Sage was asociated with wisdom and consumed regularly with the belief that it made one wise and strengthened the memory...

Salvia lavandulaefolia

Note: Top

Parts Used: leaves

Source: steam distillation of the leaves of the evergreen shrub native to the mountains of Spain. It also grows in south west France and Yugoslavia. Most of the oil is produced in Spain.

Description and Odor Effect: pale yellow liquid with a fresh-herbaceous, camphoraceous, slightly pine-like odor.

Nature: purifying

Blends well with: rosemary, lavandin, lavender, pine, citronella, eucalyptus, juniper, clary sage and cedarwood

Physical Uses: Spanish sage is used on the skin for acne, cuts, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, excessive sweating, hair loss, gingivitis, gum infections and sores. Spanish sage is purifying, helps in the reduction of cellulite and the build up of toxins, making it effective for arthritis, debility, fluid retention, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation and rheumatism. It can be used to treat asthma, coughs, laryngitis, colds, fever, influenza, headaches, jaundice and liver congestion. It is female balancing, helpful for the treatment of amenorrhoea (absence of the menses), dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation) and sterility - Ancient Egyptian women who were unable to bear children were given sage leaves to help them become pregnant. Mothers take the herb to wean off nursing, since sage dries up breast milk.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Sage improves alertness, treats nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Sage oil contains a toxic component called thujone, which can interfere with brain and nervous system functions. Spanish sage is less toxic and safer to use. Both common sage and Spanish sage should be avoided by people prone to epileptic seizures.

Therapeutic Properties: antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-diabetic, antifungal, anti-galactagogue, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antisudorific, antiviral, aperitif, aperitive, astringent, blood purifier, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrizant, depurative, digestive, disinfectant (strong), diuretic, emmenagogue, estrogenic, euphoriant, expectorant, febrifuge, healing, hemostatic (bleeding gums), hepatic, hypertensor, insect repellent, laxative, nervine, stimulant (brain, circulatory system, adrenal glands), stomachic, tonic (digestive system), vermifuge, vulnerary, warming

Applications: application aroma lamp, bath, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Keyword: Revitalizing

Sage Magic: If you desire to make a wish come true, write it on a sage leaf and hide it beneath your pillow. For three nights sleep upon it. If once you dream of what you desire your wish will be materialized; if not, bury the sage in the ground so that you do not come to harm.

Sage Gardening Lore: It is bad luck to plant sage in your own garden - a stranger should be found to do the work... A full bed of sage brings ill luck, so ensure that some other plant shares the plot.

Spanish Sage Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To boost immunity during viruses:

  • 4 drops Spanish Sage
  • 4 drops Manuka
  • 2 drops Black Pepper is free to access and use.
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.


Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.


Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.

Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.

Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.

Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.

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