Clary Sage is one of the most important essential oils as a women’s remedy. All three phases of a woman’s life stand to benefit from Clary Sage – the menstrual cycle, childbirth and menopause.

Clary Sage is a wonderful essential oil for the relief of menstrual cramps because of the anti-spasmodic and analgesic action on the womb. The essential oil is also a uterine stimulant and an emmenagogue (an agent that promotes and regulates menstrual flow).

Holmes suggests that Clary Sage’s estrogenic action on the system results from pituitary-gonadal stimulation. It is very likely that Clary Sage exerts a regulating action on the pituitary gland. Clary Sage is recommended for managing menopause. Holmes suggests blending it with geranium oil to use in a bath or foot bath.

Clary Sage essential oil can ease the pain, anxiety, tension, and take the edge off the mother going through childbirth.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Flower buds
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes
Country of Origin: France
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Warm and radiant, sweet fruity, floral and herbaceous
Note Classification: Middle



Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Restores confidence and courage
  • Enhances one’s ability to dream
  • Relieves nervous anxiety
  • Emotionally uplifting
  • Euphoric

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-viral
  • Bactericidal – destructive to bacteria
  • Carminative – settles digestion and may assist in preventing gas
  • Digestive System Tonic/Stimulant
  • Sedative
  • Emmenagogue – Helps promote and regulate menstruation


This is a fantastic oil to keep with you when traveling to help relieve an anxiety or panic attack. Just put a couple of drops of Clary Sage on the palm of your hand, vigorously rub your hands together, cup them over your nose and mouth and deeply inhale. The essential oil will calm the heart rate down while calming the person down emotionally.
Diffuse Clary Sage. This is a great oil for calming the mind.

  • Add a few drops to bath water.
  • Apply at the wrists as a perfume.
  • Apply Clary Sage to the wrists, temples, or bottom of feet for relaxation. May enhance one’s ability to dream and is very calming and stress relieving.
  • You can apply Clary Sage “neat,” meaning without a carrier oil. Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. You can also make a massage blend if you don’t want to use the oil “neat”.

Massage Blend – Blend 5-6 drops of Clary Sage to 1 oz. of carrier oil like olive oil or any vegetable oil.

  • Massage into skin where there is pain or cramps. Use massage recipe above.
  • Massage into skin to relax and calm the nerves, to relieve depression, or to help get a good night’s sleep.


Possible mild irritant to skin and mucous membranes. Tisserand suggests that just because Clary Sage is labeled as an Emmenagogue does not imply that the oil is an abortifacient in the amounts used in aromatherapy and, as such, it should present no danger in pregnancy.

More Info

This oil is very warming, sedative and an excellent nerve tonic, and can induce feelings of mild euphoria in some individuals. Clary Sage essential oil is a tonic for one’s overall well-being, and is ideal for use on a regular basis in baths or as a perfume. As Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt notes in Advanced Aromatherapy, “Clary Sage impresses with its aroma. When applied to the wrists or temples, it is relaxing in a gentle, effective manner.”

The essential oil of Clary Sage can be beneficial for nervous disorders accompanied by weakness and debility. The oil helps to restore confidence and courage, assisting in post-natal depression, and recovering from illness and injury. It is a general tonic for the stomach and digestive system, relieving tension in that area. When I was attending Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt’s course in Boston, he suggested using Clary Sage when having an anxiety attack. Just put a couple of drops on the palm of your hand, vigorously rub your hands together, cup them over your nose and mouth and deeply inhale. The essential oil will calm the heart rate down while calming the person down emotionally. It Works!!!

Salvatore Battaglia states, “Clary Sage is recommended for treating asthma as it relaxes spasms in the bronchial tube and helps reduce anxiety and emotional tension often associated with asthma sufferers.” Mojay also states that, “Clary Sage works to open the chest when it feels stuffy, tight, or constricted.”

Clary Sage essential oil is often found in skin care and hair care formulas. One of the many natural chemical components is Sclareol, which has an estrogen-like structure that may contribute to the health of tissues and cells.

A clinical trial involving the use of essential oils being used during labor found Clary Sage was beneficial for its analgesic effects, relaxing effects, and its ability to accelerate labor.


  1. Battaglia S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition.  The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  2. Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
  3. Tisserand & Balacs.  Essential Oil Safety, Elsevier Limited, Great Britain, 1995

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