Common Sage Essential Oil (Dalmatian Sage Essential Oil)
Essential oil that is steam distilled specifically from the plant Salvia officinalis is referred to by several common names including Common Sage, and Dalmatian Sage. Typically, when someone simply refers to Sage Essential Oil (as I will continue to do so within this profile), he/she generally is referring to the oil of Salvia officinalis, the oil that is profiled here. However, it's always best to verify by confirming the botanical name of the specific "sage" essential oil that you are working with or considering for purchase. Greek Sage, Spanish Sage and Clary Sage essential oils are also available, and the composition and safety guidelines for each does vary.
Aromatically, Sage Essential Oil possesses an herbaceous, fruity, fresh, camphorous aroma that blends well with essential oils in the citrus, spice, mint, wood and herbaceous families.
Sage Essential Oil contains approximately 25-50% thujone, a ketone that requires greater care and more limited use. Refer to the Safety Information section below for more information.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Leaves and Flowers/Buds
Strength of Initial Aroma
Herbaceous, fruity, fresh, camphorous.
Sage Essential Oil Uses
Muscular aches, joints, headaches, digestive upsets, sore throat, menstrual cramping, nervousness, mental fatigue, emotional exhaustion, memory loss, acne. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 619.]
Fragrancing in very low dilutions. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 212.]. Possibly also spiritual work.
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 23 no. 2, 1998), 50. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 414.]
High thujone content. Use sparingly and with extreme caution. Spanish Sage Essential Oil is somewhat safer to work with. Tisserand and Young warn of the possibility of neurotoxicity. Avoid Sage Oil in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.4%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 414.]
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