Essential Oils: Sage
Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii)
Cultivated in Sedona, but a native to Southern California. Distilled at the height of flowering in early Summer, its aroma is highly camphoraceous and sweet. This complex oil is diaphoretic, antitussive, mucolytic, and anti-infectious. It is also anagesic and anti-inflammatory, and can be diluted and used topically for burns. This oil should not be used by those with a sensitivity to camphor, and/or pregnant or lactating women.
White Sage (Salvia apiana) fresh
Cultivated in the Verde Valley (4,500 ft. elevation) and distilled fresh towards the end of flowering. This is the classic ceremonial sage, used for cleansing and clearing by smoke (smudging). The aroma is penetrating and clears the head/ mind. It is highly mucolytic, analgesic, antiinflammatory, immunostimulating, diaphoretic, carminative, memory enhancing, and contains virtually no camphor. Can be diluted and used topically for burns, or flatulence. Should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.
White Sage (Salvia apiana) dried
Gathered in Southern California near Lake Elsinore, where there are "crystals in the soil". Distilled dry, the yield of essential oil is 4 times greater, and the aroma is much earthier. This oil contains camphor and therefore has a stronger antitussive quality. Should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.