Sage, Salvia officinalis
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Sage is a perennial that likes good drainage and full sun. Plant on hills or in lighter soils. Grows to about 10-12 inches and flowers are a beautiful light purple. Best to harvest right before flowering, but leave a few flowering stalks to eat on salads and as a garnish. They are amazing!
PART USED: leafy above ground portion
FUNCTION: The Latin name for this plant is “the official healing plant”. Salvia means “to heal” and officials means “official”.
Sage contains a wealth of well being- with antiseptic, astringent, digestive and anti-inflammatory actions. I like any left over tea to use as a hair rinse, too.