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Sagebrush, Big Essential Oil

Artemesia tridentata

Sagebrush, Big Essential Oil
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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

What Stillpoint "Nose"

Sagebrush Essebtial Oil is a great choice to use in respiratory blends as well as muscular blends.  We have successfully used this essential oil in chest salves and balms, stock blends for diffusers, and aroma sticks (inhalers) for allergies, flu, colds, asthma, rhinitis and other respiratory concerns. We have also used Sagebrush oil up to 10% dilution in salve, balm, oil and crème preparations to help alleviate rheumatic, arthritic as well as muscular and joint pain.  It is a great substitition for other camphor rish oils in all blends.  

Botany

Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)is an evergreen bush that varies in size depending on rainfall and soil conditions. In ideal conditions the plant will reach nine to 10 feet in height, but three to four feet is more common.

The trunk of Sagebrush is thick, woody, and older plants are often covered by a grayish-brown stringy bark. The leaves are wedge shaped and typically have three blunt teeth however sometimes they have four to nine teeth and occasionally are completely lacking teeth. In the fall, the small yellow flowers form in panicles at branch ends. Sagebrush is a prolific seeder.
 
Found in Southern British Columbia, Alberta, South Dakota south to the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, central Arizona and California. In fact, a dozen species of Sagebrush grow in New Mexico’s Pueblo Province.
Energetics

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Sagebrush, Big

In our training in Energetic Medicine the first chakra has to do with survival and living on the planet in a balanced way.  It is the root chakra and the chakra that connects us to Mother Earth. When we have applied one drop of sagebrush essential oil to this chakra, clients have reported an immediate sense of grounding and feeling solid and balanced in their physical body. The third chakra also known as the solar plexus chakra has to do with personal power and respecting oneself. When Sagebrush essential oil has been applied to this chakra, clients have reported a sense of surety and confidence in their point of view or decision. When using the essential oil to enhance their personal power they have felt less anxious when going into what could be a stressful situation.
Lastly, the 7th chakra has to do with our higher information or intuition.  We have successfully used Sagebrush essential oil with clients who are indecisive and have trouble trusting themselves.  When clients have used sagebrush on the crown chakra, they have reported a sense of decisiveness  and trust in their decisions and intuition.
 
We find this essential oil to enhance clarity and clear thinking. It also fosters a sense of expansiveness as well as groundedness.  Expansiveness in the sense of connecting directly to ones intuitive gifts and gut feelings. Groundedness in the sense of being mindful and present in the physical body. We also find this essential oil to be extremely purifying for the auric field as well as effective in space clearing. Space clearing meaning to clear negative or interfering energies and feelings from the room.  The process of using Sagebrush essential oil in a diffuser or room spray for this purpose is similar to that of smudging with various herbs in the Native American tradition.

Traditional Folklore

This plant is multi-faceted. The whole plant is strongly antimicrobial and has been used for ages in first aid, disinfectant and cleansing wash from the prehistoric Anasazis to the present day Paiutes and Oregon farmers. Many people used the smoke of burning leaves or the steam rising from moist Sagebrush on coals to cleanse the air of pestilence and spirits of the dead (Moore, 1989).  
 
The natives of the Southwest (U.S.) have long used Sagebrush in various preparations. How it is prepared really is what defines the usage as seen in the following examples.  Inhaling Sagebrush vapor from a pot of simmering tea is beneficial for pulmonary issues as well as a sore throat. A poultice applied to the back and chest is helpful to speed up recovery from bronchitis and the flu.  Steeped oil can be applied to arthritic joints, sprains and strains to reduce inflammation and pain.  Because the leaves are substantially antibacterial and antifungal, the tea, poultice, powder and steeped oil are all effective for any skin or orifice infections.
 
As a tea, Sagebrush is an aromatic bitter. It is stimulating to hydrochloric acid, pepsinogen, and other gut secretions. This makes the tea beneficial to the body’s digestive process for some people.  In addition, the cold tea is a diuretic and the hot tea is diaphoretic.
Chemistry

Aroma-Chemistry of Sagebrush, Big

Sagebrush essential oil has a substantial conent of keptones in it, . This is worth noting because some ketones, including camphor, are neurotoxic. While most ketones are not neurotoxic, there are a few that are.  Camphor is slightly neurotoxic.  Sage brush has abiout 18% keones that are unidentified. 
 
Ketones are antiviral, beneficial in preventing the formulation of keloid scar tissue, and very effective mucolytics 
 
Let's look at Camphor.
  • Camphor has been used externally for a variety of ailments ranging from respiratory issues to muscular and rheumatic pain.
  • The principle use of camphor is to reduce coughs. Camphor vapors are inhaled as treatment for upper respiratory tract ailments
  • Camphor act as an analgesic . Camphor, in addition to its analgesic action, posesses counter irritant and rubefacient effects. These qualities make essential oils rich in camphor ideal in blends for the relief of fibrositis and neuralgia
  • Camphor exhibits effective antitussive ability 
 
Now 1,8 Cineole
  • 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol, is both an oxide and ether. The name '1,8' refers to the fact that the oxygen atom is bonded to the first and eighth carbon atoms (Super Cool)!
  • 1,8-cineole has a strong affinity with the respiratory system. Cineole is both an expectorant and mucolytic agent.
  • 1,8-cineole also helps relives coughs, helps to open the bronchial tubes (bronchodilator), breaks down mucous (mucolytic). 1,8-cineole has had positive effects on lung function.
  • 1,8-cineole has been shown to increase cerebral blood flow when used in inhalation. This implies a sense of clarity and focus.
Recipes & Blends

Recipes and Blends

Cold and flu crème (approximately 3% dilution)
1 ounce/30 ml Unscented lotion
5 drops Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)
6 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis ct. verbenone)
6 drops Lavender, True (Lavandula angustifolia)   
3 drops Inula (Inula graveolens)
 
Room clearing spray (approximately 1% dilution)
(To help to cleanse the energetic field in a space)
2 ounces/60 ml Spring water or 2 ounces/60 ml White Sage (Salvia apiana) hydrolat
7 drops Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)
5 drops Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa–formerly Chrysothamnus nauseosus)
2 drops Mugwort (Aretemesia herba alba)
 
Muscular relief blend (approximately 1.5% dilution)
2 ounces/60 ml of Trauma Oil*
6 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
5 drops Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)
5  drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
 
Emotional cleanse inhaler
(To assist in sense of well-being and may help to reduce anxiety.)
3 drops Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)
7 drops Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)
2 drops Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)

Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Sagebrush, Big

Please note that the amount of camphor found in Sagebrush is about the same amount of camphor as rosemary camphor chemotype, which has no contraindications in Essential Oil Safety. However, it is worth taking note that camphor is known to cross the skin, mucous membranes, and the placenta barrier.

References

Musacchio, Joy V, and Cynthia E Brownley. “Sagebrush - The New Oil of The Southwest.”International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy.

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