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Spanish Sage

Cur moriatur homo cui Salvia crescit in horto’
Why should a man die whilst sage is growing in his garden?
(Latin proverb)

‘Salvia’ is said to come from ‘salvere’ or to be saved, heal, to be well.

There are many varieties of Sages, only a very specific few are used in Aromatherapy and cosmetics: Common Sage (although considered toxic), Salvia officinalis, clary sage salvia scalrea, Spanish sage slavia lavandulifolia, its Greek  counterpart Salvia triloba and lastly white sage, salvia apiana, American sage.
Even among those, clary sage is the marked favourite leaving the others in the shadow.  This has been puzzling me for a long time now as I find Spanish Sage remarkably uplifting, soothing, calming, and refreshing.  Salvia lavandulifolia ranks high on the list of my top 10 essential oils.

It is a small evergreen shrub that likes dry rocky places and has grown wild for centuries in Spain and Southern France.  When crushed, its long narrow leaves ooze a beautifully aromatic scent, highlighted by a slightly camphoraceous aroma reminiscent of spike lavender.    

In Spain, it is regarded as a ‘cure all’.  It is believed to promote longevity, protect and cure against all infections including the plague.  It has been used to treat rheumatism, digestive complaints, menstrual problems, nervous weakness and also to boost memory and cognitive responses

There are many places where Spanish sage finds its righteous place. But before delving into the medicinal and therapeutic usage of Spanish sage, I would like to emphasize how beautifully refreshing its aroma is and what a gift it is to incorporate it in daily life.
Try this blend to burn in your kitchen or living room, to uplift, clear and cleanse – 11 drops in a burner.

Spanish Sage 4
Rosemary Verbenone 3
Spike Lavender 2
Peppermint 1
Spearmint 1

If you would prefer a ready-made blend, our ‘Blue’ essential oil blend contains Spanish sage and is currently on Special offers my version into scents of the clarity, freedom and expanse of a clean blue sky.
For more from this article and many blend suggestions, CLICK HERE >



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