Latin name: Salvia lavanulifolia
Synonyms: Spanish sage, lavender leaved sage.
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering tops
Origin: Europe, mainly France and Spain
Plant characteristics: An evergreen shrub, similar to garden sage but with narrower leaves and small purple flowers. The plant is very aromatic – reminiscent of spike lavender
Oil characteristics: A pale yellow liquid with a fresh camphorous, slightly floral scent with woody undertones.
Traditional use: In Spain this oil is considered a versatile oil. It is believed to promote longevity and protect against infection (such as the plague). It could be used to treat menstrual problems, infertility, nervous weakness and rheumatism
Blends well with: Cypress, clary-sage, rosewood, geranium and rosemary essential oils
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications. Because lavender sage is therapeutically different to lavender, the two should not be confused. This type of lavender is actually a type of sage and yet has very few of the contra-indications associated with common sage. Use moderately – especially during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents: Camphors (>35%), Cineole (35%), Limonene and pinene (40%).
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.