Sage is a native plant of the Mediterranean countries and can be found on almost every mountain side and coast of southern Europe. The ancient Greeks would use it as a super drug. Its therapeutic properties have been described by Dioscourides, Galinos and Hippocrates. The Latins held it as a sacred plant and used it during their sacred ceremonies, because they believed that it grants longevity.
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 seasoning in cooking as well as in pharmaceutics has made it popular in many countries.