Sage essential oil, Salvia officinalis, is a stimulating oil which helps to stimulate and balance the nerves and dispels tiredness and depression. Sage is excellent in adding the memory. Use in massage oils for aches, pains, rheumatism and over exercised muscles. Raises blood pressure. Steam for alleviating bronchitis, coughs, colds and other infections. Helpful during menopause, Sage helps control hot flashes, night sweats and balances the nerves and massage on tummy to help relieve painful menstruation. Avoid use when breastfeeding, in babies or young children, during pregnancy, if you have high blood pressure or epileptic.
Sage is an evergreen, shrubby, perennial herb up to 80cm high with a woody base, soft, silver, oval leaves and a mass of deep blue or violet flowers. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried leaves. A so-called oleo resin is also produced from the exhaused plant material. Dalmatian sage or common sage is a herb of ancient repute, valued as a culinary and medicinal plant, it was called a sacred herb by the Romans. It was believed to strengthen the senses and the memory, and helpful for inflammations of the mouth, tongue, and throat.
Sage essential oil, salvia officinalis, blends well with the following essential oils: lemongrass, bergamot, hyssop, lemon, lavender, melissa (lemonbalm), peppermint, rosemary, lavandin, rosewood, and hyssop.
Cautions - Oral toxin (due to thujone). Arbortifacient; avoid in pregnancy or if nursing. Avoid in epilepsy. Contraindicated in cases of high blood pressure.
Properties - Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobal, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypotensive, insecticide, stomachic, laxative, tonic.