Sage

fresh sageOil properties

Sage oil has a sharp, herbal smell, and is watery in viscosity.

Origins

It is an evergreen perennial herb that can grow up to about 60cm high with a woody base, soft gray-green oval leaves and a mass of blue or violet flowers. The Chinese believed that it cured sterility, while the Romans believed it cured just about everything.

The name is derived from the Latin word ‘salvare’ which means ‘heal’ or ‘save’ and during the Middle Ages it was a popular ingredient of many nerve tonics and the herb was also used to clean gums.

Extraction essential oil

Sage oil is extracted from the dried leaves by steam distillation.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of sage oil are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, a-thujone, b-thujone, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate and borneol.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of sage oil are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypertensive, laxative, stomachic and tonic.