Clary Sage Essential Oil
- Distillation Method:
- Country of Origin:
- United States
- Plant Part:
- Latin Name:
- Salvia sclarea
- Naturally Grown
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ABOUT THE PLANT
A plant native to Southern Europe, Clary Sage can still be found growing in garden beds throughout the continent. It is a biennial or perennial herb that typically reaches 1 to 4 feet in height with hairy, heart-shaped leaves and numerous pale blue, lavender, pink or white flowers.
It's Latin binomial comes from 'salvare', meaning ""to heal”, and 'clarus', meaning "clear", The name reflects the ancient role of Clary Sage in targeting many eye conditions.
ABOUT THE OIL
Clary Sage essential oil is warming, sedative, an excellent nerve tonic, and can induce feelings of mild euphoria in some individuals. It is also thought enhance one's ability to dream. Clary Sage oil is a tonic for one's overall well-being, and is ideal for use on a regular basis in baths or as a perfume.
Considered a 'sacred herb' by the Romans, it remains a desirable medicinal essential oil and is considered one of the most important aromatics in aromatherapy practice today.
Clary Sage is known as an adaptogenic herb, meaning it has the ability to provide an individual with the state of balance their chemistry requires. Like Marjoram, it is revered in part for its capacity to induce calm in states of tension while bringing about euphoric states of renewed energy in cases of fatigue. This quality renders it invaluable to the medical community.
In fact, the essential oil has traditionally been added to muscatel wine, some English beers and Italian vermouth, presumably to utilize the somewhat euphoric effects of the oil.
- normalizes and regulates systems of the body
- enables the body to deal with stress
- induces euphoria
- calms the nervous system
- lessens anxiety
- reduces stress
- strengthens the nervous system
- clears the head
- relieves intellectual fatigue
- strengthens and clarifies the mind
- helps relieve headaches brought on by nervous tension
- eases discomfort
- decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
- relaxes cramping
- supports hormone balance
- promotes and regulates menstruation
- helps manage menopause
- soothes tension and anxiety during labour
- relieves spasms in the bronchial tubes
- settles digestion
- increases absorption in the intestines
- promotes normal peristalsis
- assists the body's natural eliminatory response
- reduces sebum production
- reduces sweating
- firms and contracts exposed tissue
- reduces moisture loss
- tones and restores venous circulation
- promotes the healing of tissues
- neutralizes microbes
- Indicated for: oily skin, greasy hair, dandruff
- According to TCM, Clary Sage strengthens depleted Qi and improves and relaxes the circulation of Qi. This makes Clary Sage an excellent antispasmodic and general tonic.
- Clary Sage brings long lasting inner tranquility and helps dispel melancholy. It is warm and lively and opens the path to creativity and intuition. It's earthiness speaks of its ability to steady and calm the mind, while its gentle pungency enlivens the senses and restores clarity. Clary Sage brings us closer to the dreamworld.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- Clary Sage can be beneficial for nervous disorders accompanied by weakness and debility. The oil helps restore confidence and courage, assisting in relief of postnatal depression, and recovery from illness and injury.
- massage, compress, bath, SKIN CARE
- Clary Sage essential oil is often found in skin and HAIR CARE formulas; it can regulate secretions and also act as a follicle stimulant encouraging hair growth.
- Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt notes in Advanced Aromatherapy, "Clary Sage impresses with its aroma. When applied to the wrists or temples, it is relaxing in a gentle, effective manner.”
- Massage with Clary Sage in a carrier oil can be helpful in cases of sexual dysfunction, frigidity and impotence – partly due to its hormone balancing effects, and partly because of its usefulness in relieving stress and fear.
- Clary Sage oil is a tonic for one's overall wellbeing, and is ideal for use on a regular basis in baths or as a perfume.
- For menopausal hot flashes, a sponge bath with a few drops of Clary Sage in cool water can help.
- It can be made into a tonic. Dilute a few drops (1 or 2) in water or juice.
This Clary Sage oil has a moist, clay-like top note, a light, floral lavender-like middle note and a fresh grassy undertone with a subtle herbal spice.
It blends well with oils fresh citrus or woody, earthy tones like: Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Cedarwood, Cypress, Juniper, Lavender, Geranium and Sandalwood.
For accurately measuring oils, see our Drops per mL page.
Clary Sage is non-toxic and a non-irritant. Even though considered useful for promoting menses, it is considered safe to use in small doses when pregnant.
It is alway recommended to consult a physician if pregnant or using internally.
Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Because of its estrogen-like structure, IT IS CONTRAINDICATED IN CASES OF CANCER, PARTICULARLY ESTROGEN-DEPENDENT TYPES.
NOTE: Clary Sage has a different chemical composition to that of common Sage (Salvia officinalis). Common Sage is composed of up to 50% thujone, a potentially toxic ketone. Please ensure that therapeutic use is always with Salvia sclarea.
Also note that overuse of Clary Sage can result in headache or dizziness, and raise blood pressure, rather than its opposite effect in proper dosages. Your body will usually let you know when you've had too much of any oil – as soon as you don't seem to 'want' any more, cease use until the aroma is desirable again.