BOTANICAL NAME: salvia officinalis
PARTS USED: leaves
FRAGRANCE: camphorous, spicy, herbal, strong, sharp
BLENDS WELL WITH: armoise, bergamot, grapefruit, hyssop, lemon, mandarin, orange, rosemary
PHYSICAL & AROMATIC BENEFITS: cheering, energizing, memory loss, soothing, stimulating, warming, acne, alopecia, analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, cellulite, cystitis, dandruff, deodorant, diverticulosis, dysmenorrhea, eczema, estrogen-like, hair loss, laryngitis, lumbago, male infertility, moth repellent, muscular aches, oily hair, osteoporosis, rheumatism, sprains, tick repellent, vaginal infections.
MAGICAL USES: conscious mind (stimulates), exorcism, money, purification, wisdom.
Antibacterial: kills or inhibits bacteria.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antimicrobial: capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microbes.
Antioxidant: Any substance that acts to slow or prevent the oxidation of another chemical.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Cholagogue: an agent that promotes the discharge of bile.
Cicatrizant: a healing agent.
Depurative: refers to something that purifies.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Disinfectant: a substance that kills germs and/or viruses.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Expectorant: a substance used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Febrifuge: reduces fever.
Stimulant: increases physiological or nervous activity in the body.
Other Benefits: It helps heal dermatitis, herpes, psoriasis, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis, accumulation of phlegm, cerebral palsy, sciatica and lumbago and induces mental stability, alertness and cures depression.
Safety Warning: Being a nervous stimulant, those with epilepsy or hysteria or having history of them, should avoid using it. Further, since it contains camphor and camphene, which are toxic in nature, it should be avoided during pregnancy. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.