Salvia's Long History of Medical Use
The genus name Salvia comes from the Latin word "salvare," which means to save. Many species have a long history of use in folk remedies around the world and in cultures ranging from ancient China and Rome to Colonial America and South Africa. Ongoing scientific research is delving into the value of these plants' chemicals for purposes ranging from cancer treatment to food preservation.
We lead off this issue of Salvia Guru with a South Korean study about the potential of Salvia plebeia (Li zhi cao) for treating arthritis. Salvias are glorious in the home and public landscape, but they also show promise of modern healing. It's a topic you can expect to learn more about at Salvia Guru. Please spread the word about our free subscriptions, and the saving nature of this wonderful genus.