Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Prefers sunny position – cannot grow in shade.  Can tolerate moist or dry soil – is drought resistant.

A common culinary herb with strongly aromatic leaves used as a flavouring in cooked foods. Can be eaten raw in salads etc.  A tea can be made from fresh or dried leaves and is said to aid digestion.

A traditional medicinal herb, used as far back as Roman and Egyptian times, Sage is used to treat a whole manner of ailments including digestive disorders, night sweats, anxiety, depression and menopausal problems. Externally, it is used to treat insect bites, skin, throat, mouth and gum infections due to its antiseptic qualities. The name Salvia is derived from the Latin word salvere, which means ‘health; heal; to feel well and healthy’.

A good companion for many plants, including rosemary, cabbages and carrots.  It is said to repel insects when planted with other crops, especially brassicas as its strong aroma confuses the pests.

Sage has a very long history across cultures being burnt to cleanse and purify the air.


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