This book would never have been completed in time without the active support of the following persons, who I warmly acknowledge:

Dr Roland Hardman for his guidance, his suggestions and the frequent provision of literature references and valuable data that kept me updated on several aspects of the genus Salvia during the compilation of this volume.

The staff at Harwood Academic Publishers for their technical assistance on editorial matters and their incredible patience when dealing with my strangest queries.

Professor Dea Baricevic for her support in finding certain contributors as well as her advice on the general layout of this book.

My associate Mrs Eirini Karyoti, PhD-student, for undertaking the burden of checking the manuscript as an additional fail-safe.

My student Mrs Athina Andeou for assisting me in the vast literature survey that was essential for the realization of the present effort.

Mrs Anna Patera, chemist, Director of the Product Development Division of APIVITA S.A., for providing me with detailed information on their natural products containing the essential oil of sage that are commercialized in Greece, such as the Propoline hair care series, the Propodent natural dental cream and aromatherapy preparations.

Dr Wolfram Junghanns, MAWEA (MAJORANWERK) GmbH, Aschersleben, for helping me complete my knowledge on the German market of sage-based natural products.

Finally, I would like to thank all the contributors to this volume, whom it was an honour and a pleasure to collaborate with.

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