Sage is an essential ingredient in the Middle Eastern and West Asian pantry. Whereas this herb is generally used to calm down upset stomachs or indigestion, I have been using it in a variety of beauty remedies. And I am here today to share a few sage-inspired natural beauty tips with you.
The exciting news about sage is that it can really delay premature ageing. If you have spent your teenage years sunbathing to your heart’s content on poolsides and crowded beaches, then it is quite possible your skin has now got a lot of extra mileage owing to excessive sun exposure. Luckily, you can offset the damage with sage.
Rich in vitamin A and calcium, which play a major role in daily cell regeneration, sage can reduce facial wrinkles and redness making the skin look younger and flawless. The antioxidants that are present in great abundance in sage combat free radicals, thereby easing the wrinkles, fine lines, and other ageing signs. In short, this versatile herb helps in keeping your skin looking younger, radiant, and flawless.
The easiest way to apply sage to a tired-looking face is by making a toner using both sage and green tea.
All you need to do is:
- Boil some water
- Pour the water – after it has settled – over a bowl of sage and green tea leaves
- Let the infusion steep for at least 30 minutes
- Get rid of the leaves by using a fine mesh strainer and store in a clean bottle
- Once the toner has cooled down, apply with a make-up cotton pad
- I usually keep my toner in the fridge and use it after my daily facial cleansing routine
Added value: In addition to its long-term anti-ageing properties, sage can actually minimize the over-sized pours on your nose and cheeks. Sage is generally a great toner for oily skin, and like all natural remedies the effects of this amazing herb will take longer than store-bought beauty remedies that can give instant effects, but eventually leave a behind a negative trace.
I have a friend who started to go gray at 22! If I had known what I know today I would have been able to help her control the premature graying of her hair. By massaging a dollop of sage oil once or twice a week, you can give your hair a new lease of color! However, if you don’t have access to sage oil, you can make your own at home.
Sage Oil Recipe
- 2 cups cooking oil (olive oil is best)
- 2 cups sage leaves
- Large glass jar with tight fitting lid
- Wash and dry sage leaves
- Place the leaves in the large glass jar with a tight fitting lid
- Lightly heat the oil (do not boil or smoke the oil)
- Pour oil into the jar to cover the leaves. Use spoon to submerge the leaves
- Allow the oil to cool and secure the lid on the jar
- Place the jar in a cool, dark spot for 2-3 weeks
- After 2-3 weeks, pour the oil through a fine mesh strainer and place it in its final container
If you don’t have enough time to create the above-mentioned concoction, then I would go for using the sage toner described previously to your hair, as a rinse.
Sage water can actually do a lot more than just slow down graying of the hair:
- Use sage water as a hair rinse to bring back the shine into your hair. In addition to warding off dandruff, sage tea can be used as a hair rinse to impart shine and luster to your locks
- Stimulate hair growth with sage. A sage-rosemary hair rinse can be prepared using the aforementioned steps to create a toner. This herbal rinse can improve the quality of your hair and can also revitalize dry and thinning hair
- Sage can be used to darken and intensify hair color. All you need to do is use it as a final rinse after shampooing
Have a lovely day :)