A non-equilibrium solid phase micro-extraction application was tested for the rapid extraction of essential oil from single oil glands of sage and the oil components compared with those determined by solvent extract and distillation. Oil glands were directly ruptured with a polydimethylsiloxane-coated fused silica fibre and the essential oil was sorbed. Three insertion levels of an individual plant of Salvia officinalis involving an immature apical young leaf, an expanding and a fully developed leaf, respectively, were used to determine the applicability of this method. Thirty-eight components in the oil could be identified by GC-MS. The method only showed small semi-quantitative differences compared with conventional methods. Chemical variation of single oil glands within the immature and premature leaf was higher than within the homogeneous mature leaf. The intermediary, still-expanding leaf was used to carry out a detailed study of the glands. The basal region of the intermediary leaf contained compounds in high conformity with the young leaf trichomes. The remaining oil glands of this leaf showed inconsistent accumulation patterns.
Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid Microchemistry Plant Leaves/chemistry Plant Oils/analysis* Principal Component Analysis Salvia officinalis/chemistry* Sesquiterpenes/analysis*