Clary Sage comes from an herb of the same family as common sage, and is found in northern Africa, Central Asia, and is native to the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is steam distilled from the flower blossoms and the plant. The aroma is herbaceous, dry, sharp, and musky with a middle perfumery note.
Not only is Clary Sage a common use for its scent, there are many other benefits! Its scent and properties have been used for many years. Both uses- as a herbal remedy and as an ingredient in the cooling and reviving perfume known as Eau de Cologne- make this oil the perfect, sophisticated perfume for your home, 100% natural, and without the nasty effects of the artificial, toxic chemicals found in the commercial home fragrances sold in stores.
Beyond the scent, Clary Sage is known to relieve many other discomforts. It can reduce anxiety, help with insomnia, relieve pain associated with menstruation, relieve stress or emotional unrest related to hormones, calm skin inflammation, and soothe muscle soreness. No wonder Clary sage is mentioned often as a fabulous ‘women’s’ oil because of its many benefits directly related to women’s reproductive health.
Clary Sage is also great for addressing hot flashes. Dilute two drops of this oil in one table spoon of jojoba, coconut, almond oil or any carrier oil you have around the house. When you rub it on the back of the neck or on the feet has been shown to help with hot flashes. It can also be quite useful when inhaled. Clinical tests show that clary sage is more potent than monoamine neurotransmitter serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and can help menopausal women by minimizing thyroid stimulating hormones and reducing depression and stress levels. (1)
Studies on Clary Sage oil have proved to have an anti-depressive effect on rats, even more so than other calming oils including Lavender, Chamomile, and Rosemary. After being placed in a stressful environment, the readings of the stress hormone, corticosterone, were lower in the rats who had been exposed to Clary Sage. “Our findings indicate that clary oil could be developed as a therapeutic agent for patients with depression and that the antidepressant-like effect of clary oil is closely associated with modulation of the DAnergic pathway” (G. Seol, et. al) (2,3).
It sounds like Clary Sage would be a great choice to both clear and calm the mind as well as a tool for when you are fighting depression or seasonal affective disorder. These same calming effects can also help with insomnia.
If you are a female over the age of 15, odds are you are familiar with menstrual pain and discomfort. Cramping is a very real problem and can disrupt your life for the duration of your cycle. Clary Sage can be a real comfort! In a randomized, double blind clinical study of women diagnosed with dysmenorrhea (painful periods or menstrual pain) it was shown that the group who practiced abdominal massage with essential oils including Clary Sage had significant reduction in symptoms!
Here it is in the words of the study: “Aromatic oil massage provided relief for outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea and reduced the duration of menstrual pain in the essential oil group. The blended essential oils contain four key analgesic components that amount to as much as 79.29%, these analgesic constitutes are linalyl acetate, linalool, eucalyptol, and β-caryophyllene. This study suggests that this blended formula can serve as a reference for alternative and complementary medicine on primary dysmenorrhea.” (1)
If you read that again, you see that they attribute the reduction in symptoms to the analgesic effect of the certain components found in the essential oils they used. Clary Sage is high in both Linalyl acetate and linalool. What does that mean? Clary Sage has a high analgesic property. How awesome is this oil!
Those same two components, linalyl acetate and linalool, can do even more! There was a study completed that proved these elements in Clary Sage have an antifungal effect. The components listed above were able to penetrate the cells of a common fungus found in our bodies- yeast. When that happened, the yeast (fungus) cells began to die off! You have likely heard of the common ailment when our body overgrows yeast - a ‘yeast infection’ - and now we see that Clary Sage could assist in curbing that overgrowth.
I hope that all of this has given you even more interest and faith in this awesome and sometimes undervalued oil, Clary Sage. Be sure to check our website for Clary Sage to find the best uses and benefits for it, as well as a list of other essential oils that blend well with Clary Sage. Each oil’s page contains a wealth of information, be sure to check out our entire collection of USDA Certified Organic essential oils.
2. Antidepressant-like Effect of Salbvia Sclarea is Explained by Modulation of Dopamine in Rats. G Seol; H Shim; P Kim; H Moon; K Lee;I Shim; S Suh; S Min et. al.