The mission statement of the Herb Society of America is to "promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.
The Society is committed to protecting our global environment for the health and well- being of humankind and all growing things. We encourage gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture.
The Motto of the Society is taken from the herbalist, John Parkinson: "For Use and Delight"
Sage Salvia spp.
• HSA Notable NativeTM 2018, includes about 900 species worldwide, 47 are native to North America with an additional 15 naturalized species
• The genus name, from Latin salvo or salvus, meaning safe, whole, or healthy and later from Middle English sauge or sage, recognizes the value for medicinal use of many species.
• Includes annual, perennial, biennial and some woody shrubs
• Herbal uses include culinary, ornamental/fragrance, medical, ceremonial and are great pollinators
• Salvia officinalis is the most common culinary sage, there are other species used for flavoring as well
• Salvia columbariae and then S. hispancia are the seeds grown on “chia pets”
• Cosmetic uses include shampoo, soap, dye, and perfume
• Salvia species also have insect repellent properties
• Sage has been attributed to wisdom, long life, and improved memory.
• In the Victorian language of herbs, Sage symbolized esteem, youth, friendship, good health,
salvation and happy home
• Sage was used to treat illnesses ranging from palsy, liver disease, epilepsy, throat inflammation and
fevers in the Middle Ages. It was also considered a cure for warts, snake bites and perspiration.
• In the 16th century, sage was introduced to North America and was popular in pancake, tea and
bread recipes as well as butters
• Fertility treatments were one of the medicinal uses for sage from the Roman Empire to the 18th century.
• Sage was the most popular herb in the United States until World War II
• It has been said that if sage flourishes in a home garden, it is a sign that the wife is in charge
of the household. If sage thrives and flourishes in the garden, the garden owner’s business
with thrive and flourish as well.