Between botany, legends and history
The sage family tree boasts illustrious relatives. In the Lamiaceae family we find aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme, oregano and rosemary. This evergreen and perennial species is on average half a metre tall and can be recognised, in addition to the unmistakable aroma, thanks to the green-grey elongated oval leaves (covered with fine hairs). It loves the sun and blooms between June and July, producing branches of purple or lilac petals.
In ancient times its innumerable properties (a medicinal remedy, a gastronomic flavour, a secret of well-being and a recipe for "eternal" beauty) even led to believe that it was the antidote to every evil: the elixir of a long healthy life and the synthesis of the perfect balance between body and mind.
At the time of the Greeks and Romans it was a sacred plant, whose collection represented a privilege for the few; in Ancient Egypt it was associated with immortality and according to Chinese tradition it procures longevity; the Middle Ages chose it as a portentous healing agent for the most difficult wounds and sores.
But have you ever stopped to investigate all the possible applications, beyond myths and beliefs?