are a beginner.
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  3. 3
    Keep the soil moist but not excessively so.
    Try to feel the soil for its moisture. In fact, it is even better if the soil is a bit dry, but again not excessively so. Never let the soil to dry out completely.
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  4. 4
    Apply a balanced fertilizer at least once a month.
    If you like to keep them organic for your culinary needs, ask the garden supply store for what they can recommend or you learn to make your own compost.
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  5. 5
    To promote vigorous foliage, make the effort to harvest as often as possible.
    Pruning or trimming back the plants is recommended once the flowers start to appear to prevent them from becoming too woody and unmanageable.
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  6. 6
    Take them outdoors during spring and summer.
    Take them indoors when the cold months start. While indoors, make sure that they get some sunlight even with cool temperatures. If you have the tropical variety, they can be grown indoors year-round with just six hours natural sunlight or 12 hours artificial light.
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  7. 7
    Ensure to protect them against infestation such as slugs, spider mites and fungal diseases common to roots; mulch with leaves or straw especially during winter.
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Harvesting and processing sage

  • What to harvest. Pick the young leaves at the shoots of the plant. Always get near the tops of the plants. The best time to harvest is before the plant starts producing flowers.
  • Drying the leaves. Tie the shoots in tiny bunches. Hang them in a warm area so they can dry faster. Take note that sage leaves are thick and may take a longer time to completely dry. After drying, crush the leaves and keep in airtight containers for later use.
  • Freezing sprigs of leaves. If you are running out of time, freeze the leaves on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, these can again be stored in airtight freezer bags for future use.
  • Freezing in ice cubes. You can also freeze the leaves in small ice cubes.

Tips and Warnings

  • There are a few side effects to watch out for if sage has to be ingested as a treatment for certain ailments.
  • As a disinfectant or odor eliminator, people sensitive to its active ingredients (like thujone) may manifest some adverse reactions such as dermatitis. It is in fact advised not to use its essential oil unless it has been sufficiently diluted by carrier oil.
  • Pregnant women and nursing moms are especially advised to avoid exposure to sage extracts for medicinal purposes. It can unduly induce early labor and dry up breast milk, respectively.
  • Freezing is a great option compared to drying, as it retains the fresh flavor of sage and it can be done faster.
  • Never harvest sage leaves during early fall, to allow the plants to have the necessary reserves to make it through the winter.

Questions and Answers

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