‘Greek Common Sage’

Sage / Sauge / Φασκόμηλο


Common Name: Sage / Sauge / Φασκόμηλο

Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis


Plant’s cycle: Perennial

Light Requirement: Semi-shade and Full Sun

Soil type: well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position. Prefers a calcareous soil. Dislikes heavy or acid soils.

Sowing in nursery: March

Direct Planting: April

Germination: 14 to 21 days after sowing

Harvest: The leaves are best harvested before the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use

Spacing: 50cm/50cm/3cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: Insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Leaves.

Medicine: Antidiarrhoeal;  Antihydrotic;  Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Appetizer;  Aromatherapy;  Astringent;  Carminative;  Cholagogue;  Galactofuge;  Stimulant;  Tonic;  Vasodilator

The leaves applied to an aching tooth will often relieve the pain. The whole herb is antihydrotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, galactofuge, stimulant, tonic and vasodilator. Sage is also used internally in the treatment of excessive lactation, night sweats, excessive salivation (as in Parkinson's disease), profuse perspiration (as in TB), anxiety, depression, female sterility and menopausal problems. This remedy should not be prescribed to pregnant women or to people who have epileptic fits. Externally, it is used to treat insect bites, skin, throat, mouth and gum infections and vaginal discharge.

Other Uses: Compost; Essential; Repellent;

Known Hazards: This remedy should not be prescribed to pregnant women or to people who have epileptic fits. The plant is toxic in excess or when taken for extended periods - though the toxic dose is very large. In larger doses, however, it can cause epileptic fits, giddiness etc.