Stunning Salvias


This week I had the pleasure of having an ½ hour ‘chat’ with Susun S. Weed on the Wise Woman Radio. You can listen to that on

The workshops I offer here in Central Otago, New Zealand, (at Viriditas Centre for Plant Directed learning, Herbal Resources and Gardens) are underway and full. I am taking expressions of interest for ‘The Traditions, Art and Science of Herbal Medicine’ beginning October 2019 and the 5 day ‘Plant Immersion Retreat’ in January 2020.

It will be a pleasure to have Linda Conroy of   USA, share this retreat with the group in 2019. A Wise and knowledgeable Herbalist, great cheesemaker, expert on vegetable ferments, and on responsible/ethical wild gathering of food and medicines.

I have added some new FREE downloads onto my website under ‘Resources’.

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I am welcoming several new Salvias into my garden this Spring.


Salvia multiorrhiza Dan Shen

Salvia off ‘Grete Stolzle’  (From Cromwell Polytech)

Salvia divinorum Divine sage

These are being added to the already much respected

Salvia officinalis (local ssp) Green Sage. I call it the Miners Sage as it is said they brought it to Central Otago along with the Thyme.

Salvia off. purpurea Purple sage

Salvia sclarea  Large leafed Clary Sage

Salvia apiana White desert sage or sacred sage


I love these hardy, easily grown, pungent and beautiful plants.

A more generalised view of their ‘affinities’ (see below for an explanation), would be that they are all protective in some way.

From the mental/emotional/spiritual protection triggered by the Salvia divinorum and Salvia apiana to the antioxidant effects of  Salvia multiorrhiza, Salvia officinalis,

Salvia off. purpurea and the skin protection  offered by Salvia sclarea , they all have anti-microbial activity as well.

More specifically, there is not a system in the body that Salvia multiorrhiza doesn’t have some affect on including the reproductive system.

As with Salvia officinalis the S. multiorrhiza has been said to trigger oestrogen receptors. Could be useful for women going through Menopause although I have not read that specifically (its well documented use to reduce Blood Pressure and Palpitations, improve circulation to the brain and support liver function could also be useful here).

This is my plant to focus on this year, I watch it every day, draw it,  look forward to living with it, getting to know ‘who’ it is and what it is about. Getting to know its ‘wholeness’ its ‘affinities’ its ‘Mauri’.

Affinities…I am now using this term instead of actions. I believe that describing a plant’s actions is akin to how we see Pharmaceutical drugs and their effects, the ‘this plant does that…’ A plant is a hugely complex being, diverse in the way it works when we use as medicine. Affinities therefore, better describes its ‘wholeness’.

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