Clary Sage Essential Oil

Essential Oil:  Clary Sage

Botanical Name:  Salvia Sclarea

Botanical Family:  Lamiaceae/Labiatae

Clary Sage is common perennial or biennial herb cultivated in the United States and Europe as well as Russia and Morocco.  Clary Sage has a musky earthy and distinctly green scent, but not bright green like Basil.  I visualize the scent of Clary Sage as an olive to gray-green color.  Clary Sage is an easy to find mid-priced essential oil.   A 10mL bottle can range from $10-$15.

The word Clary is derived from the Latin clarus as well as the term Clear Eye, as Clary Sage was once commonly used as a remedy for clearing mucus from the eyes.  Clary Sage contains the constituent sclereol, which is used to flavor tobaccos.  In Aromatherapy Clary Sage is often recommended in blends to help people stop smoking.    Clary Sage is probably best known for two major functions, balancing the nervous system and being beneficial to the female reproductive system.

Clary Sage is known for being a tonic to the nervous system.  Clary Sage can be helpful for those who suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression.  Clary Sage can calm the mind and nervous system but is also indicated as a ‘pick me up’ for those suffering from nervous and mental exhaustion.

Clary Sage is also a great essential oil for women.  It is anti-spasmodic and analgesic.  That means that it acts to decrease the cramping action of the uterus as well as relieving the pain created by such cramping.   Clary Sage is an emmenagogue which means it can help bring on delayed or missed periods.
Aromatherapy authors seem to differ in opinion on whether or not Clary Sage should be avoided during pregnancy.  If you are not familiar with this oil or are not under the care of a qualified practitioner, it’s probably best to avoid the oil during pregnancy.

It is said that during childbirth Clary Sage not only helps to relax the womb but to relax the mother as well during the anxious and tense moments leading up to and during labor.   The estrogenic effect of Clary Sage is indicated for menopause as the oil may have a regulating effect on the pituitary gland.  Clary Sage and Geranium is a classic blend for women’s health.  Mix them together and add to a  body oil or lotion at least three times a week to alleviate symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Clary Sage’s light earthy scent and therapeutic function make it a great essential oil for men’s skin care products.  Clary Sage regulates sebum production so it helps alleviate oily skins and helps prevent dandruff.

Esoterically Clary Sage is all about clarity.  It’s uplifting but keeps you grounded enough that you don’t become manic and disconnected from reality.  Clary Sage is recommended for those looking to enhance the clarity of their dreams as well as dream recall.

Try these blends with Clary Sage:

Stop Smoking
Add to 2oz. body oil or lotion and use every morning after showering or when missing the stimulating rush of a cigarette.
8  Clary Sage
4  Black Pepper
6  Lemon
2 Peppermint
4 Bay Laurel

Menstrual Cramp Relief
Add to 1oz. carrier oil and massage over abdomen and the lower back as needed.
4 Clary Sage
4 Marjoram
4 Peppermint

Clary Sage and Lavender  makes a great blend in your diffuser at home for creating  tranquility.   Use it to calm hyperactive children or to help clear a tense and anxious atmosphere.

Enjoy using Clary Sage!   If you want to learn more about how to use this and other soothing oils come to Essential Oils for Stress Relief on July 28th.  



    • Haha – do you have cats by chance? Some E.O.’s can be so different in fragrance than the plants they come from. I think Clary Sage is one example of that. In E.O. form the earthiness definitely comes through. On the other hand I think Clary Sage looks better than it smells. It’s not one of my favorite scents but it is so darn useful.


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