Skin health has always been a struggle for me. As a little kid, I had pretty horrible eczema and reacted to all kinds of dander and pollen which was not ideal for someone who grew up on a farm!! Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is characterized by inflamed and itchy skin that can be red, scaly, dry, weeping, rough or blistered. It can be quite uncomfortable and the persistent itch can make scratching hard to resist. This simple Sage Spray is a life saver for any skin issue that involves inflammation, itch or discomfort. A little spritz will soothe the itch and quickly restore skin health. It's super for insect bites, rashes, sunburns, scalp issues, acne or eczema and can be used instead of cortisone creams.
Skin Soothing Benefits
Sage is a wonderful herb that is anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants that promote skin health. Research has found that using a sage infusion topically has a similar effect to cortisone and steroid creams. Sage is also anti-fungal and antibacterial making it a great choice for preventing infection as well as treating skin conditions associated with bacterial and fungal overgrowths such as eczema, acne and dandruff.
Another fantastic anti-inflammatory herb is witch hazel. It reduces redness and swelling and is one of the most effective herbs to relieve itching. Because witch hazel is also a strong astringent that helps to repair tissues, it's also beneficial for acne, 'weeping' rashes (commonly associated with eczema), scalp sensitivity and dandruff.
DIY Sage Spray
Pack a glass jar with dried sage leaves and cover with traditional witch hazel distillate. Please note, do not use the alcohol-free varieties of witch hazel as the herb is more effective when it is infused into alcohol.
Seal jar tightly and set aside to infuse for about 4 weeks, giving it a shake every day or so. As the sage infuses into the witch hazel, it will begin to turn a darker brown colour.
Once infused, use a fine-mesh sieve, a nut milk bag, old pantyhose or several layers of cheesecloth to strain.
Pour your infused witch hazel into a glass spray bottle and apply to affected areas as needed. Your spray will keep for several months stored in a cool place, but it might feel extra nice if you store it in the fridge and spray on cold.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!