Sage loves the sun and rocky terrain, thus it flourishes in southern Greece and particularly in the Peloponnese and the islands. In antiquity it was believed to be a panacea for a wide range of ailments. References to its medicinal properties abound in the writings of the great healers of antiquity (e.g. Hippocrates, Dioskourides, Galen).

Properties-Uses: As a beverage it improves memory, has antiseptic properties and helps to cure pharyngitis and common colds. In cooking it is used to season meat, pasta, broths and sauces.

Preparation: Add a teaspoon of sage to 250 ml water. When it comes to the boil remove from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes. Strain and drink it hot or cold.