Garden Sage or Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a small perennial flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean and naturalised in many other parts of the world. It has a long history of both culinary and medicinal uses.

Sage: Latin name: (Genus) Salvia; (Species) S. officinalis.

Indeed, Sage has been renowned across centuries for its various healing properties, and has over time been recommended in the treatment of virtually every ailment imaginable, as well as being promoted as an all-round mind and body tonic.

Traditionally Sage has been revered for its antiseptic and antibiotic qualities, and in this regard has been used to treat throat, lung and other respiratory infections, as well as persistent coughs.

This most versatile of herbs has also been used in the treatment of rheumatism, nervous disorders and excessive menstrual bleeding.

And delving back into the mists of time, the ancient Egyptians used Sage as a fertility drug.

Today Sage is promoted as an astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, oestrogenic and hypoglycaemic, and has even been trialled with some success in the management of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease (

Modern herbalists indicate Sage for a broad range of ailments, including infections, abscesses, asthma, cuts, coughs, sore throats, mouth ulcers, gum disease, dyspepsia and symptoms of menopause.

Also to limit excessive sweating, relieve mild depression and nervous anxiety, as well as to treat liver and skin disorders and to act as a general tonic.

To make a tea: Add water just below boiling point to a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Sage, allow to brew, then simply strain and sip.

For further information on the properties and use of Sage we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.