Salvia. - Synonym. - Sage. The leaves of Salvia officinalis Linn6 (nat. ord. Labiata).

Habitat

Southern Europe; cultivated.

Characters

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.

Composition

It contains - (1) A volatile oil, containing Salviol, C10 H18O, Cineol and Pinene. (2) Resin. (3) Tannic acid.

Dose, 1/4 to 1 dr.; 1. to 4. gm.

Action And Uses Of Sage

It is used chiefly as a condiment, and it is said to be beneficial in checking the perspiration of hectic fever.