Greek Sage

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Greek Oregano, Salvia fruticosa, Salvia Griega, Salvia triloba, Sauge de Crète, Sauge de Grèce, Sauge Grecque, Sauge Trilobée, Sauge à Trois Lobes, Three-Lobe Sage.


Greek sage is a plant. The leaves are used to make a medicinal tea.

People take Greek sage tea for sore (inflamed) mouth and throat.

Greek sage is sometimes found, though rarely, in common sage (Salvia officinalis) as a contaminant.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how Greek sage might work.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Sore mouth and throat.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Greek sage for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

It is not known if Greek sage is safe or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Greek sage during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


HexobarbitalInteraction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Hexobarbital can cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Greek sage might increase the effects of hexobarbital. Taking Greek sage along with hexobarbital might cause too much sleepiness.


The appropriate dose of Greek sage depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Greek sage. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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