Salvia Officinalis L., Growing Popularity and Environmental Implications for the Use of Common Sage

Smith, Jordan (2011) Salvia Officinalis L., Growing Popularity and Environmental Implications for the Use of Common Sage. [Abstract]

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Abstract

(Salvia Officinalis) is the most common species of sage. Although Sage has been known about and used for many years, Carl Linnaeus first documented and described the plant in 1753. Salvia in Latin translates ‘to heal’ and Officinalis translates to officina- the actual office in a Monastery where medicines were stored. Aside the scientific name that Linnaeus introduces, there are many other common names and uses for sage. Before modern technologies and understandings of medicine, Salvia Officinalis was being used for its culinary, gardening, and most importantly its medicinal properties. Although it is not a highly recognized plant in the United States for its medicinal qualities, it grows in abundance across the country. Through the study of ethnobotany and homeopathic medicine that is becoming ever more popular., there has been an increase in research on herbs with medicinal properties. Now, with new and more in-depth understanding of these plants we can better utilize them and steer away from pharmaceutical drugs. With our growing population, there is not enough wild sage to support our needs. Therefore in order to provide sage to people it must be cultivated. Cultivation of Salvia Officinalis is recommended on a small scale for personal use. Then fresh leaves and stems are available as needed as well as materials that can be dried and used at later times. Cultivating sage can be done in your herb, f lower, or veggie garden providing you with medicine and additionally adding color and aroma to the landscape.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 6th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Salvia Officinalis, Sage, ethnobotany, homeopathic medicine, Alternative Medicine, Environmental Aspects, Environmental Impact Analysis, Cultivation, Treatment, Homeopathy, Medicinal Plants, Plant Products, Plant Life Cycle, Plant Ecology
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
NBS Symposium
Interdisciplinary > Pre-Health
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Public Health
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 14:31
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 14:31
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/371


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