Sage oil comes from Sage is an ancient plant that is just as popular in today’s herb gardens as it was in Medieval monastery gardens. Its translation from the Latin definitive literally means to save or to heal, and therefore it was often regarded as a bit of a “miracle” plant, especially during Medieval times.
All of the respected herbal writers of their time – Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen, and Gerard – praised the value of sage.
Sage essential oil has a top note herbal aroma. Although related to lavender, sage is one of the more “reactive” essential oils, such as thyme (depending upon chemotype), and oregano. However, used carefully and in the right circumstances, sage is extremely beneficial.
Common English Name: (Common) sage.
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the leaves.
Origin: Indigenous to the Mediterranean region but it is now cultivated worldwide and it is commonly found in herb gardens around the world.
Plant Description: A small, evergreen, perennial herb with silver-colored oval leaves and vivid blue or violet flowers.
Main Chemical Components: A complex mix of many chemical components but the highest content is ketones (thujone, camphor).
Uses: Lubricates skin for massage, cleanses, helps to relax, soothing to the soul.
Fun Fact: Sage was used to ward off evil spirits in ancient times.
Cautions for Use: Avoid in pregnancy. Do not use in epilepsy. Avoid use with babies and young children.