Sage is one of the oldest recorded medicinal and culinary herbs. Regarded by ancient Egyptians as a fertility drug, it was later applied to bleeding wounds and to clean ulcers and sores, and was taken in juice form to ease hoarseness and cough. It was also used by herbalists to treat rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding and to dry up a mother’s milk when nursing was stopped. The German Commission E has approved the herb’s internal use for mild gastrointestinal upset and excessive sweating, and to apply externally to inflamed mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. Sage helps to strengthen a generally debilitated nervous system.
Sage is also used to infuse ear candles to treat ear discomfort caused by wax build-up, tinnitus, noise in the ears and vertigo, and for relaxation.
The leaves contain phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants. Research has suggested that most of the herb’s therapeutic properties, especially its antiseptic, astringent and relaxing actions, are largely due to its volatile oil content.
Ear candles have a purely physical function. Ear candling is a safe, gentle way to clear excess wax from the ears. A light suction action, or ‘chimney effect’, and the movement of the flame create a vibration of air in the ear candle, creating a feeling of warmth and relaxation.
Ear candles with sage are recommended to relieve:
- Noise in the ears.
- Blocked sensation of ears.
- Excess wax.
- Pressure regulation.
- Discomfort from sinusitis.
- Vertigo caused by blocked ears.