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Episode 242: Introducing Spanish Sage

In this episode we sit down with Samantha Lewis, a member of our Product Marketing team, and Scott Johnson, Director of Product Management, to talk about the new Spanish Sage essential oil. They'll discuss the process to getting our new Spanish Sage, how they like to use it every day, as well as some of the research behind the incredible benefits it offers.

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Today, we're excited to talk to Samantha Lewis, a member of our Product Marketing team, and Scott Johnson, Director of Product Management, about the new Spanish Sage essential oil.


Samantha and Scott, thank you so much for sitting down with us today.

Scott Johnson

Thanks for having us.

Samantha Lewis

Yeah, thanks.


I am so excited to talk about this oil. It's new, it's fun, and I am just so excited. So, let's jump right in!

Samantha, can you tell us a little bit about the development journey to get a Certified Pure Tested Grade Spanish Sage oil?


Yeah. Well, one thing I really love about Product Development is that ideas can come from anywhere. This idea to look into Spanish sage actually came from the desire to find something really unique with powerful studies and benefits.

Our sourcing team was able to help us find an incredible supply of Spanish Sage from a trusted supplier with chemistry well within the target levels for efficacy. This is actually something that Scott and I both work on to outline--mostly Scott because that's his area. It's not often that we get the first two or three samples back and we really love the oil, but we lucked out with Spanish Sage.



And Scott, along those same lines, can you tell us a little bit about those main chemical constituents that we find in Spanish Sage and why they're so important?


Yeah, it's related to Rosemary, both botanically and chemically. And so, because of that, it shares similar chemistry or similar constituents just in different amounts and ratios. One of the notable differences is that Spanish Sage tends to have near equal amounts of 1,8 cineole, which you'll probably recognize from Eucalyptus as well. And then camphor, which together they make up roughly 50% of Spanish Sage essential oil's chemistry. And these constituents are important because they drive a lot of the benefits of Spanish Sage in synergy with other minor constituents like alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene and limonene.


Absolutely. And one of the cool things about Spanish Sage is that it is safe for internal use.

Samantha, why is it that we would want to be using this Spanish Sage internally?


That is my favorite characteristic about Spanish Sage is that the chemistry is so great, as Scott said, and it's safe for internal use. In my opinion, and why I love Spanish Sage for internal use, simply put, is the calm mind and sense of alertness Spanish Sage gives me when I take just a drop. That's literally all I need is just one drop under my tongue.


And I don't know anyone who doesn't want a little bit more of that in their life.

How do you like to work that into your routine, taking that Spanish Sage--just that drop?


Yeah, well, I personally use Spanish Sage on a daily basis. For me, it helps me find that sense of alertness throughout my day, I find my sense of focus is significantly improved and I'm able to really tackle those challenging tasks that might come up. In Product Development there's a lot. We're running quickly, we have a lot of projects constantly, and so sometimes I really need that assistance to focus my mind. And it's really that like I said, that calm sense of alertness that, you know, I'm very present, I'm able to be on task.

And Spanish sage--just a drop internally--helps me do that.


Yes. That is so incredible. And Scott, looking at the broader picture, what are some of the benefits that we can see from having that calm mind, that sense of alertness?


Well, I think Samantha just pointed out she's become a supermom, right? Because, she maintains a full-time employment, but also is still a mom and takes care of a family. But in reality, maintaining a calm mind can actually produce multiple benefits because a calm mind functions at a higher level and with increased awareness, focus and clarity of thinking.

In addition, a calm state promotes a positive mindset and allows you to better cope with stressful situations. And everybody deals with stressful situations, so it's not like any of us are immune to that.

And then it reduces the time spent in a nervous state. So, once you reach this state of a calm mind, you can make better decisions and you can feel more connected to people and things around you.

In addition to the cognitive and mood benefits, research actually suggests that being calm allows body systems to function better. So, you can improve cardiovascular function, immune activity and other body systems function, which promotes overall general well-being.


It's so amazing to see that cascading effect of just improving one area and how much it can spread throughout your body.

Scott, what are some of the research that we see that has been done on Spanish Sage and that internal use?


Yeah, it's actually been well researched for its internal use, which is some of the things Samantha pointed out. But very interesting research has been performed that shows when you place the Spanish Sage in a capsule and ingest it, it's equivalent to about one drop really, is all that it's taking, like Samantha said, that were put in capsules and then ingested by volunteers.

And the results of the research show that ingesting this Spanish sage helps aid cognitive performance related to reaction time recognition abilities, memory, recall and alertness. And I like to say with essential oils, we often have side benefits instead of side effects. And so a side benefit that they found during this study was that the people who ingested the Spanish Sage capsules actually reported decreased fatigue as well. So other research demonstrated that ingesting Spanish Sage can help promote a sense of calm. And this is a highly desirable state of calm, but you are still able to have focus on what you're doing so you're not like tired or sleepy--you're just in a very calm and focused state.


Absolutely. That does sound like the ideal situation that we'd all like to be in.

Now, switching gears a little bit, Samantha, another great use for Spanish Sage is aromatically and diffusing. What are some of the situations where you would diffuse Spanish Sage?


I love diffusing Spanish Sage and I also love time-blocking. I'm a huge fan of time-blocking. So, when I know a chunk of focus time is coming up, I'll combine some Spanish Sage with Adaptiv or honestly, some Spanish Sage on its own too.

This really helps me get into the right mindset during my blocked out focused time and I find it can function best for me when diffused at this time of my day. I'll also use it in the home if I'm trying to focus and clean or get different tasks done, like Scott mentioned earlier, you know, working full time and being a caretaker of my son.

So it's definitely been a huge tool to help me get through my day: aromatically, internally and as Scott's been talking about this, I mean, I've heard all this before, but it's really cool to connect it and be like, "Oh, this is why I feel so great when I take Spanish Sage!" I love it!


Yes. And to round us out, Scott, what are some of the benefits and research that's been done on diffusing Spanish Sage?


The thing is essential oils are so great because you can use them in so many different ways to get benefits. We don't just have to ingest and we don't just have to inhale or apply. We can do it three different ways.

Well, the clinical research is also been performed on Spanish Sage and inhalation. And what they found with this research is that when you inhale Spanish Sage, it increases alertness. And so this was pretty simple how they did that. They didn't even put it in a diffuser during the study. They took five drops of the oil and mixed it in five milliliters of water. And then they put that on top of an aroma stone. And they just allowed that to naturally flash off or because of the volatility of the oil off the aroma stone, and all they did was inhale it for five minutes in this way.

So, I mean, everybody can find five minutes to inhale an oil like that to get these benefits. So, they did that right before they performed a cognitive test and performed better on the cognitive tests because of it.

So, this may be a great oil to diffuse when you need to be more alert or focused on a task.


Absolutely. Scott and Samantha, it is so incredible to talk to you and get a little bit deeper into these essential oils, especially when they're new, like the Spanish Sages is.

I know I have learned so much and cannot wait to incorporate this into my routine and get those side benefits and benefits from having this Spanish Sage in my life.

Thank you so much for being here!


Thank you.




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