Meaning – Long Life
Sage was very big player in the middle ages. Officinalis, refers to the plant’s importance in medicinal use—the officina was the traditional herb and medicine storeroom of a monastery.
Sge was sometimes also called S. salvatrix (sage the saviour). It has some of the best ancient testimonials, many referring to its miraculous healing properties. An Anglo-Saxon manuscript read “Why should man die when he has sage?”
John Gerard‘s Herball (1597) states that sage “is singularly good for the head and brain, it quickeneth the senses and memory, strengtheneth the sinews, restoreth health to those that have the palsy, and taketh away shakey trembling of the members.” After all, who wants a trembly member?