Ah, this Sage takes me back to the Isle of Patmos, Greece. Instantly, I am transported to the island just off the Turkish coast, where I first experienced it. If you are a fan of PBS or ITV, think of The Durrells of Corfu television program (a pleasant escape)!
The aroma is very herbaceous and a little bit woody or earthy but quite pleasant. Greek Sage, like Sage Officinalis, grows in the wild in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean. There it is used traditionally for herbal remedies and for flavoring in cooking. Marge doesn’t always *love* the herbaceous oils, but she really loves our new Greek Sage Triloba. Indeed, it is a very special oil. (Greek sage is the herb most often used in Sage Tea, by the way.)
High in 1,8 Cineole and Camphor, similar composition as White Sage (Salvia apiana) and can be used as an alternative to White Sage for spiritual uses such as clearing negative energy and smudging.
Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant—it is said to inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria including some staph strains and is effective against some food borne bacteria. There is ongoing research into its effectiveness as a possible anti-tumor agent, which is exciting news.
According to author and educator Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes, Triloba and Sage officinalis are both helpful for concentration issues, cognitive and memory challenges such as dementia and Alzheimer’s; as well as for boosting self-confidence, mental and emotional weakness, and mood swings connected to female hormonal systems such as PMS. (Who knew?)
During a presentation at the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) conference in 2017, Dorene Petersen, President, CEO, and Founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), spoke of the neuroprotective qualities of Salvia Fruticosa (Greek Sage, Sage Triloba), along with its advantages for improving cognition.
Robert Tisserand cautions against use around or near the face of young children or infants due to the high 1,8 Cineole content of this oil. Kerkof-Knapp Hayes also mentions risk of seizures in this and Sage officinalis due to high levels of camphor. She further warns to avoid both in cases of brain cancer. Although much lower in Thujone than Salvia officianalis, neither sage oil should be ingested.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.