Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Fun fact: During the Middle Ages, the actual herb (and not the oil) was used to clean gums.
Throughout the ages, sage was considered to be a sacred herb, especially by the Romans, who believed a little bit of sage could cure just about everything. The Chinese also valued sage, and believed it to be a cure for sterility. This savory herb found its way into the kitchen, and was used to flavor meats and other dishes. As an aromatic, sage has a variety of therapeutic uses, from promoting respiratory health to strengthening memory. Sage is also a popular fragrance in perfumes and colognes, especially men's products. It can also be found in soaps, shampoos, detergents, and antiperspirants, as well as mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes. To cap it all off, sage is also a source of natural antioxidants (although ingesting it in essential oil form is not recommended). There are many different varieties of sage, however salvia officinalis is used in aromatherapy because it is both commercially and therapeutically important. It's still current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and especially wonderful when blended with citrus essential oils.
Mixes well with: Bergamot, grapefruit, hyssop, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, pennyroyal, pine, rosemary, rosewood, and tangerine.
Parts used: Dried leaves.
Extraction method: Steam distillation.
Safety Information: Avoid during pregnancy, and also if breastfeeding. If diagnosed with epilepsy or high blood pressure small amounts are fine, however it is safest to avoid it. Sage should also not be used on babies or small children.