The sage family has over 750 species, consisting of annuals, biennials, perennials, herbs, shrubs and sub-shrubs, and can be found throughout the world.
The Latin name Salvia comes from salveo which means “I save” or “I heal” with some species having a very strong medicinal background.
Believed to aid digestion, sage was added to many meats and stuffings during the Middle Ages.
Common garden sage is rich in volatile terpene compounds, which give the herb its initial fresh and citrusy aromas. These same compounds can be toxic to the nervous system if consumed in high quantities.