Sagebrush, Big Essential Oil (Artemisia tridentata)


It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the flowering plant/herb.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Camphoraceous Cool Earthy Fresh Herbaceous Strong

  • Botanical Family: Asteraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Artemisia
  • Chemical Family: Ketones, Oxides
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Aroma chemistry: Sagebrush essential oil has a substantial conent of keptones in it, . This is worth noting because some ketones, including camphor, are neurotoxic. While most ketones are not neurotoxic, there are a few that are.  Camphor is slightly neurotoxic.  Sage brush has abiout 18% keones that are unidentified.    Ketones are antiviral, beneficial in preventing the formulation of keloid scar tissue, and very effective mucolytics    Let's look at Camphor. Camphor has been used externally for a variety of ailments ranging from respiratory issues to muscular and rheumatic pain. The principle use of camphor is to reduce coughs. Camphor vapors are inhaled as treatment for upper respiratory tract ailments Camphor act as an analgesic . Camphor, in addition to its analgesic action, posesses counter irritant and rubefacient effects. These qualities make essential oils rich in camphor ideal in blends for the relief of fibrositis and neuralgia Camphor exhibits effective antitussive ability    Now 1,8 Cineole 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol, is both an oxide and ether. The name '1,8' refers to the fact that the oxygen atom is bonded to the first and eighth carbon atoms (Super Cool)! 1,8-cineole has a strong affinity with the respiratory system. Cineole is both an expectorant and mucolytic agent. 1,8-cineole also helps relives coughs, helps to open the bronchial tubes (bronchodilator), breaks down mucous (mucolytic). 1,8-cineole has had positive effects on lung function. 1,8-cineole has been shown to increase cerebral blood flow when used in inhalation. This implies a sense of clarity and focus.
  • Indigenous Country: United States
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Flowering plant/herb
  • Shelf Life: 4-5 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details


Sagebrush, Big Blends:

Balsam Copaiba

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Sagebrush, Big:

Please note that the amount of camphor found in Sagebrush is about the same amount of camphor as rosemary camphor chemotype, which has no contraindications in Essential Oil Safety. However, it is worth taking note that camphor is known to cross the skin, mucous membranes, and the placenta barrier.


Botanical Description of Sagebrush, Big:

Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)is an evergreen bush that varies in size depending on rainfall and soil conditions. In ideal conditions the plant will reach nine to 10 feet in height, but three to four feet is more common. The trunk of Sagebrush is thick, woody, and older plants are often covered by a grayish-brown stringy bark. The leaves are wedge shaped and typically have three blunt teeth however sometimes they have four to nine teeth and occasionally are completely lacking teeth. In the fall, the small yellow flowers form in panicles at branch ends. Sagebrush is a prolific seeder.   Found in Southern British Columbia, Alberta, South Dakota south to the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, central Arizona and California. In fact, a dozen species of Sagebrush grow in New Mexico’s Pueblo Province.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Sagebrush, Big:

This plant is multi-faceted. The whole plant is strongly antimicrobial and has been used for ages in first aid, disinfectant and cleansing wash from the prehistoric Anasazis to the present day Paiutes and Oregon farmers. Many people used the smoke of burning leaves or the steam rising from moist Sagebrush on coals to cleanse the air of pestilence and spirits of the dead (Moore, 1989).     The natives of the Southwest (U.S.) have long used Sagebrush in various preparations. How it is prepared really is what defines the usage as seen in the following examples.  Inhaling Sagebrush vapor from a pot of simmering tea is beneficial for pulmonary issues as well as a sore throat. A poultice applied to the back and chest is helpful to speed up recovery from bronchitis and the flu.  Steeped oil can be applied to arthritic joints, sprains and strains to reduce inflammation and pain.  Because the leaves are substantially antibacterial and antifungal, the tea, poultice, powder and steeped oil are all effective for any skin or orifice infections.   As a tea, Sagebrush is an aromatic bitter. It is stimulating to hydrochloric acid, pepsinogen, and other gut secretions. This makes the tea beneficial to the body’s digestive process for some people.  In addition, the cold tea is a diuretic and the hot tea is diaphoretic.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities