Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea)
Description: Clary Sage is a short biennial or perennial herb that grows up to 1 meter in height (approximately 3 feet). It has large, hairy leaves with small bluish-purple flowers.
Common Uses: Clary Sage has been known to be beneficial in regulating cells, hormonal imbalance, menopause problems, PMS, menstrual cramps (minimizes the pain), itching and irritation of herpes. Also candida outbreaks, infections, exhaustion, nerves, mental strain, hostility, strengthening the immune system, sore throat, bronchitis, cholesterol, debility, genitals, hemorrhoids, frigidity, last stages of labor (may intensify contractions), seborrhea, hair loss, scalp massage. as an agent to clean greasy hair, and acne (may be extremely good for skin). Also blood pressure, childbirth (may get contractions going), antispasmodic (may soothe asthma attacks), sedative, claustrophobia, hyperactivity, nightmares.It is well known for providing a euphoric action, for balancing uterine issues. In mid-life crisis it may exert a balancing influence. Use in times of personal challenges or change, especially external stress and pressure. It is viewed as an antidepressant, deodorant, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, and tonic and uterine. There is also some documentation of its effectiveness in helping to relax the spasms of asthma.
Blends well with: Clary Sage blends well with most essential oils, though it works particularly well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman and German Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Ylang-ylang.
Aromatic Scent: Clary Sage has an earthy, fruity and floral aroma that is both nutty and herbaceous.
History: The name Clary Sage is derived from the Latin word for clear – probably because the herb was once used for clearing mucous from the eyes. During the sixteenth century it was also used in England for brewing beer as a replacement for hops.
Cautions: Clary Sage Oil is non-toxic, and non-sensitizing. It is not to be used during pregnancy.