Its scientific name comes from the Latin word salvere, which means “save”. Latins used it in religious ceremonies, as they believed it brought longevity.

In ancient Greece, sage was referred to as a holy herb, since it was believed to drive away death, according to references found in the works of Dioscorides, Theophrastus, Hippocrates, Galen and others.

In Medieval times (800-1250 AC), Arabs used the following proverb for this common herb: How can a man die who has sage in his garden?

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