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Essential Oil Profile: Clary Sage

clary sage


Scientific Name: Salvia sclarea

Therapeutic Actions: antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, sedative & stomachic.

History: The name “clary” is derived from the Latin word “clarus” meaning clear.  Medieval authors called the herb “clear eye” and considered it beneficial in healing visual problems.  It was known in the Middle Ages as “Oculus Christi”, meaning the eye of Christ, and was a highly esteemed medicine.  In German clary sage was known as “muscatel sage” because it resembled muscatel wine.  Dishonest merchants would adulterate their muscatel wine with clary sage.  This often produced a heightened state of intoxication.  In sixteenth century England, clary sage was substituted for hops in their production of beer.

Parts of the Plant: Clary sage oil is extracted by steam distillation from the flowering tops and leaves.

Composition: Clary sage contains linalyl acetate, linalool, germacrene d and sclareo, which makes it about 75% ester.

Pharmacological Actions: Clary sage is calming to the nervous system, particularly in cases of depression, stress, insomnia and deep seated tension.  It is a good tonic for the womb and female functions in general such as painful periods, scanty menstruation and relaxation during labor, thus encouraging a less painful birth.  During menopause, clary sage can help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, irritability as well as headaches and dizziness.  It is good for muscle pains, digestive disorders, kidney diseases and the cooling of inflammation of the skin.

Indications (it is good for):  Clary sage has been effectively used for leukemia, menstrual discomforts including PMS, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, circulatory issues and high cholesterol.

Contraindications (it is not good for): Clary sage is contraindicated during the first trimester of pregnancy.  It is generally a safe and non toxic oil but many have some possibilities of irritating mucous membranes.  Remember to read the scientific name when purchasing clary sage! Salvia officials (or common sage) as an essential oil is not recommended due to the high content of thujone which can be toxic.

Interactions: Clary sage should be avoided when consuming alcohol or other drugs (recreational or pharmaceutical) since it could exaggerate the effects.

Dosage: Use clary sage essential oils in bath or in aromatherapy blends.  Clary sage is warming and very relaxing.  Use it to treat oily hair and skin, dandruff and facial wrinkles.  For relief of hot flashes in menopause or to quickly cool summer prickly heat, take a sponge bath with a few drops of clary sage in cool water.  When diffused this oil is great for helping induce sleep.



********WARNING: The following information is provided to you for a more natural approach to common, everyday ailments.  This information should not replace your primary care physician and as with starting any new medication regiment, please discuss with your doctor.   It is always safest to perform a skin patch test prior to implementing new remedies to be sure you are not allergic. This information is not imparted  to determine dietary changes, provide course of treatment, prescribe as medication or diagnose any diseases/syndromes/conditions/disorders.  Please carefully research new recipes and ideas before implementing. ********


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