Sage (Salvia officinalis)


Also Known as: Garden Sage, Common Sage

Uses: Culinary potherb, Medicinal, Tea

Parts Used: Leaves

Garden sage or common sage is a perennial, evergreen plant that is native to the Mediterranean region.  It has naturalized in many places throughout the world and is much revered for the strong, aromatic, smoky flavor it imparts to meats and stews.  It is, of course, the signature ingredient in Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.  

Since ancient times, sage has been credited with many attributes such as warding off evil, increasing women’s fertility and treating snakebites. The name salvia is from the Latin salvere, meaning to save, and refers to its many medicinal uses. As a tea or inhalant, sage is useful in treating respiratory ailments, asthma and nasal blockages. Decoctions of sage leaves can be used as a disinfectant due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.  

We favor the use of sage leaves in our Happy Bee Herbal Sprinkles where its use enhances the tastes of everything from salads to sauces, eggs to meats and casseroles.

Garden Tips:

Sage is a Mediterranean plant by nature and thrives in hot or cool, dry enviroments. Stratify seeds for several weeks and then sow them indoors. Expect germination in about 10-14 days. Transplant outside, 12 inches apart, in mid to late spring. This clumping herb requires light to moderate watering. It likes sun and well-drained soil.

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