Botanical Brilliance: The Benefits of Sage for Hair

Benefits of Sage for Hair

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SAGE //  Salvia officinalis

Genus: Salvia / Latin: Salvare = To Heal / 900 shrub like species belonging to mint family

Historically, there has been many medicinal and culinary uses:

  • Mediterranean: Women's health, diuretic and wound healing
  • Middle Ages Sage Herb Tea:  Benefits of sage range from hair, circulation, nervous system, respiratory, digestive and metabolic.
  • Oils for benefits of sage for hair, antispasmodic (relieves spasms), antiseptic (fights bugs) and astringent (on the skin causes skin tightening)
    Benefits of Sage For Hair

    Interesting Facts

    A member of the Genus Salvia deriving from the latin, Salvare, which means to heal. There are over 900 shrubs in the Salvia Genus, all belonging to the mint family. The various shrubs have unique tastes, aromas and medicinal properties. 

    Prior to its use as a culinary item, it was used for its medicinal properties. Records show use of this ancient herb for medicinal reasons dates back to 1500 BC where it was used as a remedy for itching.

    In 500 BC followers of Hippocrates commented on its ability to coagulate blood and effects on menstruation.

    In the Middle ages its Tea was used for nervous system, digestive, respiratory and metabolic ailments. Further, it was used to treat circulatory disorders such as angina. Its effects were so popular that significant trade developed around its tea. This ultimately led to the dissemination of the tea and its benefits to Chinese culture where it was later used as an antispasmodic and antiseptic.

    Today, recent studies show Sage has promise therapeutically in multiple arenas. Health benefits include:

    • Sage benefits for hair follicles and hair care,
    • Brain function in dementia,
    • Hot flashes,
    • Blood sugar control in diabetes
    • Lipid control and insulin sensitivity
    • Wound healing, and
    • Oral health

    Antioxidants Are Good For The Hair And Scalp

    This herb functions as a potent antioxidant. One tablespoon has 43% of the daily recommended vitamin K needs. It has also been shown to provide substantial amounts of Vitamin A, Calcium, Folate, Iron, B vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

    What Are The Benefits of Sage For Hair?

    Benefits of sage for hair include promoting new hair growth, preventing dandruff, and enhancing shine. Its natural properties help balance scalp oils and improve hair texture. This nutrient packed herb also contains antioxidants that combat free radicals, contributing to healthier locks overall.  

    Benefits of Sage in Hair

    Phytonutrient Profile:

    Scientific name of major functional ingredients in Sage and their benefits.


    • Smooths follicle shaft and decreases frizz
    • Prevents itchiness
    • Prevents dandruff
    • Antibacterial properties
    • Improves circulation in the scalp


    • Scalp health 
    • Anti-inflammatory 
    • Potent Antioxidant
    • Antimicrobial effects
    • Clinically used in rhinosinusitis, COPD, asthma and bronchitis
    • Modulator of signaling pathways


    • Permeation enhancer
    • Analgesic
    • Anti carcinogenic effects

    Alpha/Beta Thujone

    • Skin regeneration and wound healing
    • Promotes healthy hair growth and healthy strands by inducing anagen phase in hair growth cycle
    • Serves as antioxidant


    • Natural sedative
    • Muscle relaxer
    • Sleep enhancer
    • Anti anxiety and depression
    • Stimulates scalp and produces improved blood circulation

    Ursolic Acid

    • Found to have anticancer effects
    • Found to possibly suppress metastasis to lung for metastatic melanoma
    • Anti-Oxidant
    • Modulates 5-alpha reductase activity for hair growth

    Rosmarinic Acid

    • Effective in Alzheimers
    • Neuroprotective
    • Anti-apoptotic
    • Antioxidant

    Ethanolic Acid

    • Effective in mild to moderate Alzheimers disease


    Sage Tea:

    Bring one kettle to boil, amount of water up to you. Add 2-4 stalks of fresh garden sage (aka common sage)  depending on how much water you put in and desired strength. Turn off and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes. 

    Get The Benefits of Sage For Hair Through A Herbal Hair Rinse

    Work your way towards healthy hair by nourishing your follicles and your scalp by making this Sage tea scalp herbal rinse. Alternatively, make into an essential oil and apply to scalp to lock-in moisture and shine. 

    How To Prepare Sage Oil:

    To prepare sage oil for hair strengthening, combine equal amounts of rosemary essential oil and sage essential oil (Sage leaf extract) with a carrier oil like jojoba oil. Mix well and apply the blend to your scalp, gently massaging for improved absorption. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it out with a mild shampoo. This potent mixture can help nourish follicles, promote circulation for a healthy scalp, and support follicular growth. It's a simple yet effective way to harness the benefits of sage for hair. 

    Safety first! 

    It is important to follow safety guidelines and best practices when using any product or herb to avoid potential side effects. Here are some tips to ensure safe and effective use:

    1. Patch Test: Before using sage oil or any herb-infused products on your hair, perform a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any allergic reactions or irritations. Apply a small amount of the product and wait for 24 hours to see if any adverse reactions occur.
    2. Safe Application: Dilute sage essential oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil, before applying it to your scalp. This helps prevent skin irritation and ensures safe application. Use a dropper to measure the amount of essential oil needed and mix it thoroughly with the carrier oil.
    3. Quality Products: Ensure that you are using high-quality products from reputable sources. Look for products that contain pure sage oil or sage extracts and do not contain any harmful additives or chemicals. Check the ingredient list and choose products that are free from parabens, sulfates, and artificial fragrances.

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    Sage Cocktail:

    Sage infused Syrup:

    Add one cup of water to one cup sugar to a sauce pan-> Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved -> turn off heat and add cup of fresh sage leaves (10 leaves)-> allow to steep for 10 minutes -> Remove herb. 


    Get rocks glass fill with ice -> add 1-2 oz bourbon + syrup + 2 splashes of lime juice


    Sage Based Cocktail

    In Botanical Brilliance we review different natural botanical ingredients, their history and potential uses and benefits. Current articles include:


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    Moss L, Rouse M, Wesens K, Moss M. Differential effects of the aromas of Salvia species on memory and mood. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2010;25:388–96. PMID: 20589925

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