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The dried leaves of Salvia officinalis (family Labiatae), garden or meadow sage; it inhibits secretory activity, especially of the sweat glands, and was also formerly used in treatment of bronchitis and inflammation of the throat.
Synonym(s): sage


1. Any of various plants of the genus Salvia of the mint family, having opposite leaves, a two-lipped corolla, and two stamens.
2. A preparation made from the dried or crushed leaves of Salvia divinorum, or from an extract of the leaves, usually smoked, chewed, or ingested to produce a hallucinatory effect.


(sal've-a) [L. salvia, sage (the herb)]
A genus of herbs in the mint family

Salvia divinorum

A species native to Mexico, chewed or smoked for its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects.

Salvia hispanica

See: chia

Salvia miltiorrhiza

A species native to China and Japan, valued for its roots as a traditional Chinese herbal remedy. It has been used to treat cardiovascular diseases. Its effectiveness is unproven in humans. It increases the risk of bleeding and should be avoided by patients taking aspirin, warfarin, and other antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs. Synonym: danshen
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Great Comp Garden near Sevenoaks, Kent, is host to one of Europe's largest salvia collections.
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Then during the summer and towards the arrival of autumn, gather your semiripe cuttings of penstemon, salvias and marguerites.
What further complicates the comparison between Salvia and other drugs, however, is the fact that many Salvia users in Lebanon are as young as 11 or 12.
The flowers of Salvia are bome in groups (verticillasters) or sometimes solitary either in the leaf axils or in inflorescences at the apices of branches.
La mayoria de las especies de Salvia se agrupan en el subgenero Calosphace (Benth.) Epling, taxon americano y monofiletico (Walker et al., 2004).
En este estado, Salvia concentra 58.6% de la riqueza de la familia con 62 especies, incluyendo dos variedades y una subespecie, seguido de Stachys con 12.5% (13 especies), Hyptis con 7.6% (8 especies) y Scutellaria con 6.7% (7 especies); para los demas generos se encontraron de 1 a 3 especies (Cuadro 1).
The researchers started by grinding seeds from Salvia hispanica to obtain flour granules with a size of 1 mm to 2 mm.
Salvias are long flowering, with the potential to put on a great show through much of the summer and into autumn.
The genus name Salvia is derived from Latin word 'salvare' meaning 'to heal or to be safe and unharmed' referring to the medicinal properties of some of the species (BLUMENTHAL & al., 2000).