The strong aroma and earthy flavor of Sage makes it one of the favorite ingredients of many delicacies. But, this amazing beauty botanical is also an esthetician’s favorite for its well known ability to stimulate cell renewal process and improve blood circulation of skin and scalp. Different healing bioactives in Sage play and important role in treating the three types of Ayurvedic Doshas.
Let’s explore in this blog post how Sage can improve and calm several types of annoying skin and hair conditions.
Therapeutic Properties of Sage
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is an herb belonging to the mint family (oregano, thyme, rosemary, basic, etc.). It has been used since time immemorial as a ‘disinfectant/cleaning’ agent and as part of rituals for spiritual sage burning or smudging.
For skin and hair care, Sage oil or extract is obtained through the process of steam distillation. It is loaded with Vitamin A, C, E, K, B6, Calcium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper and aromatic spices such as chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, ursolic acid, ellagic acid, rutin and many other polyphenolic compounds that play different roles in organic skin care and hair care.
Benefits of Sage for Skin & Hair
1. Repairs Skin
Sage oil contains the combination of Vitamin A, Calcium and antioxidants which give outstanding results in skin regeneration. The antioxidants help in combating free radicals that are known to cause wrinkles, fine lines and premature skin aging.
2. Tones & Refreshes
Sage works as an antihidrotic and is thus helpful in controlling excess oil and sebum. Volatile oils in Sage work as an astringent that assists both oily and dry skin to give relief to skin conditions such as acne, seborrhea and dandruff. A few spritzes of an Organic Toner /Hydrator with Sage as an key ingredient, relaxes, detoxifies and gives a pleasant experience to the skin.
3. Antiseptic Action
One of the main antiseptic/antimicrobial component of Sage oil is Ursolic acid. This bioactive helps in treating acne, rosacea, eczema and skin fungus. It also naturally exfoliates the skin and keeps it free from microbial infestations.
Editor’s Pro Tip: Our Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub (or SBR Mask for Sensitive/Blemished/Rosacea) contains Sage as an ingredient and works magically to deep cleanse and detoxify the skin. You may use it as a mask or a scrub (as directed) to get rid of acne, improve complexion and encourage cell regeneration.
4. Sun Protection
Carsonic acid in Sage has the ability to treat both UVA and UVB induced skin damage. This acid, along with several other polyphenolic compounds gives sun protection and guards the skin from aging, skin cancer and other conditions associated with skin cell malfunctioning.
5. Soothes Rosacea
Sage is also known to soothe hyperactivity of varicose veins and broken capillaries. The calming bioactives in Sage reduces redness and restricts capillaries to relieve the uneasiness and redness caused during a rosacea outbreak.
6. Clears Dark Spots
While acne might be easy to do away with, the spots that they leave behind may worry you for the longest time! Sage, with its unique ability to increase collagen synthesis immensely helps in fixing those terrible craters. Vitamin A in Sage play a key role here to help minimize these marks within a few weeks.
7. Treats Dandruff and Fungal Infections
Presence of camphor, camphene and other volatile compounds in sage combats dandruff and other fungal infections of the skin. Washing your hair with an Organic SLS free Shampoo that contains Sage as a key ingredient will fix dandruff and dry/frizzy hair in just a few washes.
8. Nourishes the Scalp for Hair Vitality
Sage is a stimulant to the scalp and is known to improve blood flow. This property of Sage helps in circulating the nutrients and remove toxins around the hair follicles to let your hair breathe and grow strong and healthy.