This kitchen favorite, with its lemony sent, was employed by early healers as a digestive, gargle, nerve tonic, and poultice. Salvia officinalis Is a perennial evergreen shrub in the mint family that originated in the Mediterranean. The plants reach two feet in height, with woolly leaves of gray–green and flowers of blue or cream. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and the healers of India valued it for increasing fertility, curing palsy, and as a brain tonic. It is known to have anti-bacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and astringent properties, and is used to treat diarrhea, colds, throat infections, hot flashes, and excess perspiration. It reduces outbreaks of oral or general herpes and is showing effectiveness against Alzheimer’s.