Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil

What is it?

Sage is a small, shrubby perennial best known as the complex, earthy seasoning added to many soup and poultry dishes. There are many species of sage, the type we use is Salvia officinalis, sometimes called "true sage." In addition to its culinary value, sage has a long history of folk usage to treat various ailments and burning sage is an ages-old ritual of purification. Its genus name, Salvia, ("to save" in Latin) is indicative of its rich medicinal tradition.

What does it do?

Sage's long folk history as a natural medicinal is well-supported by scientific demonstration of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.  When sage is combined with the other botanicals in our Botanically Fresh toothpaste, the blend reduces bad breath odours and freshens breath.

How is it made? 

Our Salvia officinalis (Sage) oil is steam distilled from partially dried sage leaves.

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

What are the alternatives?

There are other breath freshening agents, such as cetylpyridinium chloride, but these compounds do not meet the natural standards in our Stewardship Model. However, we do also use zinc compounds in some oral care products as another naturally derived alternative for breath freshening. Tom's of Maine offers our consumers choices to enjoy the benefits of nature.

Is this the right option for me?

Salvia officinalis has no known toxicity or carcinogenicity. Although our botanical ingredients are pure and natural, that is no guarantee against the potential for allergic reaction. Virtually any botanical ingredient has the potential to be a natural allergen or irritant to a particular set of individuals. 

Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.