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Salvia. - Synonym. - Sage. The leaves of Salvia officinalis Linn6 (nat. ord. Labiata).
Southern Europe; cultivated.
About 5 cm. long, petiolate, ovate-oblong, obtuse or subacute at the apex, rounded or somewhat heart-shaped at the base, finely crenu-late, thickish, wrinkled, grayish green, soft-hairy and glandular beneath; odor aromatic; taste aromatic, bitterish, and somewhat astringent.
Dose, 1/4 to 1 dr.; 1. to 4. gm.
It is used chiefly as a condiment, and it is said to be beneficial in checking the perspiration of hectic fever.