Need some wisdom? Meet your new gorgeous mascot: the silvery-green sage leaf, an herb that’s closely tied to wisdom. Described best by Plato, a sage is the person who lives “according to an ideal which transcends the everyday.” You can transcend the everyday with Janet’s delicate rendering of it. The leaves here of Salvia officinalis are models of beauty, almost velvety, then dipped in gold.
Wear this velvety leaf and you will always act wisely.
Loved by philosophers for millennial, sage is an herb from the mint family that grows most prolifically in the Mediterranean. Sure it’s the flavor behind that Thanksgiving turkey, but steep those leaves in hot water to brew a tea that can give a mental boost (thanks to an essential oil called thujone).
While Native American shamans smudged with sage—a ritual that changes the ionic composition of the air for purity of the space—it is truly one of the herbs with the longest histories. In the 10th century, it was believed to be help achieve immortality.
It was the herb of the year in 2001, declared by International Herb Association.