There are several species of sage. The aroma of sage is clear, herbal, camphorous and sharp. Traditionally, sage has been used for a variety of disorders such as respiratory infections, menstrual difficulties, and digestive complaints. Apart from its widespread use in cooking (the herb, that is), sage has always been used in folk medicine in many countries in the form of herbal infusions, gargles, vinegars and poultices, particularly for mouth and throat infections.
As an essential oil its properties are said to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, digestive and diuretic. This oil blends well with bergamot, eucalyptus, orange, peppermint, and rosemary. Should be used with caution, avoid with people with epilepsy or high blood pressure, do not use in children or the elderly, avoid in pregnancy as it's said to be an abortifacient. Sage contains thujone, a substance which is considered toxic in high doses. Flash point: 125F.