Salvia triloba, or Salvia fruticosa, grows mainly in the Mediterranean areas of Greece and Turkey. Sage Triloba essential oil is also referred to as Greek Sage regardless of its origin. We selected this rare Sage Triloba essential oil for its lower alpha + beta thujone content of 2.47% opposed to the Co2 containing upwards of 4.5%. Also much lower in Camphor at 4.19% versus 14.5-15% present in Co2 extractions, the essential oil brings to the forefront a much more pleasant herbaceous aroma reminiscent of the finest culinary sage. Although it has a delicious aroma, because of its thujone and 1,8-cineole content should not be ingested.
Also worthy of comparison is that this essential oil has a much greater 1,8-cineole content of 63.83% whereas Co2 extractions have around 32-33%, and, is much higher in alpha and beta pinene 12% vs 5-6% in Co2 extracts thus making the essential oil our preference for aromatherapy applications because of its excellent levels of chemical constituents for antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. With all the benefits noted it should also be pointed out that because of the high 1,8-cineole content in Sage triloba essential oil it should not be used with babies and young children. Sage triloba should also be avoided when pregnant, breastfeeding, or with conditions of high blood pressure or epilepsy.
There are several scholarly articles written that notes essential oil from Sage triloba beneficial to enhance memory and recall and warrants additional study with Alzheimer's disease (AD). This would also point to Sage triloba as a choice essential oil for college students when preparing for exams.