Use Sage As an Excellent Natural Disinfectant and Deodorizer
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Lynn, Nuance
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 the 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 risk. Most deodorizing products have volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can irritate your skin, and tax your respiratory passages and lungs. Electric air fresheners unreasonably consume energy, and aerosol deodorizers pollute the air. These products can also cost you hefty amounts. If you have an asthmatic in the house, you absolutely need to be very careful what chemicals you add, as they can make breathing very difficult for those with vulnerable pulmonary systems.
- 1 Why Sage?
- 2 How to Make a Sage Disinfectant Spray
- 3 How to Make a Sage Deodorizer
- 4 Growing Sage in Containers
- 5 Harvesting and Processing Sage
- 6 Tips and Warnings
- 7 Questions and Answers
- 8 Comments
It's not surprising that many conscious and educated consumers are now leaning towards natural cleaners, disinfectants and deodorizers. Essential oils like sage oil, can help fight household odors, bacteria, mold and viruses. You can add sage essential oil to any of the basic homemade green cleaning blends to deodorize carpets, clean floors, boost laundry, etc.
Natural cleaners, disinfectants and deodorizers are not only inexpensive; they are primarily non-toxic and safe for humans and pets. Sage is so more than a lovely flavouring for 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 sweat odors and heal skin problems at the same time.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is extensively recognized as a culinary herb. Unknown to many, it also has numerous medicinal properties. This is indeed a powerful herb endowed with a variety of medicinal uses. It is an:
- Stimulates Memory.
- Effective Anti-Depressant.
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 woody shrub can grow to a height of about 18-24 inches. The plant has a branched root system. It grows best in the wilds of Europe and the Mediterranean region, but grows just fine in North America. The medicinal properties of sage are derived from the essential oils of the plant in its leaves, young stems and flowers.
Properties and Active Ingredients of Sage
Sage is known to be an effective antiperspirant and deodorant because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and astringent properties. Aside from these, sage is also a medicinal herb that is attributed to its other properties, such as anticancer, analgesic (pain reliever), depurative (purifying and detoxifying), nervine (sedative - calms the nerves) and emmenagogue (stimulates menstruation).
How to Make a Sage Disinfectant Spray
What makes sage an excellent natural disinfectant and odor eliminator? Sage extracts are known to contain the volatile essential oils - thujone, borneol, cineole, linalool, pinene, and camphor, that work to eliminate odor-causing microbes while adding their own characteristic aroma. Sage has also been shown to contain flavonoids, estrogenic substances, phenolic acids, salvin and carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid, and tannin.
Supplies and Materials
- Fresh sage
- Saucepan with lid
- Spray bottle
- Strainer or cheesecloth.
- 1Wash 20 or 30 sage leaves with cold water.
- 3Add enough water to the pan to fill the bottle. Water is also another ingredient that can affect the concentration. If you want a stronger disinfectant, make sure to use less water and more sage. On the other hand, if you want a weaker disinfectant, make sure to use more water.Heat the water in the saucepan.
- 4Add the chopped sage to the boiling water.
- 5Boil for ten minutes.
- 8This 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 will remind you the possible sources of chemical reactions and interactions.To avoid contamination, labeling the bottles is a must.
How to Make a Sage Deodorizer
Sage is powerful enough to vaporize germs in a room, while keeping the air fresh. You can use this in your home by preparing a sage deodorizer spray. Here's how you can make it.
Supplies and Materials
- Cajeput Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Sage Essential Oil
- Clean, empty spray bottle
Making this deodorizer is very easy. 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.
- 1Add 10 drops of each essential oil to a clean, empty spray bottle.
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 will offer the plant shelter 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 with other flower-bearing plants. To have a steady supply of this wonderful herb, you can grow your own. Here's how to:
- 1You 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.Prepare the pots; fill them with standard soli-based potting mix.
- 2It will be doubly hard to start a garden using seeds, especially if you are a beginner.Plant the rooted cuttings from a cultivar you like or from those you can buy from commercial gardens into the ready pots.
- 3Try 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.Keep the soil moist but not excessively so.
- 4If you like to keep them organic for your culinary needs, ask the garden supply store for a recommendation or use your own compost.Apply a balanced fertilizer at least once a month.
- 5Pruning or trimming back the plants is recommended once the flowers start to appear to prevent them from becoming too woody and unmanageable.To promote vigorous foliage, harvest as often as possible.
- 6Take 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.Take them outdoors during spring and summer.
- 7Protect them against infestation such as slugs, spider mites and fungal diseases common to roots.
- 8Mulch with leaves or straw especially during winter.
Harvesting and Processing Sage
- 1Pick the young leaves at the shoots of the plant. Always get near the tops of the plants.What to harvest.
- 2The best time to harvest is before the plant starts producing flowers. When any plant is producing flowers, the energy of the plant is focused on the flowers, rather than the leaves.When to harvest the leaves.
- 3Pick the leaves just after the dew has dried up, or in the late afternoon. In the afternoon, too much of the essential oils will have been burned up from the sun.What time of day to harvest the leaves.
- 4Tie the shoots in tiny bunches. Hang them in a warm area away from direct sunlight, but with some airflow so they will 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.Drying the leaves.
- 5If 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 sprigs of leaves.
- Freezing in ice cubes. You can also freeze the chopped leaves in small ice cubes.
Tips and Warnings
There are a few side effects to watch out for if sage is 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 a 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.
- Freezing is a great option compared to drying, as it retains the fresh flavor of sage and it's faster than drying
- 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
Is there a good time for not cleaning with sage?
Just brought a sage smudge stick. Is there a ideal time for cleansing and a time that it would be worth not using the sage for cleansing. I understand that I can burn it and make the place smell of sage at any time, but is there an ideal time? I have tried: Reading about clearing negative energy. I think it was caused by: Not sure of the changing affects of interfering with negative and positive energy. I know it seams nice to get rid of some of the problems, but not sure about Energy change because even though aspects might not be nice, the energy that created them was definitely an output from somewhere that was a positive field with bad information does that mean it is a positive or negative energy.
Just make sure you are in the right frame of mind. Before you use sage to 'cleanse the house', use it on yourself by smudging with it.