It is native to the Mediterranean region and commonly grown as a kitchen and medicinal herb or as an ornamental garden plant. Sage has extensive bacteriostatic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Often used as a mouthwash or gargle to treat inflammations and irritations of the mouth and throat. Sage's is useful to quiet nervousness, remedy digestive disturbances, and treat respiratory problems. Sage is used extensively in the kitchen to add a unique flavor to salads, egg dishes, soups, stews, meats, and vegetables. It is used to flavor vinegars and tea.