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Sage Leaf

* A skin-conditioning agent * Also known as Salvia Officinalis

Sage Leaf is a natural extract from the whole plant, leaves, flowers, stems and roots of sage plants, which are part of the mint family and native to the Balkan and Mediterranean regions. It is used as a skin-conditioning agent, fragrance ingredient and oral care ingredient in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products, including bath products, shaving creams, fragrance products, shampoos, and cleansing products, according to CosmeticsInfo.org.

* A skin-conditioning agent

* Also known as Salvia Officinalis

Functions:

Sage Leaf is a natural extract from the whole plant, leaves, flowers, stems and roots of sage plants, which are part of the mint family and native to the Balkan and Mediterranean regions. It is used as a skin-conditioning agent, fragrance ingredient and oral care ingredient in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products, including bath products, shaving creams, fragrance products, shampoos, and cleansing products, according to CosmeticsInfo.org.

Sage Leaf is known to have anti-microbial properties, thought to be because of the thujone content. It can protect formulas against certain bacterias and fungi. This ingredient also contains essential oils, Hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, and flavonoids, which deliver additional antioxidant effects. According to Escop, a production company, "the antioxidative activity of a dry acetone extract from sage leaf was found to be 101-116% of that of the synthetic antioxidant butylated hydroxytoluene." It is also thought to have astringent and antihidrotic (fights perspiration) properties. Sage Leaf is also used to treat indigestion, lack of appetite, oral inflammation, perspiration, rhinitis and sore throat, and is thought to improve brain function and memory (WhatReallyWorks).

Sage Leaf is FDA approved and is often used as a flavoring ingredient. It has received its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

According to the Cosmetics Database, Sage Leaf is a low hazard ingredient; the only concern noted is the potential for Sage Leaf to be a carcinogenic, because in vitro tests on mammalian cells showed positive mutation results. No other studies were found that reported negative side effects of using Sage Leaf, and it is generally considered safe and natural.

Sage Leaf should be avoided during pregnancy in high doses, and should be used in moderation at all times because it can cause dizziness and rapid heartbeats when ingested at high levels (WhatReallyWorks).

Recommended Products w/ Sage Leaf:

Nutra-Lift Rejuvenating Therapy, ISUN Body Oil Warmth and Stimulation, Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask, Philip B Botanicals Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo, Phyto Phytodefrisant Botanical hair Relaxing Balm
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