Salvia lavendulaefolia species
From the Lamiaceae family, sometimes called Lavender- leaved sage it is native to the mountains of Spain. It also grows in south west France and in the Balkans.
The oil is produced mainly in Spain. An evergreen shrub, similar to the garden sage but with narrower leaves and small purple flowers. The whole plant has a scent reminiscent of spike lavender.
The oil has a fresh herbaceous, camphorous, slightly pine like odour and is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation.
Historically, in Spain, it is regarded as a ‘cure all’ and believed to promote longevity and protect against all types of infection.
Its properties are anti depressant, anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti spasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic.
It is relatively non toxic, non irritant, non sensitising.