Sage leaf or salvia officinalis (sage) has many health and beauty benefits. It’s a grayish, green leaf native in Mediterranean region. The plant sage or ‘salvia’ in Latin means ‘to save’ because of its healing properties. The sage leaves are made by crushing it and put in a boiling water to treat asthmatic or nasal type ailments. Some use it as tea or just chew it directly for treatment of respiratory ailment, gastrointestinal or even skin problems.
Sage leaf is extracted to produce the oil that are added to skin care products. It is commonly used as spice to enhance some cuisine flavors. And according to some research, a continual use of sage oil or spice in the food, will improve the skin and hair renewal process making it more healthier.
1. Reduces Cellulite
By using sage oil as butter it can increase the blood circulation in the cellulite area. Just massage the affected area where it can be absorb by the skin to help in eliminating the toxins. This can be done several times a week for continuous removal of toxins and fat cells that are unsightly to see.
2. Improves the Skin’s Appearance
Sage oil consist of thujone, a natural substance with a menthol scent that helps in many disease treatment but must be kept in right dosage. It is also use in alcoholic beverages. The sage oil stimulates cell renewal and increases blood circulation. The herb is rich in calcium and vitamin A which is needed in daily cell regeneration. It also consist of volatile oils, phenolic acids and flavonoids.
The renewal process minimize and also delay the onset of wrinkles in our face. It also improves the bad appearance of varicose veins and broken capillaries by decreasing the redness and restricting capillaries.
3. Promotes Healthy Hair
Essential oils are needed by our hair and some products added with sage oil helps improve weak and brittle hair. Just massage directly to the scalp and when its absorbed by the skin it can increase the blood flow to the hair follicles which can help in controlling the oil secretion to avoid oily hair, gray hair and reduce hair loss.
How to prepare your own homemade gray reducer spritzer:
Combine: 1 tsp each of sage leaf and rosemary leaf
– Bring to a boil one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes – Then strain.
– Then after cooling the liquid part, put in a spray bottle.
You can apply it daily. Directly on the scalp and hair where the gray appears.
Leave on for up to 10 minutes, then shampoo and style as normal.
I will take a few weeks to restore your hair to its normal color. But can only take one or two applications per week to maintain the results.
4. Relieves and Improves Annoying Skin Conditions
The sage oil is also used as treatment for acne, chapped skin, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis. It is mostly added to face and body wash, anti-fungal cream and deodorant. It is also used for dandruff and as insect repellent for our skin. A natural way of using it is by using as facial wash done by brewing the sage leaves.
You need one cup of sage leaves and bring to a boil. Strain and allow it to cool. Then the cooled sage leaf tea can be use in the face to prevent acne and acts as a toner.
Sage leaf brings spice in your life, so try this to achieve a healthy and beautiful looking skin daily.