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Salvia officinalis (Garden Sage)

Salvia officinalis (Garden Sage) is native to the Mediterranean region.  Garden Sage can be used for culinary purposes. It is a great addition to salads, pasta dishes, soups, beans, cabbage, and eggplant. Traditionally,  garden sage was added to meats as a preservative and flavoring.


The medicinal properties of Salvia officinalis (Garden Sage) include it being an antiseptic, astringent, and nerve tonic. Garden Sage has also been known to clear mucus therefore, it is a classic remedy for sore throats, coughs, and colds.  It is suggested that garden sage be used as a gargle to treat mouth sores, gingivitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Traditionally,  garden sage has been used to ease indigestion and flatulence (gas).

Antiseptic ( substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms) Astringent (causes the contraction of body tissues, typically of the skin) Nerve Tonic (strengthens and restores the nervous system)

Garden sage is thought to be effective in reducing hot flashes and night sweats which makes it particularly useful during menopause. It is also thought to be helpful in improving blood

flow during menstruation and therefore a  remedy for irregular or scanty periods.  Garden Sage has been used traditionally by mothers to decrease breast-milk production while weaning their child(ren) from the breast. Lastly, garden sage should not be used during pregnancy because it stimulates the uterine muscles.

The part of the Salvia officinalis (Garden Sage) plant used is the leaves.


Kimberly Johnson


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Hoffmann, D. (2003). Materia Medica. In Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine (p. 580). Healing Arts Press.

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