Native American Indians use sage to cleanse spaces. They call it ‘smudging’. Its proper name is ‘salvia’, which comes from the Latin ‘salvere’. It means ‘to be in good health’.

Sage is a herbal aid to digestion, hence ‘sage and onion stuffing’. It is a cleansing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory plant. It is known to alleviate menstrual problems and chest infections. Many women find it helpful during menopause as it relieves hot flushes.

Grow it in a tub in the garden, and rub the leaves through your fingers as you pass. If you are ever stung by an insect , rub the leaves on the area and the pain will fade.