Salvia is a genus of about 1000 species of annual or perennial herbs and shrubs, distributed throughout the world, from Central and South America to Central Asia and Mediterranean Europe. It is the largest genus of plants which belong to the mint family Lamiaceae. Salvia, commonly known as Sage, has colorful, slender, tubular-shaped and nectar-rich flowers and often aromatic leaves. It is perfect for bedding, borders and containers and it is great for bringing butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
The name Salvia is derived from the Latin word "salvere", which means: "health; heal; to feel well and healthy", as the plant is known for its healing properties.
Salvia means thoughtfulness, longevity, wisdom and good health.
Interesting facts about Salvia:
From the ancient times, up to the late Middle Ages, Salvia has a long history of medical use and it has always been a very important addition to the medicinal arsenal.
The plant was used to treat headaches, rheumatism, diarrhea and anemia.
Sage tea was used as as a sore-throat remedy and as an aid to digestion.
Sage is now being examined closely for the value of the natural estrogens it contains.
There is also a possibility that Sage may help with some symptoms of menopause.
Some constituents in Sage have been found to be antioxidant.
Salvia divinorum, native to Oaxaca, Mexico, is used in performing rituals for curing people and it is also well known as a psychoactive plant, having highly hallucinogenic properties.
Salvia divinorum is legal in most cases, while in some countries there is some form of control.
Other varieties of the Salvia flower are thought to be safe and are used in culinary traditions all over the world.
Another popular use is in smudge sticks. It is thought that the smoke from the Sage as it burns will remove any negative energy around. The most popular species used in smudge sticks is Salvia apiana. Some believe the only proper smudge stick is made from Salvia.