clarysage-iss-700wClary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil contains natural phytoestrogens,which is considered to be one of the top essential oils for women hormones!

Clary sage essential oil for women provides clarity and self-confidence. It frees from such unpleasant PMS symptoms like swelling, depression and anxiety, regulates the menstrual cycle and reduces hot flushes.
This herb rejuvenates the endocrine system, normalizes the pituitary gland work and has many good qualities sage, but not as strong as sage. Especially prized aromatic sage during menopause. As a source of phytoestrogens is recommended to take them inside, as well as the sweet gentle essential oil can anoint wet skin.
Sage flavoring substance does throat and speech center in the brain, and not just for singers who want to develop a voice, but also for people who are trying to say something, but could not find the right words. People who are afraid of their creative powers are also advised to contact the Sage – to burn as incense or use their essential oil.
Odoriferous sage essential oil health benefits:
• Antidepressants: effectively combats depression. It can be very useful for those suffering from depression due to the failure of career or love, insecurity, loneliness, or other similar reasons.
• Body: strengthens the gums washed with water, to which add a few drops of essential oil. The oil tones and rejuvenates the skin, muscles and hair follicle, stops hair loss. Essential oil reduces the skin, especially in the head, the production of fat, so it can be added to the hair rinsed in water for use in shampoos and conditioners. It helps and dandruff.
• Antibacterial: it destroys bacteria and prevent new infections. It is possible to eliminate bacteria that enter our body through water or food materials. Helps to quickly recover from the flu, some suffer from general weakness.
• Aphrodisiac. not only excites the senses and increases libido, but also helps to treat coldness, frigidity and impotence, psychological problems related to sexuality. It is effective for both men and women.
• Antispasmodics: reduces muscle spasms, spastic cough, abdominal pain and headaches. Suitable for patients with migraine. Has warming effect.
• Antiseptic: wounds protects against infection and tetanus.
Deodorant: Removes odors, making use of body scents, air fresheners, evaporated.
• Women: The oil is beneficial for women whose menstrual cycle is irregular or delayed. However, the essential oil should be used only in the first half of the menstrual period, as the later can cause severe bleeding. It also reduces pain, helps with dizziness, irritability, menopause.

What is Clary Sage?

The clary sage plant has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb. It’s a perennial in the genus Salvi, and its scientific name is salvia sclarea.
Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb (Salvia sclarea), which in the past was found in Southern France, Italy, and Syria, but today is cultivated worldwide – mostly within European regions, including Central Europe, as well as England, Morocco, Russia, and the United States.
Clary sage gets its name from the Latin word “clarus,” which means “clear.” It is referred to as “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages.
Clary sage oil is often used to improve vision and address related conditions, such as tired or strained eyes. The clary sage seeds are known among Germans as “muscatel sage,” due to their use as a flavor enhancer for muscatel wine.
Many connoisseurs believe the English and French clary sage oils are the finest, although admittedly they are usually the most expensive due to the cost of labour.
Clary sage is one of the most healthful essential oils, with anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a nerve tonic and sedative with soothing and warming components.
The chief components of clary sage essential oil are sclareol, alpha terpineol, geraniol, linalyl acetate, linalool, caryophyllene, neryl acetate and germacrene-D; it has high concentrations of esters at about 72 percent.

Traditional uses

During the Middle Ages the herb clary sage was highly regarded throughout Europe for its astringent, antispasmodic and carminative properties, and was used to relieve a wide range of gynaecological conditions including menstrual cramps, delayed and painful menstruation, plus complaints associated with menopause such as hot flushes.
A favourite with midwives, it was used to induce labour or strengthen contractions during childbirth. Clary sage tea was used to ease digestive and kidney conditions, to protect against infections of the mouth, and as an eyewash.
In his ‘Complete Herbal & English Physician’ (1653), the herbalist Culpeper refers to clary sage as ‘clear eye’ due to its reputation for successfully treating problems in the eye. After soaking for a few minutes, clary sage seeds form a thick mucilage which can be used to remove small foreign particles from the eye, and the same mucilage was used to draw thorns and splinters from the skin, reduce inflammation, and heal tumours.
Culpeper used the leaves in a mixture of honey and boiled vinegar to treat various skin infections and for weak backs recommended eating the fresh leaves ‘dipped in a batter of flour, eggs, and a little milk, and fried in butter, and served to the table’.

Harvesting and extraction

The flowers and leaves are collected at the end of blooming when the level of volatile oil in the plant is at its highest. The cutting and bundling usually takes place during the afternoon at which time the level of oil is at its daily peak unless it is too hot and sunny, raining or foggy; heat vaporizes the oil and excess humidity lowers the yield.
Any woody stalks are removed prior to charging the still since they contain virtually no oil, and because the yield is quite low via steam distillation (0.15% to 0.4%), it is processed quickly to avoid the loss of precious oil by evaporation.
Freshly distilled clary sage essential oil is colourless to pale olive with a tenacious warm, balsamic, sweet-herbaceous aroma that has characteristic nutty, woody and tobacco-like nuances. A concrete and absolute of clary sage is also available, and these are used in soaps, detergents, colognes, perfumes and skin care fragrances to provide tenacity and act as a fixative.

Uses of clary sage essential oil in aromatherapy

foot-reflexology-massageClary sage oil has a surprisingly wide range of uses, and with its natural affinity with the female reproductive organs it is surely one of the most important essential oils for a woman. It provides relief and support through all the reproductive and hormonal phases of her life; antispasmodic properties help relieve period cramps, an emmenagogic action regulates scanty periods, its calming action is invaluable for PMT, and studies have shown it to ease pain during labour.
There is a popular misconception that emmenagogic essential oils are unsafe during pregnancy because they are abortifacient and may lead to a miscarriage. This is incorrect, and in ‘Essential Oil Safety’. Tisserand states that emmenagogic oils present no danger in aromatherapy, and clary sage is listed as safe (when used externally) during pregnancy. This misunderstanding has been exacerbated due to S. sclarea being confused with S. lavandulifolia – which is an abortifacient.
Warning: Do not use alcohol while using aromatic sage essential oil, as this combination can cause nightmares. Before driving, also not advisable to do massage with this essential oil, because a man can relax and become lethargic. It is advisable to use only therapeutic aromatic sage essential oil as sage essential oil poisoning.
During the menopause, clary sage essential oil relieves the excessive perspiration associated with hot flushes and imparts a balancing and strengthening effect, perhaps due to the oils oestrogenic-like action.
This is a powerfully relaxing oil on both body and mind, which together with its renowned ‘euphoric’ effect makes it invaluable with all types of anxiety, depression and stress. Aromatherapists always advise clients not to take alcohol after using a high percentage of clary sage in treatments since it is reputed to increase the effects of alcohol.
When used in skin care this oil brings useful anti-aging properties, and on the mind it helps with the grieving process and dispels negative thoughts and emotions.

Use for health

Clary Sage improves a woman’s experience of the transitions in her life. Symbolizes the “Sacred Feminine.”
For stress relief and aromatherapy, diffuse or inhale 2–3 drops of clary sage essential oil.
sageessentialoil2To improve mood and joint pain, add 3–5 drops of clary sage oil to warm bath water. Try adding clary sage oil to my Homemade Healing Bath Salts to boost your mood and bust feelings of stress.
For eye care, add 2–3 drops of clary sage oil to a clean and warm wash cloth; press cloth over both eyes for 10 minutes.
For cramp and pain relief, create a massage oil by diluting 5 drops of clary sage oil with 5 drops of a carrier oil (like jojoba or coconut oil) and apply it to needed areas.
For skin care, create a mix of clary sage oil and a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) at a 1:1 ratio. Apply the mixture directly to your face, neck and body.
For internal use, ONLY very high-quality oil brands should be used. Add a drop of clary sage oil to water or take as dietary supplement; mix clary sage oil with honey or a smoothie.
To ease digestion, massage the abdomen with equal parts clary sage oil and a carrier oil, or use a hot compress with 3–5 drops of clary sage oil soaked into it.
To enhance healing prayer or meditation, mix 6 drops of clary sage oil with 2 drops of frankincense, white fir or orange oils. Add the mixture to a diffuser or oil burner.
To naturally relieve asthma symptoms, mix 4 drops of clary sage oil with lavender oil and massage the blend on the chest or back.
For hair health, massage equal parts clary sage oil and rosemary oil into your scalp while showering.
 Although most essential oils blend well with one another, it blends particularly well with juniper, cardamom, coriander, cypress, lavender, pine, geranium, rose, sandalwood, jasmine, vetiver, frankincense and other citrus oils.
Remember when making a purchase, you want to be sure that you are getting 100 percent clary sage oil and there aren’t any filler or byproducts that are added.

Possible Side Effects & Precautions

Use clary sage oil with caution during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester or when using it in the abdomen; clary sage can cause uterine contractions that may be dangerous. Clary sage oil is not for infants or toddlers.
There have been claims that clary sage oil brightens eyes, improves vision and protects loss of vision due to premature or normal aging; however, there is not enough research to suggest that essential oils be used in the eyes just yet. It may not be safe and should be discussed with your doctor.
relaxAvoid using clary sage oil during or after alcohol use; reports indicate that this may
lead to vivid dreams and trouble sleeping. When using clary sage oil topically, make sure to test yourself for skin sensitivity. Apply the oil to a small area first to make sure you won’t have a negative reaction.
Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Safe to use for all skin types.
Chloral hydrate and hexobarbitone interact with clary sage oil; they cause sleepiness and drowsiness, and clary sage seems to increase the effects of these medications.