10 Sage Uses For DIY Projects And Sage Recipes Outside The Kitchen
Discover ten sage uses for herbal DIY projects from your herb garden. Get inspired with these unique ways to use sage in beautiful sage recipes outside the kitchen.
It’s no secret, I have a love for herbs. Over the years, I’ve grown a variety of herbs to use in my recipes and DIY projects. There’s just something about bringing the herb garden to life in our home.
Sage is one of the herbs I enjoy growing. It’s a hardy herb with sturdy roots, stems, and fuzzy long leaves. Unlike other green herbs such as basil and cilantro that have fragile leaves and require more care to thrive.
I value its sturdiness almost as much as I value its intense aroma. A little goes a long way when it comes to this aromatic herb.
Dried or fresh, we use herbs every day in our home. And not just in the kitchen. Did you know herbs including sage are fantastic for hair care and cleaning too? Yes, you officially have the right to use sage outside of Thanksgiving dishes!
So, if you’re stuck on what can you do with sage apart from favorite holiday meals, you’ll be happy to discover these ten sage uses for herbal DIY projects.
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Where Does Sage Grow Best?
The hardiness of sage makes it one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden. Although, it does well in both soil and pots. Sage is a perennial member of the mint family, known as Salvia Officinalis, and grows well in zones four through eight. Who doesn’t love plants that grow back each spring?
Many gardeners would agree sage can thrive almost anywhere. Likely due to its ability to handle really hot temperatures, direct sunlight, and dry soil. Meaning this herb is extremely drought tolerant! That must be why it loves growing here in the sunny, hot Texas climate.
The aroma is quite wonderful and its leaves are uniquely soft and fuzzy. If you’re not already growing this herb, perhaps it’s time to give it a try!
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What Is Sage Most Commonly Used For?
Sage is particularly used in holiday recipes for turkey, stuffing, brine, and sauce. And it most commonly is used as ground sage instead of whole.
What is sage best used for outside of the kitchen? It turns out sage is very useful outside of food recipes. In fact, it contains many benefits, most are not familiar with.
- anti-inflammatory attributes
- odor eliminator
- antimicrobial properties
- stress reducer
- astringent qualities
- antiseptic abilities
- insecticidal bug repellent
If you are wondering what to do with sage, know this – no matter if you use fresh or dried sage leaves, or sage essential oil each can contain these impressive benefits.
Sage is a fantastic herb to use for many things, and I am happy to get you started!
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What Can You Do With Sage?
Discover these ten sage uses for DIY projects from your herb garden. Get inspired with unique ways to use sage in sage recipes outside the kitchen. Use sage to eliminate odors, cleanse the skin, stimulate hair growth, make candles, and more.
10 Ways to Use Sage
1. Herbal Room Spray
Herbal room sprays are one of the best ways to get the freshness of the garden inside to enjoy sage long after the growing season. They are not only beautiful, but each natural room spray recipe is also functional.
You can eliminate odor, de-stress, welcome guests, or softly fall asleep with an herbal room spray! Read how to make a room spray stronger so it lasts longer, and make this list of five DIY herbal room sprays to enjoy in your home.
2. Cleansing Sage and Aloe Clear Soap Bar Recipe
This clear soap bar recipe is as cleansing as it is invigorating, infused with sage and aloe for a clean pleasant scent. Encompassing whole dried sage leaves in the clear soap base, with an infusion of cleansing sage essential oil and real aloe vera for a retreat from the desert sun. These soap bars are a beautiful use of sage.
3. Floating Mosquito Repellent Candles DIY
From their simplicity to make, all-natural ingredients, and just plain prettiness these floating mosquito repellent candles are the just thing you need when the summer season returns and mosquitoes strike again!
You’ll enjoy the tart lemon, minty, yet freshly herbal scent of rosemary, sage, and spearmint. They not only work to repel insects, but make a gorgeous centerpiece of floating lemon slices, rosemary sprigs, and candlelight!
4. Clary Sage Hair Mask Recipe
Did you know you can use sage for hair care? Discover the benefits of clary sage essential oil as well as how to make three easy clary sage recipes for hair care.
Start with this natural hair care recipe for a homemade hair mask. It stimulates hair growth for thicker and stronger hair and deep conditions to help reduce flaking and itching from dandruff and dry skin on your scalp.
5. Gardener’s Deep Clean Exfoliating Handmade Soap Recipe
One of my favorite places to be is tending the garden. Getting my hands into the dirt starting seedlings, planting, and weeding. Even though I often wear gloves, dirt can sneak up under my fingernails.
So, I was happy to find this handmade soap recipe perfect for gardeners who get their hands dirty. It includes pumice as an exfoliant and sage for its antimicrobial properties and a lovely dark green color.
6. DIY Sage Smudge Stick
Sage has been used for centuries by the Native Americans for healing, meditation, protection, and relaxation. Sure, the first time you go around the house with a burning smudge stick you may cause a few eyebrows to raise. But this easy, all-natural, and ancient tool to purify the air is a great way to “recharge” your space this month.
And the sage sticks also offer a calming herbal scent that is all-natural, uplifting, and utterly intoxicating. You can make your own DIY sage smudge stick with these instructions using bundles of both dried and fresh herbs and flowers.
7. Apple Sage DIY Scented Candles
This combination of luscious crisp apple and herbal sage is easily my favorite homemade scented candle fragrance I’ve created. The bright positive notes of apple blended with tranquil, grounding sage is magic!
It will have you wondering why you haven’t tried this fruity herbal scent combination before. It’s a candle scent you’ll want to come home to at the end of a long day. This step-by-step candle tutorial walks you through how to make these scented candles that stand out!
8. Sage Herbal Honey
Do you love the taste of honey too? Why not make infused herbal honey? Herbs give honey an extra dimension of flavor and they are perhaps the simplest recipe in this list of ways to use sage.
All you need is time on your side and if you start this week or next, you can be presenting your friends with a jar of herb-infused honey in a matter of weeks. And you’ll have a wonderful ingredient to include in homemade honey soap recipes too!
9. Lavender Sage All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
I love all-purpose cleaners, who doesn’t? This lavender sage spray cleaner works everywhere – from counters and floors to sinks and toilets. It’s pretty awesome on walls and windows, too.
If you get hung up on the smell of vinegar too follow the tips in this recipe to infuse essential oils. They not only add a lovely scent but also up the cleaning power.
Just don’t use this vinegar-based cleaner on natural stone such as marble or granite. Use an alcohol-based cleaner instead such as this DIY disinfectant spray.
10. Sage Chamomile Bath Tea Bags DIY
By combining slightly sweet calming chamomile and herbal clarifying sage benefits with the abilities of Epsom salt to soothe muscle aches and joint pain into a bath tea – you’ll have not just a little luxury. But, also a therapeutic soothing spa treatment in your hands!
They are just the answer to declutter your thoughts and lift away the stress of the day. Here’s how to make herbal bath tea bags with chamomile and sage.
One of the best things about sage is how easy it is to grow, even in the heat of summer. And with this multitude of sage uses you’ll be happy to have sage on hand.
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