Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
Synonym: Garden sage, Dalmatian sage
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: Balkans
Plant Part: Dried leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Characteristics: Sharp, herbaceous
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypertensive, laxative, stomachic, tonic
α-pinene, camphene, β-pinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, α-thujone, β-thujone, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate, borneol
Mind & Spirit:
- Calms the nerves
- Relieves tiredness, depression and grief.
- Digestive stimulant
- Regulates menstrual cycle
- Relieves aches and pains of rheumatism
- Treats menopausal problems
- Helps formation of scar tissue
- Effective with sores, dermatitis, psoriasis and ulcers
- Raises low blood pressure
- Tonic to liver and kidneys
- Effective against water retention, bacterial infections, mouth ulcers and glandular disorders.
Contraindications: Use with extreme care. Not to be used during pregnancy. Can provoke convulsions or epileptic fits. Toxic to the central nervous system in large doses.
Odour Intensity: Un-referred
Blends well with:
Bay, bergamot, cajeput, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, lavender, orange, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, tea tree
The Chinese believed sage cured sterility. The Romans saw it as a miracle plant. The Latin root word “salvare” means to heal or to save. It was an ingredient of many nerve tonics during the Middle Ages and the herb was used to clean gums and whiten teeth. Sage was also used in folk medicine as herbal infusions, gargles and compresses for mouth/throat infections and to heal wounds and clear headaches.