Dalmatian Sage Essential Oil (Salvia officinalis)


Dalmatian Sage may also be referred to as Common sage or garden sage. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.


Dalmatian Sage Essential Oil is also known as Common Sage Essential Oil.

Essential oil that is steam distilled specifically from the plantSalvia officinalis is referred to by several common names including Common Sage, and Dalmatian Sage. Typically, when someone simply refers to Sage Essential Oil (as I will continue to do so within this profile), he/she generally is referring to the oil of Salvia officinalis, the oil that is profiled here. However, it's always best to verify by confirming the botanical name of the specific "sage" essential oil that you are working with or considering for purchase. Greek Sage Essential Oil, Spanish Sage Essential Oil and Clary Sage Essential Oil are also available, and the composition and safety guidelines for each varies.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Camphoraceous Fresh Fruity Herbaceous

  • Common Name(s): Common sage or garden sage
  • Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Salvia
  • Chemical Family: Ketones
  • Major Compounds: Camphor, a-Thujone, Borneol, 1,8-Cineole, B-Thujone, B-Caryophyllene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle/Base
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: Albania
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Conservation Status:  [LC] Least Concern
    IUCN Red List category abbreviations (version 3.1, 2001)
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Pregnancy Safe Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
  • Not Child Safe Not recommend or safe for children

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Dalmatian Sage:

High thujone content. Use sparingly and with extreme caution. Spanish Sage Essential Oils somewhat safer to work with. Tisserand and Young warn of the possibility of neurotoxicity. Avoid Sage Oil in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.4%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 414.]

This essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization when used in the bath. Avoid using it in the bath, even if it is solubilized/diluted.

Safety Precautions for Dalmatian Sage:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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