10ml Clary Sage Oil

ESSENCE OF ARCADIA

10ml Clary Sage Oil

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ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE: CLARY SAGE

Clary sage essential oil is produced from the flowering tops and leaves of the Salvia sclarea herb, also known as common clary, see bright, clary wort, clear eye and muscatel sage. Clary sage is a member of the Lamiaceae, or Labiatae family. It is native to southern Europe but cultivated worldwide, especially in England, Morocco, Russia, the USA and the Mediterranean. Clary sage essential oil is extracted by steam distillation.

Characteristics

Clary sage essential oil is a colourless or pale yellow-green liquid with a sweet, nutty, fruity, herbaceous scent. It has a middle to top note and blends well with lavender, juniper, geranium, frankincense, jasmine, cedarwood, sandalwood, pine, lemongrass and the citrus oils.

Chemical Constituents

The main chemical constituents found in clary sage essential oil are:

  • linalyl acetate – an ester that has antispasmodic and sedative properties

  • linalol – an alcohol that has antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative properties

  • germacrene-d – a terpene that has antiseptic properties.

Safety Considerations

Clary sage essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy. It should not be used before or after drinking alcohol as it can induce a narcotic effect and exaggerate drunkenness.

Historical and Traditional Uses

The word clary means ‘clear’. Clary sage was once known as Clear Eye; the mucilage from the seeds was used for clearing mucous and dust from the eyes. In the Middle Ages, the herb was used for digestive disorders, kidney disease, uterine and menstrual complaints, ulcers and as a general nerve tonic. Clary sage was also used to brew beer, as a substitute for hops. The oil is now used extensively by the food and drink industry, and also features in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes.

Therapeutic Actions

The therapeutic properties of clary sage essential oil include:

  • antidepressant

  • antiseptic

  • antispasmodic

  • aphrodisiac

  • astringent

  • bactericidal

  • carminative

  • cicatrisant

  • deodorant

  • digestive

  • emmenagogue

  • nervine

  • sedative

  • stomachic

  • tonic.

Aromatherapy Use

Skin Care:

  • acne – massage, bath, inhalation, skin oil or lotion

  • dandruff – oil or hair care product

  • hair loss – oil or hair care product

  • excessive sweating – skin oil or bath

  • inflammations – compress, bath or skin oil

  • oily skin and hair – massage, bath, skin oil or lotion.

Circulation, Muscles and Joints:

  • high blood pressure – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • muscular aches and pains – massage, compress or bath.

Respiratory System:

  • massage, vaporisation or inhalation.

Digestive System:

  • cramps – massage or cramp

  • flatulence – massage

  • indigestion – massage.

Genito-Urinary System:

  • absent or delayed menstruation – massage or bath

  • frigidity – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • labour pain – massage, compress or bath

  • menopausal symptoms – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • period pain – massage, compress or bath

  • scanty periods – massage or bath.

Nervous System:

  • anxiety – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • depression – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • migraines – compress

  • nervous tension – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • stress-related conditions – massage, bath or vaporisation.

Emotional and Spiritual Connection

Clary sage is associated with the colour orange and the sacral chakra. It is said to strengthen and improve the flow of energy. Clary sage promotes warmth and liveliness, restores inner tranquillity and uplifts the spirits. It helps to dispel sadness and boost creativity, and may also help to inspire vivid dreams and encourage dream recall.