What Does Sage Smell Like? Shocking, Fascinating & Wonderful Facts

Many times, people would ask me things such as “what does Sage smell like”, or how to describe scents of a particular plant such as monkey grass. As a naturally-born plant enthusiast, I get to enjoy their aromas unsurprisingly. The fact that I am able to identify different kinds of plants with my eyes closed makes me feel really delighted and proud. For people who are curious about Sage’s distinctive incense, this article is dedicated to you!


What Does Sage Smell LikeGet to know the FactsWhat is Sage?There are different kinds of Sage Varieties.​Why is it Important to Know the Scent of Sage?What does Sage Smell like?Conclusion


Get to know the Facts

What is Sage?

Sage is one of my favorite herbal plants around. It is very popular not only to professionals because of its numerous beneficial uses in the field of medicine but also to people who are working in the field of food and beverages.

This evergreen shrub grown in the lands of Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and United States geographically is scientifically called Salvia Officinalis. It belongs to the family of mint.​

You would often see this herb being paired with different kinds of green leafy vegetables and other recipes for salad. On top of that, this plant can be used as an enhancer in almost all kinds of meat.

Sage herbs are very good antidote for respiratory problems (asthma, colds, and clogged sinuses) and digestive issues (such as diarrhea, flatulence, gastritis, and heartburn). Psychologically, some of its curative effects address focus on anxiety, depression and memory loss. Sage is also known to cause feelings of euphoria and phantasms. For menopausal women, this herb can correct hot flushes.

Another word that would come to your mind when you hear Salvia should be “low-maintenance”. Taking care of them is very easy and convenient.

There are different kinds of Sage Varieties.​

Chia and Golden Chia

Chia and Golden Chia

You may read the significant contributions of the several kinds of Sage plants in gastronomic field and medicinal arena below:

  • Chia and Golden Chia – considered as one of the superfoods of those who are health conscious. This kind of Sage is highly nutritious as it is abundantly rich in antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids).​
  • Cleaveland Sage – the scent of this Sage is very distinctive and for that reason, it is widely utilized for cooking. Be cautious, however, in putting large amounts because it can definitely alter the taste of your culinary product. A Cleveland sage tea is can help relieve respiratory ailments.
  • Diviner’s Sage – not all states are allowed to plant and use this kind of herb. This is medically used to address psychological disconnection and/or hyperactivation.
  • Garden Sage – if you wanted a different twist for your fatty meat viands, this type is perfect for you. Distilled oils can be extracted from Garden Sage. A known multi-purpose plant, it can be cooked, used as a cure and used for decorations!
  • Giant White Sage – if you are fond of cleansing incense, you might want to try this for an alternative. This very good mucosal and lactation suppressant can be served as teas or porridge.
  • Greek Sage – you can use this if you are looking for ingredients of essential oils and incense. This is the type of Sage contains wasp galls (sage apples) which are enjoyed raw by simply peeling and eating it.
  • Pineapple Sage – traditional medicines claim that this with this Sage, anxiety attacks can be decreased
  • Tobacco Sage – known to cause hallucinations for those who use it. People who are having agitated respiratory tract secretions such as in your pharynx (throat) or sinuses are advised to utilize Tobacco Sage. This plant suppresses milk production hence it should not be prescribed to mothers who are breastfeeding.

Why is it Important to Know the Scent of Sage?

The Scent of Sage

The Scent of Sage

​The plant taxonomy (the Mint family or Lamiaceae from Lamiales scientifically) where Sage belongs also has other well-known herbs such as Basils, Mints, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme. These plants are all widely held aromatic herbs. Knowing their distinct smell will avoid confusion that could lead to

  1. Uncured medical symptoms​
  2. Spoiling tastes of food

What does Sage Smell like?

After finding out that Sage a recognized source of incense, tea, and flavor enhancers, you must be convinced about its strong aromatic features already.

How to properly smell Sage? Some Sage herbs (Cleaveland for example) emit a very strong odor even without touching it. Alternatively, you can extract the fragrance of other sages by gently crushing them in our fingers before sniffing.

Finally, after the long wait, the attar of Sage can be described as:

  • Warm – as you inhale Sage, you will immediately feel its menthol effects;​
  • Astringent – There is a sharp, cooling effect sensation as the aroma travels to your olfactory nerves after. You can get the same feeling when you smell toothpaste or mint gums!


Sage herbs are very useful for people from different walks of life. Sage has many features that can stimulate our senses like smell. Anatomically, there is a connection between your sense of smell and taste. Be reminded of this because the description of Sage’s smell can be perfectly associated with its taste!

What does the smell of Sage make you feel? Share your reactions in the comment box below.​

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