From the mint family, Dalmatian Sage, True or Common Sage, has a distinctly strong, herbal aroma. It grows around the world but is abundant in the Mediterranean and on the coast and islands of the Adriatic Sea. Aromatically it is both herbaceous and camphoric, somewhat “medicinal,” and invigorating.
High in Thujone and Camphor, which makes it an oil to be respected. Never ever (can’t say this enough) orally ingest this oil for it is a neurotoxin. (Or any oil for that matter but, just no!)
With its powerful components, there are so many beneficial uses: inflammation, oily skin, memory and mood enhancement, as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antimutagenic, antioxidant, and antifungal. It is also carminative, antiseptic, astringent, and according to some sources, antispasmodic.
Dr. Daniel Penoel recommends it for wound treatment/scarring. (We reach for Helichrysum in Rose Hip Seed for scarring but find his recommendation/experience interesting and want to share it.)
Perhaps most amazing is ongoing research suggesting Salvia officinalis may improve cognition and recall. There is a distinct possibility it could benefit Alzheimer’s patients in the future because it additionally seems to calm agitation as dosage increases. (Research indicates Salvia officinalis is most effective in a blend with Rosemary officinalis and Melissa officinalis for cognition and memory recall.) Greek Sage Triloba (Fruticosa) may also be beneficial for memory issues.
According to Robert Tisserand, maximum dermal use is 0.4% for the essential oil.
WARNING: AVOID during PREGNANCY, while Breast-Feeding, with High Blood Pressure and with seizure disorders.
Contraindications: Should never be taken in oral doses (internally). Danger of neurotoxicity due to Thujone content.
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.