The common sage, S. officinalis, native to the Mediterranean region, is grown for its rough-textured, wooly leaves. These aromatic leaves, either fresh or dried, are used to flovor such meats as pork and sausage, cheese, and poultry seasoning. An essential oil is also produced from the leaves and used to flavor food, beverages, and perfumes. Sage tea has long been believed to be a spring tonic, increasing circulation, improving memory, and promoting longevity. Another medicinal herb, known as clary, S. sclarea, was used in past centuries in eyewashes to reduce inflammation.
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