Essential Oil of ­­­­Sage

Salvia officinalis


Family: Labiatae

Origin: Originated in the Mediterranean but grows wild in Yugoslavia and Dalmatia

Plant description: A two foot bush with purple-green leaves and blue flowers

Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Borneol, Salviol (Alcohol), Camphor, Cineole, Thujone (Ketones), Phellandrene (Terpenes)

PRECAUTIONS: A powerful oil which may adversely affect the central nervous system by producing convulsions, epileptic fits or paralysis. Can be toxic in low doses. Should not be used in pregnancy as it has emmenagogue properties. Clary Sage has similar curative properties but is a safer alternative.

PROPERTIES: Antigalactagogue, Antirheumatic, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Antisudorific, Aperitf, Astringent, Cicatrisant, Depurative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hepatic, Hypertensive, Tonic.



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Raises blood pressure as it has a cleansing action on the circulatory system.

Digestive: Aids in digestive system by stimulating appetite and helps break down meat proteins and relieves constipation.

Immune System: Helps with lymphatic flow and glandular disorders.

Mental/Emotional: In small doses, sage can have a calming effect on the nerves by soothing the parasympathetic nervous system. Quickens the senses and aids memory.

Reproductive: Beneficial to the female reproductive system since it imitates the hormone estrogen and regulates the menstrual cycle. Aids in conception by helping with sterility. Valuable for menopausal problems and can help vaginal thrush.

Respiratory system: Could be helpful with colds, catarrh, bronchitis, and bacterial infections.

Urinary system: Helps urine flow and aids the liver and kidneys. Helps with edema and water retention. Controls perspiration especially when combined with Bay.

Skin care: Helps stop bleeding from cuts and wounds, and helps the formation of scar tissue. Helps make hair shiny


About this essential oil: According to historical accounts, sage oil was considered good for both the body and mind. Sage essential oil is often compared to clary sage (Salvia sclarea). While they both come from the same evergreen shrub family, they are very different from each other. Some Native American people burned white sage in sweat lodges for purification. The burning of white sage leaves is also used to fumigate a house or dwelling after a contagion and to purify the air during and after illness.


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