Salvia officinalis, the common sage or just sage, is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers.It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and native to the Mediterranean Region, though it has been naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times it has been used as an ornamental garden plant.
The Albanian Sage Plant – The Queen of Medical Plants
- Albania’s pride is the the Sage, known in Albanian as “Sherebela” and scientifically as “Salvia Officinalis”
The Albanian Sage is the queen of Albanian herbs.
- The Albanian sage is very required worldwide.
- According to statistics, 70 % of all sage imported to the U.S.A. comes from Albania, where is considered a unique and autochthonous Albanian herb.
- Also, almost 15% of Albanian sage is re-exported from Germany and Turkey to other markets.
- The Albanian sage makes up 80% of the total medicinal herbs exported to other countries worldwide.
- Albanian Sage has a very aromatic and savory taste that is thought to be superior to the more common sage varieties.
- Dried sage leaves can be used in cooking as a spice. Sage can also be taken internally as a liquid, spray, lozenge, capsule, or tablet.
Sage has several proven health benefits
- Relieving headache and sore throat pain
- Reducing oxidative stress in the body
- Protecting against free radical damage
- Reducing inflammation
- Protecting against bacterial and viral infections
- Supporting digestion
- Protecting against memory loss
- Reducing depression or improving mood