Kamarkas AKA sage is an odorless herb with a sharp and pungent taste. Flakes are sticky when chewed generating bright red saliva in the mouth.
Sage was awarded the title of Herb of The Year' by the International Herb Association in 2001. This explains the popularity of this humble herb. Hailing from the mint family, it is a powerhouse of phenolic acids, assorted antioxidants, and several volatile oils - all of which pave way for a supple, smooth, and firm skin.
Packed with beta-carotene, this herb is a potential anti-cancerous agent.
Based on origin, you have different types of sage, such as common sage, pineapple sage, and red sage. This wide variety makes sage one of the largest genera under the mint family.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAGE HERB:
1. Treatment of Depression
Sage infusion is often referred to as “thinker’s tea” as it contains Thujone which is GABA and Serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonist. Besides improving concentration and attention span, it helps to deal with grief and depression.
2.CURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S
Sage, when used regularly, helps in improving memory power. Hence, it is advisable for treating assorted memory loss conditions including mild Alzheimer's disease. It also improves the information processing among the people with such disease.
3. Prevents Diabetes
Several studies have proved that sage leaf extract has anti-hyperglycemic properties which lower blood glucose levels by blocking the release of stored glucose from the liver. In simple words, it is effective in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in type 2 diabetics.
4. Beneficial for Women
This benefit can be attributed to the presence of astringent tannins in sage. Its estrogenic effect has been found to be beneficial for women wishing to dry up their breast milk supply or relieve hot flushes during menopause. However, there is a lack of clinical data to substantiate this claim.
5. Treatment of Asthma
The anti-spasmodic effect of sage reduces tension in smooth muscles and can be used for steam inhalation to prevent asthma attacks. It is effective in removing mucous congestion in the airways as well as preventing secondary infections.
SKIN BENEFITS OF SAGE HERB:
6. Anti-aging Effects
Sage leaves are known to increase blood circulation and stimulate the renewal of skin cells. The antioxidants in sage reverse the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. These antioxidants provide protection against free radicals that damage skin cells, causing premature aging of the skin. This herb is loaded with calcium and vitamin A, which protect your skin against the assault of free radicals and aid in daily cell regeneration, minimizing and delaying the onset of facial wrinkles.
7. Toner for Oily Skin
Sage oil benefits as a great toner by regulating sebum production in oily complexion. Sebum cells are the cells present in the sebaceous gland which regulates the production of oil and its release.
8. Antibacterial properties
The antibacterial properties of this amazing herb prevent the occurrence of skin infections. It also possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which help cure acne as well as relieve the symptoms of eczema.
HAIR BENEFITS OF SAGE HERB:
9. Treatment of Hair Loss
Sage has been used since ancient times to at hair loss and baldness. Sage contains beta-sitosterol, a 5-alpha reductase compound that has been found to be effective in treating male pattern baldness.
10. Darkens 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. An infusion of fresh sage leaves can darken grey hair as well as deepen the color of brown or black hair and impart shine to it.