Family Lamiaceae. This small, perennial bush, that can grow to 3 feet tall is a member of the mint family. It has woody stems near the base, tangy aromatic leaves and pale violet, white or pink flowers. The part used is the dried leaf from which sage oil is obtained by steam distillation. Geography: Indigenous to the Mediterranean, cultivated worldwide including Europe and the USA.
The Latin for sage, ‘Salvia,’ comes from the word ‘to heal.’ This is not surprising, as it is commonly used in skincare for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, astringent, and perspiration inhibiting qualities.
The name "Sage" highlights some of the plants qualities, which are believed to be evident when it is burned: imparting wisdom, providing clarity and increasing spiritual awareness.