Sapient Salvia

Pencil and water colour image of an attractive older woman, with long grey hair, the lines on her face show her wisdom. She has fair skin and blue eyes her hair is adorned with crown of leaves and flowers she appears to be standing in the woods with iridescent light behind her along with a faint mirror image of herself on either side depicting younger versions of herself.

Sapient Salvia is sold as a set:

One Roll-On Perfume Oil (10 ml)
+ One Linen/Body Spray (15 ml)

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The word Sapient pertains to having great wisdom 'Sage' and partially to 'homo-sapiens' being the most intelligent species. The term Sage is also synonymous with a good and virtuous person. According to the Greek philosopher Plato. “The sage is one who becomes righteous and holy and wise.”

Sapient Salvia is a tribute to the 'crone archetype' - wise women who honour their lived experiences.

Image Description: Pencil and water colour image of an attractive older woman, with long grey hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Her piercing and 'knowing-eyes' look to the distance, along with her weathered skin, she portrays the epitome of wisdom. Her hair is adorned with faint pastel leaves and flowers and she appears to be standing next to silhouette of a strong tree.  The light behind her is iridescent, and she is flanked by two faint mirror images of herself on either side depicting younger versions of herself.

The use of three different varieties of sage essential oil in this product provide a fresh fern-like woodland aroma, while honouring the folklore and traditional uses of sage. 

Salvia officinalis is often referred to as common or garden sage and there are literally hundreds of varieties grown all over the world with Salvia officinalis being the most common from a culinary perspective.

During ancient times it was believed that chewing fresh common sage would increase mental clarity and improve memory thereby enhancing wisdom. It was also thought to increase women’s fertility and was used poultices for snake bites. During the Middle Ages the consumption of common sage was thought to prolong life, elevate the spirit, assist in dispelling great sadness and offer protection from the plague.

Salvia sclarea L. (Clary sage) is native to Italy and France and received its name from the Latin word ‘clarus’ which means to clarify or cleanse. Creating a decoction from the seeds produces a thick gluey substance (mucilage) which ancient people used as an eye wash. The infusion of the leaves and flowers in teas was thought to improve the health of the eyes, assist nervous tension and improve women’s health issues. It is imperative to realize that the ancient use and contemporary use of herbs, herbal teas and tinctures are not the same as essential oils.  As a result of the historical and traditional uses of Salvia sclarea, Clary Sage Essential Oil and just about every essential oil are now being purported as cure-alls as a result of misconstrued information between the use of fresh culinary herbs and herbal medicines. Under no circumstances should Clary Sage Essential Oil or any essential oil be ingested or used in any eye preparation or application.

Clary Sage Essential Oil as well as many other essential oils which are generally recognized as safe (GRAS status) by The United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are used in the flavouring of foods and beverages.  However, they are used in conjunction with edible lipids and nano-emulsions and under strict adherence to limitation levels by trained chemists. Simply adding essential oils to foods is a dangerous practice that could cause: mucus membrane and esophageal irritation, drug interactions, and toxicity.

Salvia apiana (white sage) is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico also referred to as ‘Sacred Sage’. For centuries, Indigenous tribes have burned sage (known as Smudging) during spiritual ceremonies to cleanse, purify and pray. This is just one species of sage that is considered ‘Sacred’ there are many other varieties depending upon Native Teachings and protocols in different geographical locations. It is imperative for non-indigenous people to be respectful when using sacred medicines and perhaps use the term ‘smoke cleansing’ rather than Smudging. When in doubt please consult with a Traditional Elder, Healer or Medicine Person.


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