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Health Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil



The health benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic and uterine substance.

Introduction to Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation from the buds and leaves of the Clary Sage plant whose scientific name is Salvia Sclarea. It is an herb, believed to be a native species of Europe, which has been highly praised as a medicinal plant throughout history, particularly owing to its numerous benefits for vision and eye health. It is a close relative of common garden sage, but it has a slightly different organic makeup. Furthermore, you may be familiar with it as “Muscatel Oil”, a common name given to Clary Sage essential oil due to its traditional use of flavoring muscatel wine.

The chief components of Clary Sage Essential Oil are Sclareol, Alpha Terpineol, Geraniol, Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Neryl Acetate and Germacrene-D. As the name suggests, Clary Sage oil was and still is primarily used as a cleanser for the eyes. It is supposed to brighten eyes, improve vision and protect loss of vision due to premature or normal aging. However, that is not where the health benefits stop; there are many other health benefits that aren’t as well known, which are explained in much greater detail in the following section.

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Health Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

Antidepressant: Clary Sage Oil can boost self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, thereby efficiently fighting depression. This can be very helpful for forms of depression due to failures in your career or personal life, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, death of a friend or loved, and many other reasons. Clary Sage oil also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, it can be systematically administered to patients suffering from acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation.

Anticonvulsive: It calms down and reduces convulsions, whether their are epileptic or from some other nervous disorder or mental condition. Clary Sage essential oil brings about peace of mind and acts as a sedative for tense nerves.

Antispasmodic: Clary Sage oil is useful in the treatment of spasms and related ailments such as muscle cramps and respiratory system cramps, spasmodic coughs, stomachaches, headaches and spasmodic cholera. It relaxes the nerve impulses and doesn’t allow those uncontrollable spasms to occur.

Antibacterial: This type of essential oil kills bacteria and fungi, curbs growth and spread of bacterial infections, and also protects against new infections. Studies show that Clary Sage essential oil is particularly beneficial in curing bacterial infections affecting the colon, intestines, urinary tract, and excretory system. It is equally effective in inhibiting the harmful behavior of bacteria entering our body through water or food.

Antiseptic: Wounds will not become septic, nor will they be infected with tetanus germs if Clary Sage oil is topically applied to them. The antiseptic qualities can protect the body during periods of surgical recovery and in all varieties of wounds that are typically hotspots for infections.
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Aphrodisiac: This is one of the most well known properties of Clary Sage oil. It is an aphrodisiac, which means a substance or stimulus that boosts libido and feelings of sexual desire. It is very effective in treating frigidity, psychological problems resulting in loss of libido, and even impotency. Studies have shown it to be equally effective in males and females. It affects the hormones of the body and increases testosterone levels, which can seriously increase performance and interest in sexual activities.

Astringent: If you think that your gums are weakening their hold on your teeth, then sooner or later, they will start falling out.  Speak to a dental professional first, but it is never a bad idea to use Clary Sage oil because it has astringent properties. It does not only strengthen your gums, but also strengthens and tones the skin, muscles and hair follicles, preventing hair loss and making you look and feel younger. It functions as an antioxidant in this way by tightening up the skin that might be sagging due to the activity of free radicals present in the body.

Skin Health: More specifically, there is an ester present in Clary Sage essential oil called linalyl acetate, which reduces skin inflammation and heal rashes. Furthermore, it balances and regulates the production of natural oils in the skin, reducing both oily and dry skin and makes your skin look young and beautiful. It is recommended to be used directly, or mixed into a carrier agent like almond oil to facilitate maximum absorption and effect.

Carminative: Clary Sage oil, owing to its carminative properties, can eliminate your gas as quickly as a needle empties a balloon! That is, it will eliminate excess gas in your body through flatulence, which will reduce the sensation of being bloated. You might find it funny, but gas can actually be fatal when it pushes upwards and hits the delicate organs inside your chest cavity, so a downward movement is always the safest way to expel them. This essential oil also inhibits the formation of gas.

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Emmenagogue: If you are having troubles with irregular, obstructed or painful menses, you can try Clary Sage oil before you spend a fortune on specialized treatment from a gynecologist. There is no need to worry, since it has no adverse side effects. It simply stimulates the opening of obstructed menses, and makes them regular, while easing pain. It also cures dizziness and mental irritation during menses as well as in cases of Post Menopause Syndrome. Furthermore, it can help reduce the symptoms and negative effects associated with menstruation like cramping, bloating, mood swings, and cravings for food by balancing the hormones that run rampant during this time for women.

Euphoric: Clary Sage oil can induce a feeling of immense joy, confidence, pleasure and high spirits and fill you with the desire to live your life to the fullest. This is why it is frequently used to cure depression or chronic stress and anxiety.

Hypotensive: Hypotensive is the antonym of Hypertensive. Clary Sage oil is very effective in reducing blood pressure by relaxing the veins and arteries, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, atherosclerosis, and brain hemorrhaging. By reducing blood pressure, it also widens the blood vessels and allows for increased circulation, resulting in increased oxygenation to the muscles and organ systems, boosting their performance and your overall metabolic performance.

Nervine: Clary Sage essential oil is good for your nerves. It sedates nervous convulsions and other disorders such as nervousness, vertigo, anxiety, and hysteria.

Sedative: Do you need to calm down? Do you want to concentrate? Or do you simply want to relax and have a good night’s sleep? Clary Sage oil can help you with all of these. It reduces inflammations and has an undeniably calming effect. People suffering from chronic stress or anxiety disorders find great comfort in the use of Clary Sage essential oil.

Stomachic: This oil also maintains the health of the stomach and regulates secretions of digestive juices.  In this way, it prevents stomach disorders and helps to stimulate efficient absorption of nutrients and digestion of food, and regulation of bowel movements. It also helps the healing of ulcers and wounds in the stomach. By regulating bowel movements, it can also protect the integrity of your colon and reduce the changes of more serious gastrointestinal conditions, including colorectal cancer.

clarysageDeodorant: Buying synthetic deodorants are not only expensive, but they also negatively impact the environment. Their pleasant smell effects also only last for a short time. Moreover, sometimes they produce irritations on skin and allergies. Clary Sage oil can be a far better choice as a deodorant, because in diluted form, it serves as an efficient deodorant without any side effects. It is natural, so it doesn’t impact the environment, and its effects can last for a long time.

Digestive: Clary Sage essential oil promotes digestion and relieves symptoms of indigestion. It boosts the secretion of gastric juices and bile, thereby speeding up digestion and easing the process, which relieves cramping, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.

Uterine: Clary Sage oil helps to maintain good health of the uterus. It prevents some of the most common uterine problems that women have after menopause, including uterine tumors, bleeding, and pain. Furthermore, it regulates hormones like estrogen and ensures long-term health of the uterus, thereby reducing the chances of uterine and ovarian cancer.

Other Benefits: Clary Sage essential oil can be used to battle addiction (particularly drugs) and can stimulate a change in mentality towards a positive way of approaching life. Furthermore, it is anti-inflammatory in nature and can treat back aches and joint pain. In terms of skin care, it can help to regulate excess sebum production and prevent acne from forming. It also eases labor and reduces labor pains.

A Few Words of Caution: It can enhance the intoxicating effects of alcohol and other narcotics, since it is a relaxant and a sedative by nature. Heavy dosage can also cause headaches. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid using it, since there has not been enough research done on the transference of effects through breast milk to children. Also, it is slightly expensive, so save up your pennies!

Blending: Clary Sage Oil blends very well with oils of Lemon, Lime, Orange and other citrus fruits as well as Lavender, Pine, Juniper, Geranium, Sandal Wood, Jasmine and Frankincense oils.

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  1. Deitra Brunner says:

    Most everything that you discussed in your article I had already read or knew about Clary Sage, but your presentation of the information is awesome! I really enjoyed reading this. (For those of you who are stating that the information for eye use is wrong or misleading please go back and read the article. It does not state to put the oil directly in the eyes, but to massage it on the temple.)

  2. ron hamblin says:

    Awesome article, I have used about every essential oil there is known to man, and woman, with very little or no side effects at all, Clary Sage is a great oil and is used for many many ailments so don’t be afraid to use it!!

  3. Aroma Shop says:

    wonderful.. well you can learn more about it at: http://www.aromashop.in/index.php/lavender-156.html.

  4. Bina Dhakan says:

    How do take the oil for heavy periods n pains?

  5. Sylla Sheppard-Hanger says:

    Please edit this article, you have confused herbal and essential info and clary sage or any oil should never be put in the eye, and there is little scientific refs for your claims here. People can be injured with thi info.

    • James Burton says:

      Really? You found this somewhere else! This is crazy!

    • ron hamblin says:

      Where did you get this idiotic information Sylla Sheppard-Hanger that’s posted here? I have used this oil and many other oils internally, externally and any other ally way there is and NEVER had a problem with any essential oil especially Clary Sage, as a good person once said to me, “You need to put the clutch in before you let your mouth fly!”

  6. Ailora Blue says:

    Thank you for this article. I love it! Clary sage has long been one of my favorite EO. Is it okay to use on my dogs?

    • ron hamblin says:

      Ailora Blue I have personally used essential oils on my dogs for a long time and some, like Bergamot, keep them from jumping and licking on anyone by placing a minute amount anywhere on your body. I use EO on my animals, even my goats and chickens, just like I use them on myself.

  7. Vanesa Mosier says:

    can the clary sage oil be safely ingested?

  8. Alecia Mickelsen says:

    How do I take it for memory problems?

  9. Troy Cann says:

    Mountain Rose Herbs is the best supplier for essential oils they sell clary sage essential oil for 6.00 a 1/2 ounce that's cheap not to mention all of their products are certified organic or wildcrafted guranteed no chemicals check it out http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/aroma/c-e.php#ar_eo_ce_cs. I do not work for them I just love what they do and I want people to know.

  10. Rain Lee says:

    Q: How do I take Clary Sage oil to help my eyes? A: Do NOT apply the oil directly to the eye. To use, apply topically to the temples with several drops of Clary Sage mixed in a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil.

  11. Anita Diaz says:

    How do you take the lavender and the clary sage togeather? What do you mix it with?

    • Juli Wallace says:

      It depends on what you are using it for. I would love to give you more specific answers if you'd like to email me from my doterra website. mydoterra.com/juliwallace

    • Marge Clark says:

      Clary and Lavender make a wonderfully relaxing blend.. perhaps four drops of each to one fluid ounce of carrier oil would make a relaxing massage blend. NEVER put any essential oils in your eyes, inspite of what this terribly misleading article indicates!

    • ron hamblin says:

      I use a few drops of Clary Sage and Lavender in organic coconut oil and place on my eyelids just before bed time, not only does it soften your skin but if your eyes tear continually it will help prevent that.

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