Herbs Guide

Clary Sage

Family Name: Labiatae

Botanical Name(s): Salvia Sclarea

Popular Name(s): Cleareye and Muscatel Sage

Parts Used: The herb and Leaves

Habitat: The herb is common to South West and Central Europe to Central Asia.

Description: Perennial, aromatic herb, very hairy, with large, oval, light green, leaves which are up to 23 cm long. The margins of the leaves are concave. Whorls of small white to purple flowers encircle the stem, enclosed by long lilac bracts. Flowers appear in spring and summer.

Uses: Combats nausea, vomiting, menstrual complaints and stimulates the appetite. Fritters are made from the young leaves, and the flowers are brewed as a tea or added to salads. The young leaves are infused with elderflowers in wine, which gives a muscatel bouquet to the wine, and are also used to flavor vermouth and other liqueurs.