Ancient civilizations used sage as the cure for almost all diseases. It had the status of a sacred plant and it was the symbol of fertility, good health and long life. Its power is perhaps best described by axiom originated in Salerno:

Why should die the man in whose garden grows sage?


The ancient Greeks and Romans first used sage as a meat preservative. They also believe it could enhance memory. Its Latin name Salvia tell us much about its reputation and gratitude by the people at that time feel to it because the name Salvia comes from the Latin word “salvus” which mean saved, healthy. Pliny prescribed it for snakebite, epilepsy, intestinal worms, chest ailments, and menstruation promotion. Dioscorides considered it a diuretic and menstruation promoter and recommended sage leaves as bandages for wounds. Around the 10th century, Arab physicians believe sage extended life to the point of immortality. After the Crusades, this belief showed up in Europe where the saying : “Why should a man die who grows sage in his garden?” evolved. Charlemagne ordered sage grown in the medicinal herb gardens on his imperial farms and the French called the herb toute bonne, meaning all’s well.

Dalmatian Sage

Salvia officinalis