|Latin name||Salvia lavanulifolia|
|Synonyms||Spanish sage, lavender leaved sage.|
|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 commments||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.