Clary sage 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 restore confidence and courage, assisting in postnatal depression and recovery from illness and injury.
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 down your heart rate while bringing emotional calm. Trust me, 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.”
It is also a general tonic for the stomach and digestive system, relieving tension in that area.
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 essential oils used during labor found clary sage was beneficial for its analgesic effects, relaxing effects, and ability to accelerate labor.
- Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
- Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
- Tisserand & Balacs. Essential Oil Safety, Elsevier Limited, Great Britain, 1995