Clary sage essential oil gets its name from the Latin word ‘clarus’ which means ‘clear’. Many people think this is because clary sage was used to clear eye problems, but others believe it’s because it has the power to clear the mind of negative emotions and bad moods. However it got its name, we love clary sage for the soothing effect of its fragrance.
Clary sage essential oil uses
Often a favourite for people looking to relax, clary sage is also popular with those who love to blend their own essential oil combinations. Its middle note aroma has a nutty, herbaceous quality that lends itself to recipes with citrus oils such as lemon and wild orange. Alternatively, try blending clary sage with the grounded fragrance of juniper berry oil to create a comforting oil blend.
If you struggle to sleep, the carefree, floral scent of clary sage can help to quiet the mind and encourage an undisturbed night when you need one. Add it to your bath before bed or mix it with a carrier oil for a soothing self-massage before you drop off to sleep.
Clary sage essential oil benefits
It’s claimed that clary sage helps to relax the veins and the arteries, which can, in turn, reduce blood pressure. There is also research to suggest that clary sage can reduce inflammation. As a result, clary sage oil is often blended with a carrier oil and applied to joints and muscles to relieve aches and pains.
Many women use clary sage essential oil for the relief of period pains and mood swings. Clary sage seems to have the ability to calm irritability and help reset the mind, earning it a reputation as a must-have for anyone struggling with hormones, painful cramps and low moods. For those who struggle with breakouts linked to their cycle, clary sage is also used to balance hormones and prevent skin from becoming oily.
If you travel frequently, keep a bottle in your overnight bag to help you to stay calm and sleep well after long journeys.
Clary sage essential oil facts
|Botanical name||Salvia sclarea|
|Plant part||Leaves and flowers|
|Extraction method||Steam distilled|
|Strength of aroma||Medium to strong|
|Consistency||Thin to medium|
|Colour||Light, golden yellow|
|Aromatic scent||Earthy, fruity, floral aroma that is herbaceous and nutty|
Caution: It is not safe to use clary sage during pregnancy, as it can cause Braxton Hicks contractions and may induce early labour.