Sage, Salvia officinalis, has been used by the herbalists from all time, being likewise employed as a flavor in culinary directions. Pliny (514), Theophrastus (633), and other early writers mention this plant, which is now cultivated in all temperate regions of the world. It is still employed in decoctions as a domestic medicinal drink, and when bruised the fresh herb is applied as a poultice to sprains and swellings. Its empirical use antedates its employment in systematic medicine.
The History of the Vegetable Drugs of the U.S.P., 1911, was written by John Uri Lloyd.