Type of plant: Bushy perennial herb growing up to 3 feet high with hairy leaves and stems and with pinkish-purple flowers
Part used: Leaves and flowering tops
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: The young leaves are chosen to be distilled. The plant grows on dry, rocky hillsides all around the Mediterranean, including on the Greek island of Crete. Greek sage was considered sacred by the ancient Greeks, who dedicated it to their god Zeus.
Principal places of production: Greece, Turkey
When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a warm, fresh, herbaceous, slightly resinous aroma
Therapeutic properties: Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, sedative, stomachic, tonic
Therapeutic uses: Muscular aches and pain, muscular injury, painful joints, headache, stomachache, stomach upset, sore throat, menstrual cramp, nervousness, mental fatigue, emotional exhaustion, memory loss, acne, pimples
Blends well with: Basil linalol, bergamot, chamomile german, chamomile roman, cistus, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus lemon, geranium lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram (sweet), may chang, myrtle, niaouli, orange (sweet), rose absolute, rosemary, spikenard, thyme linalol, valerian, vetiver
Precautionary advice: Use with care, well diluted. Avoid prolonged use. Avoid during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. GRAS status.