Clary Sage is the most euphoric of the essential oils, and it can produce an almost druglike narcotic "high". Combined with its pronounced anti-depressant qualities, this euphoria makes it a powerful aid to easing depression, melancholia, anxiety, stress and chronic general dissatisfaction. Overall, clary sage is intoxicating, sensuous and uplifting.
One of the most valuable essential oils in treating menstrual cramps, clary sage in baths or hot compresses on the abdomen relaxes mind and body, eases pain and its estrogenic action helps to bring on and regulate menstruation. Clary sage also helps to treat menopausal symptoms, and can be used in childbirth in a massage oil during early labor. It is an aphrodisiac, especially good for those who are so stressed that their sexuality has diminished.
Clary sage is good in a massage oil over the chest and back to help relieve asthma. Added to shampoo or massaged into the scalp, it can prevent dandruff and balances sebum levels, so it is beneficial for all skin and hair types. Clary sage can also help to reduce excessive sweating, when used in a footbath or bath.
Psychologically, clary sage is deeply relaxing, euphoric and revitalizing. Using in small quantities, it is a useful aid to meditation, and facilitates dream work by encouraging powerful and vivid dreams. Clary sage helps strengthen subtle energies and divine inspiration.
Use it for
- alleviating anxiety
- easing symptoms of PMS or menopause
- increasing concentration
- boosting libido
Main therapeutic properties
- Bath: to combat menstrual symptoms from irritability to muscle cramps, add 7 drops of clary sage to a tablespoon of a carrier oil and add to a warm bath.
- Diffusion: diffuse clary sage in the home to create a calm environment.
- Indirect inhalation: for an on-the-go anxiety aid, create an aromatic spritzer. Add 12 drops of clary sage, 10 drops of sandalwood, and 8 drops of jasmine to 1/4 cup (50ml) water in a small, portable amber or dark blue spray bottle. To use, spray in the air and walk through it, inhaling deeply.
Contraindications: avoid throughout pregnancy. Do not use before or after drinking alcohol.
- Scientific Name: Salvia sclaria
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Country of Origin: U.S.A.
- Net Content: 0.34 fl oz/10ml