Sage is an herb that comes from a perennial, evergreen shrub with a long history of medicinal and culinary uses. From the mint family, common sage has woody stems, and velvety greyish-green leaves. Savory and peppery, this herb originated in the Mediterranean and Balkan regions.
Sage is known for its naturally antiseptic, preserving, and bacteria-killing qualities in meat. Its leaves, when steeped in hot water to make a tea, have also been said to ease depression.