Spanish Sage Essential Oil (Salvia officinalis subsp. gallica)


Spanish Sage may also be referred to as Salvia lavandulaefolia or Salvia lavandulafolia. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Camphoraceous Cool Fresh Herbaceous

  • Common Name(s): Salvia lavandulaefolia or Salvia lavandulafolia
  • Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
  • Chemical Family: Ketones, Monoterpenes, Oxides
  • Major Compounds: 1,8-Cineole, Camphor, a-Terpinyl Acetate, Linalool, a-Pinene, Camphene, B-Pinene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: Middle
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Shelf Life: 5 - 6 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Spanish Sage:

Tisserand and Young warn that Spanish Sage Oil is an abortifacient and that it is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They recommend a dermal maximum of 12.5%. 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), 415-416.]

Safety Precautions for Spanish 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.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Spanish Sage:

It is currently being researched for its effects on Alzheimer's Disease and Memory.