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Sage has been famous since ancient times.

It is perennial subshrub that grows in Mediterranean countries. Many people confuse it with Mountain Tea (or Shepherd’s Tea) but they have no connection at all.

Its scientific name (Salvia officinalis) comes from the genus of Salvia, which is a derivative of the latin verb ‘salvare’, which means ‘heal’ or ‘save’.

It prefers to grow on rocky and barren earth which is exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

Its leaves have grey-green colour, a length of 3 to 10 centimeters and its flowers have light blue or lavender colour.

We use mostly the leaves but the flowers as well.

We collect them right before flowering or at its beginning, when the weather is dry and sunny, from May to June. It is dried in temperature that doesn’t go higher than 35o C.

It has a strong fragrance and slight bitter taste.

It is high in properties and that’s why it is cultivated for pharmaceutical reasons, it is used as a spice in food and as an infusion as well. In general, it is a herb with many uses.


Sage was considered to be a sacred herb in ancient Greece and it was devoted to god Zeus.

It was used widely by Dioscorides, Hippocrates, Aetius and Galen in ancient Greece.

Women used to use it in order to increase their fertility and as anticonvulsant during their menstrual cycle.

It was also used against snake and insect biting.

The Egyptians and the Arabs also used to use it widely.

Chinese people used to appreciate it a lot as well and they used to exchange their tea with sage during their commercial exchanges with Dutch people.

Medicinal properties

The most fascinating medicinal property of sage is the fact that it regulates perspiration (it starts 2 hours after we have drunk it and it can keep for many days).

It is rich in calcium and vitamin A.

It has antibiotic, antifungal, antispasmodic and hypoglycemic properties.

It is astringent, stimulant and energizer, it creates a feeling of warmth in the stomach, it eases digestion and it is diuretic.

It is a herb that can raise significantly progesterone levels. It is very useful against the symptoms of menopause and dysmenorrhea, especially when it comes to transpiration.

It can heal mouth ulcers, gingivitis, pharyngitis and any wound in the mouth. It helps against cough and sinusitis because of its mucolytic properties.

Sage is recommended for any type of weakness because it stimulates and strengthens the nerves and the circulatory system.

Thanks to its antioxidants it has the ability to fight free radicals which are responsible for many chronic diseases.

It strengthens and tones tired and sore muscles.

It improves memory and insight, that’s why it should be used by people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

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