Salvia officinalis Whole leaf is actually pulverized (rubbing process). Sage (also known as salvia) is an ancient herb from the Mediterranean region. For centuries it was loved for its culinary and medicinal qualities. It is one of the most used herbs in America. The flavor is smoky, musky, pungent, and slightly minty. It takes the edge off rich foods with strong flavors. It is one of the few herbs that don't loose a great deal of their flavor when dried.