PORTRAIT

You don’t want to live your life without clary sage essential oil to promote stability and calmness, no matter what your hormones are doing. This warming oil can be breathed in to immediately reduce anxiety or added to a bath so you can luxuriate in its fruity and floral fragrance as it goes to work relieving pain and tension. Open up your body to the power of clary sage and move forward with confidence and courage.

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

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

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

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antidepressant – An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.
  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Antispasmodic—Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Antiviral– An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Bactericide– An agent that destroys bacteria.
  • Carminative – Relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.
  • Digestive – Increases functional activity of the digestive tract.
  • Emmenagogue– Helps promote and regulate menstruation.
  • Sedative – Calms and tranquilizes by lowering the functional activity of the organ or body part.
  • Stimulant– An agent that stimulates the physiological functions of the body.
  • Tonic— An agent that strengthens and improves bodily performance.

HOW TO USE

Anxiety: 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.

Calming Bath: Use in a bath, using clary sage to help calm the nerves and relieve muscular pain and cramps. Blend together in a separate container, 6–8 drops of clary sage into 1 tablespoon of milk or carrier oil. Optional: Add a 1/2-cup of Epsom salts to bath water.

Cramps: Massage into skin where there is pain or cramps. See Cramp & Pain Relief in recipes tab.

Diffuser: This is great oil for calming the mind.

Perfume: Dab on wrist for a perfume.

Relaxation: 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.

Always dilute essential oils  with a carrier oil.

 

SAFETY

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.

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

 

RECIPES

Cramp & Pain Relief

5 drops clary sage

3 drops ginger

1 drop black pepper

4 drops juniper berry

1 oz. carrier oil or unscented lotion

Directions: Blend all ingredient together in a container. Massage into effected area.

 

MORE INFO

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.

References:

  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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