Salvia in Bulgarian translates as horse basil. It is one of the spices that is deeply rooted in Bulgaria cuisine.
Salvia leaves are used as spice and herb. The slightly bitter and spicy taste makes it suitable for poultry, oily fish, mutton, cheese, eggs, etc. Its strong aroma makes it an excellent spice for homemade sausages.
Salvia has been known to Bulgarians for centuries for its healing properties. Salvia is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-clotting action. It is used in treating diseases of the respiratory system and the digestive tract. It has desensitizing effect on ulcers and gastritis. It helps decreasing sweating and calms sudden hot flushes during menopause. Salvia tea drink is good against insomnia, depression, fatigue, headaches. It also improves memory and is recommended for Alzheimer’s and dementia.