(Salvia officinalis) derived from the Latin word salvus which means “to save” alluding to the healing properties of the plant. It is native to the Mediterranean Sea area. It is in the healing mint family.

Modern science is beginning to confirm the ancient healing properties of sage. It is has properties that can help in the aid of sweating,  lowering blood sugar,  aids in the digestion of heavy, greasy meats, preventing oxidation. It increases estrogen and helps treat menopausal sweats. It is a tonic that keeps the stomach, intestines, kidneys, lover, and spleen, and the sexual organs healthy. It a powerful antioxidant.

The flavor of sage is warm and pungent. It can be chopped fresh or dried leaves and then added to salads, stuffings, squash, pickles, meat dishes, and cheese.