Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) is an evergreen, perennial herb that grows up to 80cm in height, with soft downy leaves and deep blue or violet flowers. A native to southern Europe and now cultivated worldwide (especially in the Mediterranean region, Russia, USA, England and central Europe) this herb has a warming quality and is an excellent general tonic.
The oil which has a middle keynote, is extracted from the herb by steam distillation. As well as strengthening the kidneys and stomach, Clary Sage is a powerful relaxant and particularly useful in the treatment of hysteria, paranoia and panic attacks.
Alpha pinene, alpha-terpineol, bete-pinene, borneol, camphene, caryophyllene oxide, cineol, cis-ocimene, geranyl acetate, germacrene D , limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate (up to 75%), myrcene, nerol, neryl acetate, phellandrene, sclareol, trans-ocimene.
Body systems affected:
Digestive, nervous, respiratory, urinary, glandular, structural, skin
Main therapeutic properties:
Analgesic, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stimulant (urine), tonic (uterine), emmenagogue.
Secondary therapeutic properties:
Anti-phlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bacte-ricidal, carminative, cicatrisant, deodorant, stomachic.
Main therapeutic use:
Convulsions, cramp, debility, depression, epilepsy, frigidity, glandular problems, high blood pressure, impotence, menopausal problems, menstrual problems, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, stress, vertigo.
Secondary therapeutic use:
Acne, amenorrhoea, asthma, boils, colic, dandruff, dry skin conditions, dysmenorrhoea, dyspepsia, endometriosis, flatulence, fungal skin infections, haemor-rhoids, inflamed skin conditions, leucorrhea, loss of hair, oil skin conditions, varicose veins, venous aneurysm, whooping cough, wrinkles.
Avoid during pregnancy. Possible narcotic effect with alcohol. Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising. Can impair concentration so avoid when driving.
Aromatherapy blends using Clary Sage essential oil
To Help Bring on Labour Contractions and Feel More Calm During Childbirth
Mix 20ml carrier oil, 2 drops Clary Sage and 2 drops Jasmin Absolute, and ask your birthing partner to massage the blend into your abdomen and lower back.