Sage is known as one of the most powerful herbs for cleansing negative energies from a space through a ritual known as smudging. However, many people use the herb for adding flavor to their favorite cuisine dish while others find it useful for healing the body due to the many medicinal benefits it can provide. I personally use sage for beautifying the body and in this article; this is what we will discuss.
What is Sage?
Sage is an herb also known as, "salvia." The evergreen body shrub has an earthy fresh light evergreen scent to it that is uplifting and healing to the mind. The herb produces soft oval shaped leaves, which are typically the part of the plant that is harvested and used for many purposes. However, the shrub like herb also produces beautiful purple blossoms, but that depends on the type of sage you have growing in your gardens or find in the wild. After all, there are several different varies of sage that can be used such as white sage, pineapple sage, Russian sage, purple sage, golden sage, berggarten sage and garden sage, which is the type of sage I use for beautifying the body naturally. However, if you want to keep evil spirits away white sage is honestly your best option, but let us focus on using sage for beautifying purposes.
Why is Sage Useful for Beautifying Purposes?
The reason why sage is useful for beautifying purposes is due the astringent properties it contains that can cleanse and purify the skin. The herb also contains anti-aging properties as well. Sage even contains antibacterial properties, which make this herb useful for treating and clearing up blemishes and acne too. I purposely use sage because it helps keep the eczema and dryness away from my face naturally, when I combine and use it with lavender.
Lavender is an herb that is calming and healing to the skin, but also promotes new skin to form. In addition, sage and lavender together can reduce signs of aging, healing scaring and calmness any redness the skin may have.
Sage Lavender Astringent
One of the remedies I find useful for cleansing my skin gently with at nighttime is homemade sage lavender astringent. I make mine as I would make a sage lavender tea. To do this, place three dried sage leaves into a steeping tea ball with a tablespoon of dried lavender. Then place the ball into a cup and pour boiling water over the top of it. After, allow the herbs to steep and form sage lavender infused astringent for about twenty minutes. The longer you let your herbs steep the more potent and cleansing the astringent will be. Sometimes I leave the astringent steeping overnight in the cup when my skin is really troubled.
Once I feel the astringent is ready, I dip a cotton ball or cloth into it and rub the astringent all over my skin before bedtime to remove any makeup, dirt, oils and grease from my face. After, my skin is left glowing, soft and feeling very cleansed.
Now, I have been using my homemade sage lavender astringent for about three years now and my skin looks and feels beautiful. It always has a very youthful appearance too it and my complexion is always even. I hardly put on foundation now because my skin alone looks that good. However, once in awhile blemishes do put up, but that is why concealed cosmetics were invented.
Treating Blemishes with Sage Essential Oil
When blemishes do pop up, I do dab a few drops of sage essential oil onto them after I have cleansed my skin well with the astringent. The sage helps dry up the blemishes by killing the bacteria that caused them to begin with while also draining the puss that lies beneath the sores. It works very well, but those allergic to sage should not use this remedy to treat blemishes or acne naturally.
Bottom Line for Sage's Beautifying Benefits
Next time your skin is dry, red or full of blemishes, head for some fresh or dried garden sage and you will be surprised at how well it can calm the skin. Be creative with the herb and making your own beauty remedies with it. Discover which beautifying sage remedy works best and stick with it. For me it is my sage lavender astringent. For you it may just be a sage facial mask, but you won't know until you experiment with the herb yourself.
Written by Elise Marie: Read more of author's content at Yahoo Voices.