Salvia Officinalis

Sage is a native plant of the Mediterranean countries and can be found on almost every mountain side and coasts of southern Europe. The ancient Greeks would use it as a superdrug. Its therapeutic properties have been described by Dioscourides, Galinos and Hippocrates. Many relative references can also be found in middle age testimonials. Its latin name, salvia, comes from the verb salvere which means “to save/to cure”. Its use as a spice in cooking as well as in pharmaceutics has made it popular in many countries.