A close relative of the common garden sage, the clary sage is a perennial herb that grows from May to September.
When converted into an essential oil, clary sage provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion and kidneys. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still worth using due to its many positive health effects.
What Is Clary Sage Oil?
Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb (Salvia sclarea), which in the past was found in Southern France, Italy and Syria, but today is cultivated worldwide — mostly within European regions, including Central Europe, as well as England, Morocco, Russia and the United States.
Clary sage gets its name from the Latin word “clarus,” which means “clear.” It was referred to as “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages.
Clary sage oil is often used to help improve vision and to address related conditions, such as tired or strained eyes. The clary sage seeds are known among Germans as “muscatel sage,” due to their use as a flavor enhancer for muscatel wine.
Uses of Clary Sage Oil
Clary oil essential oil is added to soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes. In fact, it is the main component of Eau de Cologne, a simple perfume that originated in Cologne, Germany.
Apart from potentially treating eye health-related problems, clary sage oil is also used to help calm the nervous system, especially during times of stress, depression and insomnia. If you’re new to aromatherapy, I suggest trying out clary sage oil to experience its anxiety-fighting effects.
|✓ Aphrodisiac — While there are no prominent studies confirming it as an aphrodisiac, this is another well-known use of clary sage oil.
Those who use it for this purpose believe it could help boost libido and may improve sexual performance, as well as possibly help treat psychological problems related to loss of libido and impotence.
|✓ Painkiller — Clary sage essential oil can help relieve headaches, back pain, muscle stiffness and cramps.5|
|✓ Antiseptic — Oil of clary sage can be used to potentially cleanse wounds and may help protect the body during surgery and against other infections.6|
|✓ Blood pressure regulator — It can help reduce blood pressure by relaxing the arteries, and may help decrease your risk of heart problems.7|
|✓ Hair treatment — Clary sage is believed to help stimulate hair growth. The essential oil can also help in limiting the sebum produced in scalp and aid in treating dandruff.8|
|✓ Skin health promoter — Clary sage oil can help regulate oil production and reduce inflammation that contributes to dermatitis.9|
|✓ Ingredient in herbal products — It is found in many herbal personal care products like facial cleansers.|
|✓ Ingredient in liqueur and food products — Clary sage oil is added to muscatel wine and wine essences. It is also used as a natural additive in food products like frozen dairy desserts, baked goods, condiments and non-alcoholic beverages.|
Composition of Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil is produced in several countries and therefore may have varying chemical compositions. However, it is known to have high concentrations of esters (about 72 percent), such as linalyl acetate, which has antispasmodic and sedative properties.
Oil of clary sage also contains alcohols (about 14 percent) and sesquiterpenes (up to 3 percent).10 Diterpene sclareol and sesquiterpene caryophyllene, compounds that have antimicrobial activities, are also found in the essential oil.
Benefits of Clary Sage Oil
Regular sage oil (Salvia officinalis) and clary sage oil possess similar therapeutic properties, but the former is often associated with adverse reactions.
Aromatherapists prefer clary sage oil, and consider it safer. Clary sage essential oil can help fight bacteria that may thrive in your digestive system, urinary tract and excretory system.
It exhibits moderate antibacterial activity against various strains of bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella and Proteus mirabilis species,11 and potent antifungal activity against strains of Candida,12 Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium species.13
This essential oil can be particularly helpful for women because of its hormone-like components. In Europe, clary sage oil is employed to help ease menopausal discomfort, menstrual pain and regulate menstrual cycles.
Due to its esters, it can help relax muscular spasms and pains that may arise from stress and nervous tension.14 The oil from the clary sage plant may also provide the following benefits to your health:
|✓ Helps treat symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome||✓ Assists in regulating blood pressure|
|✓ Helps relax the bronchial tubes of asthma sufferers||✓ Helps treat respiratory ailments like colds, bronchitis and sore throat|
|✓ Works to support healthy digestion||✓ Helps address acne and oily skin|
|✓ Reduces your risk of inflammation and certain types of dermatitis||✓ Improves memory and helps stimulate mental activity|
How to Make Clary Sage Oil
In the production of the essential oil, clary sage herbs undergo steam distillation, and this process yields a colorless or pale yellowish-green oil, with a sweet, nutty and balsamic aroma. The composition of the oil may differ depending on what species of Salvia is used for the extraction.
How Does Clary Sage Oil Work?
Clary sage oil can be used topically and inhaled. It can also be ingested, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies it as generally safe for human consumption (GRAS) and approves it as an additive for foods.15 Below are some specific ways to enjoy clary sage oil benefits:
• To soothe eye problems, soak a clean cloth in a mixture of warm water and a few drops of clary sage oil. Afterward, press over both eyes for 10 minutes.
• Relieve anxiety and emotional tension by inhaling clary sage oil. Add a few drops to diffusers and burners.
• Use the oil as a massage oil and rub on painful areas. This can also be used on women suffering from menstrual pains.
• Add a few drops to your bath water to address pain and stress.
• Apply topically as a moisturizer to regulate the production of sebum on your skin.
Is Clary Sage Oil Safe?
As with other essential oils, clary sage oil should be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil and olive oil. Always make sure that you only use therapeutic grade essential oils, and consult a physician or an experienced aromatherapist before using the product internally.
In spite of clary sage’s benefits, it should never be used if you’re consuming alcohol or taking any narcotics. People with low blood pressure should also avoid using this herbal oil because of its hypotensive effects.
Due to its estrogenic nature, clary sage essential oil may have a negative impact on people who need to regulate their estrogen levels. It is important for people with estrogen-induced conditions to avoid using it, and seek the advice of a healthcare professional.16
While clary sage may have a beneficial effect for childbirth, it should be avoided by women during pregnancy because it stimulates menstrual flow. Infants and young children should also be kept away from essential oils due to their highly sensitive skin.
Clary Sage Oil Side Effects
To test if you have any sensitizations to oil of clary sage, I suggest applying a drop of it on a small portion of your skin and observe for any adverse reactions for 24 hours. You may also do a skin patch test.
If you’re fit for use, control use of the oil, as large quantities can cause headaches and drowsiness. Some people experience euphoria upon use, which hinder their concentration. In some individuals, the effects of clary sage oil are comparable to those of cannabis. According to them, they end up feeling drugged when used in aromatherapy massage.
Never use clary sage oil directly on your eyes. Avoid ingesting or applying undiluted oils on your skin without the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist. Apart from consulting a knowledgeable professional, do your research prior to using clary sage oil as well as other essential oils.
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