Seen as a lucky plant generally. Eating this on nine consecutive mornings was said to relieve the ague but only if you were also fasting so it was believed in southern England. It was also once believed to provide a cure for asthma when the dried leaves were smoked in a pipe whilst fresh leaves rubbed on the gums would clean and strengthen the teeth and gums. The herb comes in many colours and has a spicy fragrance and purplish flowers. Reputed to have many healing properties its botanical name comes from the Latin salvere meaning to save. Used to relieve sore throats, gums, typhoid fever, measles...you name it this plant was believed to have extremely powerful magical qualities that most ailments were treated (which were reputed to work).