Lesson 8: Essential Oil – Clary Sage
Foundational Aromatherapy pages FA 79-80
When you think of women’s issues – think of Clary Sage. Beneficial for women from puberty through menopause. Concerns for both men and women such as depression, anxiety, colic, abdominal cramps, indigestion, impotence and frigidity are easily managed with this essential oil. The euphoric and uplifting action make nervous tension, irritability, fatigue and migraines a thing of the past. Used in some hair and skin care products for its toning properties, and can help stop hair loss.
➢ Unlike common Sage, Clary Sage is non-toxic and does not cause irritations or sensitivity
➢ Use in moderation as it could have a mild psychotropic effect
➢ Should not be used during pregnancy, only at delivery
➢ Should not be taken with medications or substances that have an iron base
➢ Should not be taken with alcohol, will increase inebriation and cause bad nightmares
Tried and True Uses
✓ Add to carrier oil and apply on lower back and abdomen to ease digestive complaints, ease menstrual cramps, and aids childbirth.
✓ Breathe as needed to reduce stress related conditions.
✓ Helps balance hormones.
✓ When misted or diffused creates an uplifting and lighthearted air. Add to Shampoo or minerals to stimulate hair growth and tone scalp
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 2-4 drops in 1⁄4 cup of unscented Dead Sea Salt, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in bath, soak for twenty minutes.
IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
RUB IT IN – Three drops in 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil or lotion, gently massage on area needing relief.
PUT IT ON – 1-2 drops on bottom of feet. 5 drops in 1 teaspoon shampoo and rub on scalp, wait twenty-thirty minutes, wash as usual making sure water runs down back of head. For heavy menstrual flow and cramps, add 1-2 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil then rub clockwise on abdomen as needed.
Blends Well With
- Rose 10%
Clary Sage is God’s gift to women. I’ve had really intense cramps during menstruation since I was a teenager. Even though I have a high pain threshold, yet my monthly period was always a big problem. Being introduced to Clary Sage was such a blessing. All I do is rub a couple of drops on my abdomen and lower back, and within minutes my pain is better. Within an hour, it is usually gone entirely. I love this oil! —Amy Walker
- Antibacterial – destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
- Anticonvulsant – inhibits seizures
- Antidepressant – alleviates depression
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Aphrodisiac – sexual stimulant
- Astringent – tightens tissue; reduces oil or secretions
- Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
- Cicatrisant – promotes wound and scar healing
- Digestive – aids or balances digestion
- Emmenagogue – helps promote and regulate menstruation
- Hormone balancer – harmonizes the hormones
- Hypotensive – lowers high blood pressure
- Toner – nourishing, supportive, strengthening
Decisive, Maternal love, Inspired, Simplicity, and Acceptance
Key Body Systems:
Reproductive, Endocrine, Nervous, Digestive, Circulatory, and Skin
BOTANICAL NAME: Salvia sclarea
AROMA: herbaceous, spicy, sweet, warm, radiant
WHERE GROWN: India, Bulgaria, France
PRODUCING ORGAN: leaves and flower heads
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
NOTE (EVAPORATION RATE): middle
Main Chemical Families:
MONOTERPENOLS -prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin
ESTERS-nervous system sedative, emotionally uplifting, stress relieving, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (especially for digestive cramping), healing to the skin digestive cramping), healing to the skin
LAMIACEAE reduces headache and nasal congestion, energizes body, relieves muscle aches
“Clary Sage is God’s gift to women. I’ve had really intense cramps during menstruation since I was a teenager. Even though I have a high pain threshold, yet my monthly period was always a big problem. Being introduced to Clary Sage was such a blessing. All I do is rub a couple of drops on my abdomen and lower back, and within minutes my pain is better. Within an hour, it is usually gone entirely. I love this oil!”
*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.
Passport to Aromatherapy pages 57-58
Wikipedia page on Salvia Sclarea