Clary sage essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the “salvia sclarea” plant. It is often used to heal eye problems, digestive problems, nervous disorders, menstrual irregularity, and kidney disease. It should not be used when consuming alcohol (because it heightens the state of drunkenness).
Clary sage essential oil is used in aromatherapy as an aid to meditation. It brings about a feeling of well being and satisfaction. It is a feel-good essential oil that is well suited for treating women’s problems and menopausal symptoms. Use clary sage essential oil for scarce periods, nervous fatigue, varicose veins, painful periods, anxiety, inflammation, labor pains, PMS, mature skin, and postnatal depression. Clary sage essential oil is considered to be non-toxic and is the preferred essential oil (over common and Spanish sage oil). Clary sage essential oil is extracted from a perennial plant that grows best in high altitudes.
Clary sage is known to have intoxicating properties and is sometimes used in the production of wine and vermouth. (It is also a key ingredient in Eau de Cologne.) Clay sage essential oil is used in many herbal products (especially facial cleansers).
Clary sage relaxes the nerves, relieves depression, and soothes anxiety. It is astringent and produces a cooling effect when diluted and used on the skin. Clary sage essential oil reduces fevers, relieves bloating, stimulates digestion, lowers blood pressure, uplifts the spirit, and is excellent for the female system.
Clary sage is balancing, euphoric, sedative, and an aphrodisiac. Used before bed time, clary sage may bring about vivid dreams and encourages recollection upon awakening. Clary sage is often used to overcome anxiety. It is also used in the treatment of backaches, muscle stiffness, cramps, sore throat, respiratory infections, and as a uterine tonic.
To soothe the eyes, soak a clean cotton cloth in a mixture of warm water and a few drops of clary sage essential oil. Relax and place the compress over both eyes for ten minutes.
Clary sage has regenerative properties and may encourage hair growth. Clary sage helps limit sebum production and is often used to treat dandruff and oily skin. Clary sage should not be used during pregnancy, but may be helpful once labor is well advanced.
Other kinds of sage include common sage and Spanish sage. Common sage oil is sometimes considered toxic and should be used with extreme care. All three sage essential oils are very powerful substances.
Common sage (salvia officinalis) essential oil is sometimes used to ease rheumatism, tension, and muscle pain. It is extracted from the familiar culinary herb used to flavor chicken and dressing.
Common sage oil may be added (in small amounts) to massage oils, rubbing tinctures, ointments, lotions, gargles, and other herbal remedies. Common sage essential oil is an effective natural deodorant, antiperspirant, and diuretic. It may be added to mouthwash when treating bad breath or mouth sores (but only a drop or two per cup). Common sage is safe to use as a green herb but the oil can be irritating even in small amounts. Common sage oil is extracted from a perennial plant that is native to the Mediterranean areas.
Spanish sage (salvia lavendulaefolia) essential oil is considered a cure-all in Spain. It is used to treat everything from headache to digestive complaints. Spanish sage essential oil is good for fighting skin infections, stress, gum infections, hair loss, and fluid retention. It is cleansing and detoxifying. Spanish sage essential oil is extracted from a shrubby evergreen that loves hot weather.
All types of sage essential oils can cleanse and purify the air in sick rooms.