Greek sage is a perennial shrub native to East Mediterranean especially in Turkey and Greece. Regardless of its origin it is commonly named as Greek sage or sage triloba. The height of the plant varies from 20 to 100 cm and it has square and hairy stems. Greek sage differs from garden sage (S. officinalis) and clary sage (S. sclarea) because of its trifoliate leaves, as ‘salvia’ is a Latin word meaning “to heal” and “triloba” meaning ‘three leaves’.
Since ancient times the Greek sage has been used for treating snakebites, increasing women’s fertility and warding off evil. Romans believed that it cured almost everything. Many cultures still burn sage bundles as it is well-known for its purifying action on atmosphere. Traditionally it has been a popular household medicine as well as a flavouring ingredient and often consumed as tea.
Goya Botanicals Greek sage essential oil is obtained though unpressurised steam distillation of the leaves and stems of the sage plants that grow wild in the sunny hills of south-west Turkey. Goya Botanicals Greek Sage Essential Oil has a fresh, herbaceous and camphoraceous aroma of which major components are 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) and camphor.