Use: PhytoVital - Salvia is derived by gentle extraction of the leaves of sage (salvia officinalis). The plant is an aromatic evergreen with gray-green, woolly textured leaves, and mauve-blue flowers in summer. The drier the weather, the grayer the leaf color. There are more than 750 salvias throughout the world. Used are the leaves of this perennial shrub that grows wild in southern Europe and the Mediterranean area, but is cultivated in many other places like the USA. Sage was already used by the Greeks in ancient times against throat inflammation - still one of its most popular uses today. The Chinese also valued sage (Shu-wei-tsao), trading their black tea for it. Sage is a strong antioxidant and antibacterial agent. For centuries it has been used as a mouthwash or swab for infected gums and sores in the mouth. Basically, sage reduces many physical emissions. Sweating is reduced and is therefore employed in body deodorants and antiperspirants. It is a hair and scalp conditioner that brings out dark highlights in the hair. Its astringent effect on the skin and scalp counters excessive oiliness, dandruff and perspiration. PhytoVital - Salvia should be stored at room temperature and protected from light and open air. Low temperatures can cause cloudiness, but this does not influence the activity and normal appearance at temperatures exceeding 15 °C is regained. PhytoVital - Salvia is stable at ambient temperatures in the original unopened container for a minimum of one year. Due to the nature of this product sedimentation may occur but has no negative influence on the material. Since the effect of an extract, like the one of other active ingredients, is dependent on the composition of the ready made product, it is advisable that the efficiency should be tested in the final formulation. The PhytoVital - Extracts are finalized due to a special extraction process. The active principles in all natural products are dependent on time of harvest and climate. The modern phytotherapy has solved this problem as far as possible by standardizing the products to gain an exact reproduction. Reference: H.A. Hoppe, Drogenkunde (1981) / J. Falbe, M. Regitz, R÷mpp Chemie Lexikon (1995) / M. Pahlow, das groβe Buch der Heilpflanzen (1885) / L. Bremness, Herbs, Eyewittness Handbook (1994) / W. Karrer, Konst. u. Vorkommen der org. Pflanzenstoffe (1958) / J. Heinerman, Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices (1996) / C.F. Millspaugh, American Medicinal Plants (1974) / K. Keville, Herbs, (1995) / H. Diener, Arzneipflanzen und Drogen (1989) / R.M. Suozzi, Dizionario delle erbe medicinali, (1995).