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Russian Sage

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Russian Sage (Salvia yangii)

Salvia yangii, recently reclassified from Perovskia atriplicifolia, is native to southwest through central Asia. It is a somewhat woody perennial shrub valued for its distinctive bluish- purple flowers and “hairy” inflorescences. There are several cultivars used for decorative landscaping in Europe and North America, of which ‘Blue Spire’ is the most common. Several Asian cultures have used the plant to treat a variety of conditions, including diabetes, dysentery, fever, and scabies. In Pakistan, Russian Sage has long been used as a traditional medicine for anti-inflammation and is also used as a parasiticide, analgesic, and antibacterial agent. (Ahmad et al., 2015) Current research focuses on developing a clearer understanding of its diverse phytochemistry and possible applications in developing drug therapies to counteract dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease. (Bielecka et al., 2021; Ślusarczyk et al., 2020; Ślusarczyk et al., 2015) 

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Ahmad, I., Waheed, A., Tahir, N. B., & Rais, A. K. (2015). Anti-inflammatory constituents from Perovskia atriplicifoliaPharm Biol, 53(11), 1628-1631. 

Bielecka, M., Pencakowski, B., Stafiniak, M., Jakubowski, K., Rahimmalek, M., Gharibi, S., Matkowski, A., & Ślusarczyk, S. (2021). Metabolomics and DNA-based authentication of two traditional Asian medicinal and aromatic species of Salvia subg. PerovskiaCells, 10(1). 

Ślusarczyk, S., Senol Deniz, F. S., Abel, R., Pecio, Ł., Pérez-Sánchez, H., Cerón-Carrasco, J. P., den-Haan, H., Banerjee, P., Preissner, R., Krzyżak, E., Oleszek, W., I, E. O., & Matkowski, A. (2020). Norditerpenoids with selective anti-cholinesterase activity from the roots of Perovskia atriplicifolia Benth. Int J Mol Sci, 21(12). 

Ślusarczyk, S., Topolski, J., Domaradzki, K., Adams, M., Hamburger, M., & Matkowski, A. (2015). Isolation and fast selective determination of nor-abietanoid diterpenoids from Perovskia atriplicifolia roots using LC-ESI-MS/MS with multiple reaction monitoring. Nat Prod Commun, 10(7), 1149-1152.