Clary sage essential oil is obtained from the herb called Salvia sclarea. It earned its nickname “the woman’s oil” from the several benefits it provides to women’s health particularly about menopause and menstruation. Clary sage essential oil uses range from premenstrual symptom relief to aromatherapy. It possesses sedative abilities that cause feelings of calmness, clarity, and relaxation while also alleviating dizziness. This oil may help to stimulate male and female libido. Clary sage is also as much relevant topically as cosmetically. It exudes a cooling effect that calms inflamed skin and rashes. It balances out sebum production with that of natural oil and also strengthens muscle and skin.
In the medical world, clary sage prevents or eliminates harmful bacteria from spreading. It facilitates wound healing addresses joint aches, sprains, strains, and muscle aches. This oil also improves the circulation of body fluids and is known for both regulating and stimulating women’s menstrual cycle. Taking a brief walk down memory lane, we see that clary sage is a native oil to Southern France, Italy, and Syria. Its name was derived from ‘Clarus,’ a Latin word. This plant’s seeds were believed to improve eye health and vision, hence the reason for its name “bright eye” or “clear eye.”
Clary Sage Benefits
The following chemicals make up clary sage bark: Sclareol, Linalyl Acetate, Germacrene -D, Linalool, and alpha-Terpineol.
Linalyl acetate possesses anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, analgesic, and astringent properties. Linalool can serve as an antimicrobial, anti-depressant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, anti-anxiety, and anti-epileptic. Germacrene -D possesses anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and stimulant properties. Alpha-terpineol is antifungal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anxiolytic, antioxidant, and sedative. Sclareol is also anti-microbial, balances hormones, and effective in relieving cramps, pains, hot flashes, and night sweats.
Clary sage anti-inflammatory and nervine properties soothe headaches and promote peaceful sleep respectively. It has uplifting qualities that improve mental strength and self-esteem as well as stimulating male and female libido.
The antispasmodic properties aids in relieving convulsive problems connected with muscle cramps, cholera, coughs, stomach aches, improper digestion, and muscle cramps. Furthermore, this oil decreases symptoms of cold and cough while effectively supporting hormone balances and deodorizing body odors.
Clary sage can also be used topically or cosmetically. It is both suited for dry and oily skin types and exhibits cooling effects that soothe inflamed skin and calm rashes. Its ability to stabilize sebum and natural oil production prevents acne and pimple breakout. It contains rich antioxidants that tighten, strengthens muscle and skin, and fortifies the hair reducing hair loss.
Used medicinally, it prevents or stops harmful bacteria from spreading. These bacteria could lead to fungal infections. When clary sage essential oil is applied to your wounds, irritations, bruises, and burns they prevent them from getting septic thus facilitating the healing process. Its stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in addressing sprain, strains, joint, and muscle pain.
Clary sage essential oil is also useful in enhancing circulation and strengthening the digestive system. Its carminative properties facilitate gas elimination while decreasing bloating induced discomfort, and it prevents flatulence. When addressing premenstrual symptoms the oil regulates and stimulates the cycle at the same time reducing pain.
Clary Sage Essential Oil Uses
The scent of this oil is useful in aromatherapy to ease stress. It can be diffused with other essential oils that act as mood enhancers such as orange essential oil, ginger essential oil, and bergamot essential oil.
Furthermore, clary sage contributes to a deeper concentration sense and spirituality when used during meditation and prayer. For a more are and attentive state diffuse six drops of clary sage with either orange essential oil or frankincense. Alternatively, you can make a perfume blend for meditation with two drops of frankincense, two drops of Melissa, two drops of sandalwood, two drops of orange, and two drops of clary sage in a 5ml container. You can fill up the container with any carrier oil.
For a mood-enhancing blend, dilute three to five drops of clary sage with a carrier oil of your preference, then add to a tub of warm water. The stress-relieving aromatic soak is popular for promoting restful sleep, especially for those with insomnia. On the other hand, you can diffuse three to four drops in your bedroom for a few minutes before you sleep.
For keeping negative mood at bay, add fifteen drops of clary sage, ten drops of sandalwood, ten drops of bergamot to forty-five millimeters of hazel distillate. Mix all this in a spray bottle and add distilled water. Shake the bottle thoroughly and spray the blend in your room or any space you want to relax.
Clary sage is also used by cosmetic companies for smoother, calmer, and clearer skin. It has become an appreciated ingredient in making moisturizers that have an anesthetic effect to address skin inflammation and redness while also soothing sore body muscles. Add one to three drops of clary sage to your body lotion or face cream for this.
Another area where clary sage essential oil is useful is hair. This oil is known to stimulate stronger, healthier hair strands growth while removing dandruff and avoiding excess production of natural sebum and oil on the scalp. To get the right blend for this effect, mix five to six drops of clary sage with one tablespoon of low heated coconut oil as the carrier. Massage this mixture into your scalp before showering and leave to soak for thirty minutes. After this wash out with regular shampoo.
Clary sage essential oil uses and benefits outweigh any side effects if there are any that is. However, if you are a pregnant or lactating mother, consult your gynecologist or pediatrician before using this oil. Some essential oils are harmful to developing fetuses and babies.