Clary Sage: Tonic for Mind, Body and Soul

Posted: February 25, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Clary Sage Essential Oil As an Aromatherapist, I have a special love and predilection for Clary Sage. This particular oil is as magical as it is versatile – I have used it to help my clients with relationship problems, self-esteem issues, emotional turmoil and even gynaecological disorders. I frequently use Clary Sage in homemade shampoos and it is the key ingredient in ALEGRIA, my best selling aromatherapy blend! Through this article, I want to share with you the multiple benefits of this amazing oil.

What is Clary Sage?

Clary Sage is a perennial herb with greyish, velvety heart-shaped leaves and numerous pale-blue violet-pink flowers. Although the plant is native to the Mediterranean region, it is widely cultivated across central Europe, Russia, England, Morocco and the USA for its essential oil. The oil finds various applications in the liquor and perfume industries, apart from aromatherapy. The English name ‘clary’ is derived from the Latin word ‘sclarea’, which in turn is derived from ‘clarus’, meaning ‘clear’.  The name ‘clary’ was gradually modified to Clear Eye, possibly because the mucilaginous seeds of the herb were once used for removing foreign bodies from the eyes.

Clary Sage Essential Oil – Uses in Aromatherapy

Clary Sage is an excellent relaxant having somewhat aphrodisiac, euphoric, and antidepressant characteristics. Rich in plant estrogen, it is especially helpful in treating women-specific conditions. From asthma and insomnia to indigestion and hypertension, the remarkable therapeutic qualities of Clary Sage make it an all-in-one tonic for the whole body.

Clary Sage Essential Oil for Hormonal Balance

Clary Sage’s is effective against PMS, painful periods, menstrual irregularity, symptoms of menopause and labor. A clinical trial involving the use of essential oils being used during labor revealed that Clary Sage’s relaxing and analgesic effects contributed to its ability to accelerate labor. [1] Yet another study conducted at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford reported that Clary Sage assisted contractions, making labor shorter and less painful for mothers. [2] Clary Sage is also a uterine stimulant and an emmenagogue that promotes menstruation when delayed, scanty or completely absent. When massaged over the abdomen during periods, its spasmolytic and analgesic action on the uterus can relieve menstrual cramps.

Clary Sage Essential Oil for Nervous Equilibrium

Clary Sage is a powerful nerve tonic, valuable for all types of nervous debility and states of exhaustion. Furthermore, people who are prone to paranoia and panic attacks are likely to benefit from its anxiolytic properties. A clinical trial carried out by an Italian group who have been researching the anti-inflammatory and peripheral analgesic effects of Clary Sage, has demonstrated the oil’s anti-convulsion effect in animals. Specific conditions of neurasthenia or hyperactivity in children also respond well to Clary Sage. [2]

Clary Sage Essential Oil for Emotional Well-Being

Clary Sage has mild narcotic properties, which spark creativity and vivid imagination. Its herby scent can also relieve feelings of tension and anxiety that are so typical during exams or interviews. Clary Sage is a calming oil that kindles both mind and spirit, and can induce a kind of euphoria or a feeling of elation, although in some cases it simply causes drowsiness. It may be used in a massage blend or in the bath to treat nervous exhaustion and depression. [3]

Clary Sage Essential Oil for Sexual Health

Clary Sage’s stress-busting and deeply relaxing properties make it a powerful natural aphrodisiac. While it fuels desire and masculinity in men, its profound characteristics stimulate sexual appetite and confidence in women. The oil also helps overcome frigidity, inhibition or anxiety that may come in the way of a fulfilling man-woman relationship. [4]

Clary Sage Essential Oil For Skin and Hair Care

Clary Sage is used in several skin and hair care products owing to its hydrating, antimicrobial and anti-dandruff properties. It is known to revitalize the scalp and clear dead skin, thus reducing flakiness and itching commonly associated with dandruff. Have you ever used Clary Sage essential oil? Share your experience with us! References: [1] The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia [2] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 3edition, Len and Shirley Price [3] Aromatherapy and the Mind, Julia Lawless [4] Aromantics © 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.