- Promotes deep release of tension
- May help balance excessive yin states
- Reported use in the UK for easing painful contractions during labor and childbirth
- Used to relieve premenstrual tension in women
- Aphrodisiac developed for the perfume industry
- May be useful as a sleep aid
Botanical/Latin Name: Salvia sclarea
Distillation: Hydrodiffused flowers
How Grown: Conventional
Aromas: Sweet, warm, herbaceous, exotic and sensual
Chemical Family: Ester, monoterpenol
GC/MS Tested: 100% Pure & Natural
A fresh and delicate top-floral note, makes this distillation of Clary Sage especially inviting and lovely.
Its soft, sweet and herbaceous lower notes and unusual tenacity, make Clary Sage one of the most deeply soothing oils in aromatherapy.
Clary Sage is often used to relieve deeply held nervous tension, in both men and women.
Its strongly yang character, makes clary sage helpful for balancing excessive yin states. For this reason its frequently used to assuage complaints during the normal menses cycle, or in menopause.
An aphrodisiac, clary sage was developed exclusively for the perfumery trade.
When tested clary sage was found to have more than 250 constituents, giving it a broad spectrum of applications for potential therapeutic use.
Its high concentration of esters (70%+), such as linalyl acetate, give clary sage its powerful antispasmodic and sedative action. This high concentration of esters may be responsible for its popular use to relieve premenstrual tension in women.
Its been thought that the sclareol content in clary sage gives it an estrogen-like effect though there is no research to support this claim.
According to aromatherapist, Robert Tissearand, clary sage does have interesting anti-cancer activity. One study showed in vitro action against human breast cancer MCF-7 cells (Dimas et al 2006).
An isomer, 13-epi-sclareol, also present in clary sage oil, also inhibited the growth of breast and uterine cancers in vitro. The study showed clary sage to be slightly more potent than Tamoxifen in its effect, but with no toxicity (Sashidhara et al 2007). This study suggests that the sclareol content in clary sage, once thought to produce estrogen-like effect, may in fact actually inhibit estrogen. Tisserand states, “What we do know is that sclareol will not give you breast cancer.”
Clary sage does have some reported use in the U.K. for easing painful contractions during labor and birth.
Often blended with geranium oil, clary sage may help regulate and relieve female complaints associated with hormonal imbalance, such as irregular menses, menopausal symptoms, headache, nausea, and depression.
Psycho-emotionally, clary sage nourishes the heart energies. It may help dispel negative thoughts and tense, tight painful emotions.
RESEARCH STRESS RELIEF ICU NURSES
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital conducted a controlled research study to examine effects of aromatherapy on relief of work-related stress for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses. Clary Sage was one of the oils used in the study, along with lavender oil. “The study showed the use of clinical aromatherapy is effective in reducing stress, which we hope will improve retention and turnover, and increase nurses’ satisfaction with their jobs,” said Erin Pemberton, BSN, RN, CPAN, LMT, CCAP, lead researcher and med/surg ICU nurse. “ICU nurses are called to participate in end-of-life decisions and patient resuscitations, and support families through a patient’s journey. It is important for nurses to have outlets and options for stress relief.”
BLEND WITH: Clary sage oil blends well with geranium oils, bergamot, frankincense, lemongrass, lavender, ylang yang, cedar wood and sweet marjoram.
SUGGESTED USE ON LABEL: Adult: Dispense 1-3 drops on a cotton ball, or smell strip and inhale, or as directed.
CAUTIONS: Skin sensitization (moderate risk). As Clary Sage can make some people feel exceedingly woozy and faint please avoid using it when driving or needing to focus. Maximum dermal use level .25%.