This month we are embracing the gift of Sage essential oil to help foster the deeper wisdom hidden within us. In fact, this plant's common name carries with it the association of one who has attained heightened wisdom; we have come to use the word "sage" to refer to a person of great depth in understanding themselves and the world.
But like many plants and their corresponding essential oils, "Sage" is a common name that can refer to several different species. Two of the most common ones are Dalmatian (or Common) Sage and Spanish Sage. Here is a brief description of their qualities and why you might choose one over the other:
Dalmatian Sage :: Salvia officinalis :: This sage is the most commonly cultivated for its essential oil. It has many wonderful medicinal properties and mentally, it helps to clear the mind and aids in memory. Spiritually, it has been used in many cultures as a cleansing scent, which could be related to its ability to clean a physical space as well. Consider it for your next meditation blend or counter-cleaner alike!
Spanish Sage :: Salvia lavendulafolia :: This is the softer of the sages as you might be able to guess from its botanical name. Chemically, it contains notes that one might find similar to Lavender (linalyl acetate), which aids in its gentleness. This one is the safer of the two oils, and one we would more likely choose for a blend to go on the skin.
Clary Sage :: Salvia sclerea :: Why not include this in our list of sages? We often will consider clary sage to be a "sage on its own," because it is just so different from the other two listed here. Though Dalmatian Sage and Spanish Sage are very similar in scent, Clary Sage is from a whole other realm. Think of it like a younger sister of sorts, one that helps to sweep the clouds of confusion away and promote a clearer seeing of what's in front, rather than an evocation of deep and sometimes hidden wisdom.
Together or apart, these oils can aid in many aspects of our mental processes and help us to more clearly answer the question of "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"