Sage – not just for use in the kitchen


This amazing herb is often used at Thanksgiving on turkey (here in the U.S.), in stuffing and other poultry meals, but did you know it has wonderful properties for the skin when used topically? 


Due to its antimicrobial and anti-oxidant properties, it’s a wonderful addition to your handcrafted skincare creations. It’s known as an astringent, which means it tightens skin/pores. Herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt has a wonderful recipe for creating topical spray to help with varicose veins. I’ve also used this herbal infusion for an underarm spray and facial tonic with pleasant results.

Herbal Deodorant

I tried a new deodorant recipe from the Herbal Academy using sage (and Calendula) in an oil infusion, which I then used in the final product. That was a long time ago, and it has since become one of my favorite recipes, and of course, I’ve modified it to suit my needs. I love this deodorant. It smells good and I feel comfortable using it because  the ingredients are beneficial to the skin.

Oh, and it works. Sage helps fight body odor due to its antimicrobial properties.

You Can Make Your Own Products

Making your own products gives you peace of mind because you know they’re fresh and were never tested on animals. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of testing products on myself, not animals. I test a tiny spot on my skin with every product I use, whether I made it or not. It’s a safe practice.

I’m on a constant quest to learn more about the benefits of using herbs in skin care products because I love using herbs in EVERYTHING possible!! With every new discovery, it feels like I’m meeting a new friend (who soon becomes an old friend).

I always include Sage in poultry dishes and soups, as well as vegetable dishes. It adds that pungent and bitter flavor that I adore. With its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, it makes sense to include it in both food and skin care products.

Brain Function and Longevity in Addition to Skincare Benefits

According to the Herbal Academy, Sage has been used in history to promote a long life and increase wisdom. And a wonderful herb to assist with cognitive decline. With Dementia and Alzheimer’s on the rise, keeping Sage nearby seems like a good idea to me. Current research suggests Sage has affinity for the brain, thus enhancing the brain’s overall health and function.

Heal and be Healthy

The name Salvia comes from the Latin word ‘salvare’ meaning to heal and ‘salvere’ meaning to be healthy.

Growing White Sage, Photo by C.R.Y. Herbals

Rose Sage in the Wild, photo by C.R.Y. Herbals

I often envision the healing properties of Sage when using it. And it has become a very dear plant friend. I have a White Sage (Salvia apiana) and two Rose Sage (Salvia pachyphylla) growing in my yard. Both are young plants, so I’ve yet to see either of them bloom. It typically takes a year or two for a newly established plant to bloom. At the time of this writing, it’s only been a year.

Protective & Sacred 

Sage is considered to be a *protective* herb. Traditional people of southwest North America commonly use sage in their ceremonies to clear negative energy and create a sacred space. Their connection to the earth is inspiring. I created a Sage Spirit blend that includes a tincture, salve and protective salt. Sage tincture is wonderful for coughs and other respiratory issues.

Before moving to my current home, I had several varieties of Sage growing in my yard with much success. These are hardy plants. Bees and butterflies love them. And after the rain, there’s nothing like the fragrance of Sage in the air.

In The Women’s Herbal Apothecary, JJ Pursell says that “Every garden should contain sage.” She also mentions that sage has been used traditionally for colds and flu due to its anti-bacterial and astringent properties. I’ll often make a sage tea when I feel a sore throat or cough coming on. Add some lemon or lime, and maybe honey – you’ll love it!

Since I love the fragrance of sage so much and know the benefits it has on skin I decided to make a sage salve. Now, no matter where I am, I can rub a little sage salve on my temples or hands, and get carried away to distant trails with the fragrance alone.

How have you used Sage? Has it strictly been for cooking? Cognitive enhancement? Or have you ventured into skincare products, too?

Leave a comment. ? I’d love to hear about your use of Sage.


Disclaimer: The information written in CRY Herbals’ emails, blog & website is for creative and educational purposes only. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. All questions regarding any health condition should be addressed to your primary care physician or other healthcare provider. We are simply ordinary folk who love experimenting and working with natural herbal products to enhance and support the body in health and well-being. It is a joy and honor to explore the historical and contemporary practices of herbalism for the purposes of education and personal fulfillment. ?

 

Resources:

The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary JJ Pursell, 2018

Alchemy of Herbs, Rosalee de la Foret, 2017

The Herbal Kitchen, Kami McBride, 2010

https://www.avogel.com/plant-encyclopaedia/salvia_officinalis.php

herbarium.theherbalacademy.com/monographs/#/monograph/5095

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