Salvia officinalis. N.O. Labiateae.
Synonym ► Garden Sage. Habitat ► Cultivated in gardens.
Features ► Stem and leaves reddish, grows up to about twelve inches. Stem quadrangular, slightly hairy. Leaves stalked, oblong-lanceolate, rounded at ends, crenulate at margins, reticulated both sides. Flowers labiate, reddish-purple. Taste, powerfully aromatic.
Part used ► Leaves.
Action ► Aromatic, astringent, tonic, stomachic.
In the treatment of laryngitis, inflammation of throat and tonsils, and ulceration of mouth and throat. The 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion in frequent wineglass doses is given as an internal medicine, the gargle and mouth wash being made as follows ► Pour 1 pint of hot malt vinegar on to 1 ounce of the Red Sage leaves, adding 1/2 pint of cold water.
Both Red Sage and the green-leaved variety are extensively used in the kitchen as a flavouring and digestive,
Red Sage will also tend to darken grey hair—see “Toilet Recipes.”