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Sage 'Rocky'; Salvia officinalis


This is a sage I found in a friends garden, thus the name Rocky's sage. I don't know which cultivar of the common sage it is, maybe it is just common sage. This sage grows to a substantial bush, one by one meter at least. It has a very pronounced sage flavour and stands well through Katoomba winters.

Salvia is a huge genus of plants in the mint family with nearly 1000 species.

The name salvia derives from the Latin salvere, meaning “to be saved”—a sign of its value throughout history. Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug.

Some of the medical uses include:

  • treat sore throats and coughs
  • rheumatism
  • excessive menstrual bleeding
  • dry up a mother's milk when nursing was stopped
  • strengthening the nervous system
  • improving memory
  • sharpening the senses
  • reduce menopausal sweats.

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