This highly fragrant shrubby perennial herb grows on the Western Cape coastline in sandy soil in stream beds, in sandy soil among rocks and in open fields. It has square stems, with slightly hairy green leaves, sometimes with toothed edges, and has pale purple blue and white flowers. It has a distinct sage-like fragrance that is a true hallmark of Cape fynbos.
100% Cape MOUNTAIN SAGE Essential Oil
Latin Name: Salvia Chamelaeagnea
Common Indigenous Names: Rough Blue Sage (English), Bloublomsalie, Bergsalie (Afrikaans).
Uses: In herbal form it has traditionally been used for coughs, colds, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and indigestion, thanks to its anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A tea is brewed from the leaves to treat female ailments. A few drops of the essential oil makes a great expectorant when the steam is inhaled.
Quirky Indigenous Uses:
Old Cape sore throat & indigestion remedy
Burnt in huts after illness as disinfectant