Sage oil

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Sage oil is the essential oil made from the culinary herb sage, Salvia officinalis. In addition to its valuable flavoring characteristics, sage oil can contain as much as 50% thujone by weight. The exact amount varies based on the time in the season and which part of the plant is tested.[1] Thujone is traditionally regarded as one of the active ingredients in absinthe, distinguishing it from "less controversial" alcoholic beverages.

Sage oil has been suggested to boost short-term memory performance in many using it as a dietary supplement.[2][3] Sage oils can be toxic and may trigger miscarriages, as well as "cause dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and provoke epileptic seizures".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nigel B. Perry; Rosemary E. Anderson; Nerida J. Brennan; Malcolm H. Douglas; Anna J. Heaney; Jennifer A. McGimpsey & Bruce M. Smallfield (1999). "Essential Oils from Dalmatian Sage (Salvia officinalis L.): Variations among Individuals, Plant Parts, Seasons, and Sites". J. Agric. Food Chem. 47 (5): 2045–2054. doi:10.1021/jf981170m. PMID 10552494. 
  2. ^ Melissa Hantman (Nov 11, 2003). "Spicing Up Your Memory". Psychology Today. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, D. O.; Dodd, F. L.; Robertson, B. C.; Okello, E. J.; Reay, J. L.; Scholey, A. B.; Haskell, C. F. (11 October 2010). "Monoterpenoid extract of sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia) with cholinesterase inhibiting properties improves cognitive performance and mood in healthy adults". Journal of Psychopharmacology 25 (8): 1088–1100. doi:10.1177/0269881110385594. 
  4. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Sage+advice:+aroma+and+flavor+from+the+garden:+they're+as+decorative+...-a0162785550[dead link]