Essential oil of the month – Clary Sage

Clary Sage

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.

Key Constituents:
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.

Blends with:
Bergamot, cardamom, coriander, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, pine, rose, sandalwood.

Safety data:
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 Relieve Mood Swings
Take a bath with 2 drops Clary Sage  and 4 drops Tangerine.

To Boost Sexual Energy
Mix  20ml carrier oil, 4 drops Clary Sage, 2 droops Jasmin Absolute and 4 drops Sandalwood. Apply to the body using soothing strokes.

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.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.