Article by Kaniz F. Shah
|Botanical Name:||salvia sclarea|
|English Name:||clary sage|
|Popular Name(s):||clary, clear eyes, toute bonne|
|Parts Used:||seed, flower, leaves, stems|
|Habitat:||Mediterranean, North Africa and Central Asia|
|Odor:||lovely, earthy, sharp, spicy, herbaceous|
|Effect / Energy:||warming|
|Extraction method:||steam distilled from flowing plant|
|Blends with:||bergamot, citrus oils, cypress, geranium, sandalwood|
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Plant Description:Clary sage is a stunning plant that grows up to 4 ft tall with very large downy leaves and tall spikes of pinkish-blue flowers and thick, hairy square stems. The entire plant has a very distinctive, lovely, earthy, sharp, spicy and herbaceous fragrance. The leaves, flowers and essential oil are used to flavor liqueurs, wines and vermouth. It is also widely used in perfume because of its luscious scent. Historically, the young leaves were fried in batter and eaten as a side vegetable. The old French name for this herb is toute bonne, meaning all good.
Health Benefits of Clary SageClary sage oil is recognized as safe by the FDA for human consumption. Dilute 1 drop oil with 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. beverage. It is not meant for children under 6 years. Use with caution for kids over 6 years and be sure to dilute your drink even more to prevent any side effects. Following are some benefits of clary sage:
Clears the Eyes:Clary sage seeds mixed with hot water for a few minutes release a mucilage which, when strained, makes an excellent wash for sore, tired, red eyes. Its ability to clear the eyes dates back to the Middle Ages where it was nicknamed “clear eyes”.
Female Support:Clary sage essential oil is used in aromatherapy massage to promote female health. It helps relieve menstrual cramps and PMS, balances hormones like estrogen and helps with pre-menopausal symptoms (e.g. hot flashes). It improves lactation in pregnant women, helps promote breast enlargement and balances emotional stress including mood swings and depression. It also has been used for endometriosis, dysmenorrhea and trigger fertility in both men and women.
Soothes Muscle Tension:The essential oil is used in aromatherapy massage to help with emotions, depression and exhaustion. It helps soothe tired muscles and uplifts the mood.
Induces Sleep:Clary sage has soothing, warming and calming properties. It balances emotions and helps you relax into sound sleep.
Digestive Aid:An infusion made of clary sage leaves alone is a good tonic for the kidneys When made with chamomile flowers, it helps with digestion.
Other Uses:Other uses for clary sage essential oil include epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, hemorrhoids, cholesterol and seizures. A strong infusion of young leaves helps heal cuts, grazes, sore throat, infections and wounds. The mucilage of Clary sage is known to help reduce swellings and tumors and pull out splinters and thorns. Mixed with vinegar and honey, it can help reduce boils and tumors.
Clary Sage for the Skin and Hair:
- It is known to promote the regeneration of skin cells, which helps keep the skin looking healthier and more youthful. It assists oily or dry skin by helping to regulate sebum production, which makes it effective in treating conditions such as, seborrhea, dandruff or acne.
- Used as a scalp massage, it seems to encourage hair growth and strengthens the hair to minimize hair loss.
This article is for informational purpose only. Clary sage is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Use the essential oil with caution during pregnancy. Do not use on babies. Avoid before and after consumption of alcohol. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.