Do You Know About the Awesome Benefits of Clary Sage?
As I was deciding on the topic of this week’s article, it occurred to me that I have not written an article about my most favorite oil! So, here goes. If I could only have one EO in my life, Clary Sage EO would be the one I’d choose. It is my “go to” when I’m not feeling quite up to par. I’ve been using it for years and I can only boast about how it has helped me. It has never let me down when I need relief from the feelings of depression and anxiety. If you have never tried Clary Sage, I strongly suggest you make it a staple in your essential oil collection. In addition to relief from anxiety and depression, clary sage has numerous other benefits!
Clary Sage – What is it?
Clary Sage essential oil comes from a herb scientifically known as Salvia sclarea. This plant is native to the northern Mediterranean Basin, Central Asia and some areas in North Africa. Currently, the plant is widely cultivated (in large part, to produce essential oils) throughout the temperate regions of the world.
As you can see in the picture, Salvia sclarea is a pleasant looking plant that can reach a height of 5 feet when cultivated. The large oval shaped leaves are covered with silver-white hairs. The small flowers form the spike-like shape that can be pale blue, lilac or violet. The entire plant is aromatic.
Salvia sclarea is a close relative to garden sage, they both come from the same family of herbs. Despite being related they have very different aromas. Sage has a strong spicy scent and Clary Sage can be described as having a sweet nutty smell.
Clary Sage has been a highly praised medicinal plant throughout history. During the middle ages it was regarded for its astringent, antispasmodic and carminative properties. I did not know what carminative properties were until writing this article…. 🙂
Other traditional uses include:
- Menstruation and childbirth related issues
- Promoting a healthy digestion
- Promoting healthy kidney conditions
- Protection against infections of the mouth
- Eye wash solution
In addition to the physical benefits of clary sage, it has been and continues to be an oil used in spiritual practices. Some people use this EO to gain “clarity”. Clary Sage is believed to have the ability to dispel confusion and illusion, allowing the user to look ahead clearly without being lost in continuous negative thought. This makes it a great essential oil for creative work, meditation, prayer and contemplation.
This amazing plant has been used in so many ways it is not possible to list them all. I will touch upon some uses I think you may find interesting and helpful.
Combat Depression and Anxiety with Clary Sage
I can attest to the benefits of clary sage essential oil for anxiety and depression. I have made use of this oil off and on for many years. I can honestly say that it has been a great help. If I am feeling anxious about something or depressed for no particular reason I put a few drops of this little wonder into my diffuser and breathe my way back to feeling better. Yup, as simple as that!
With respect to mental and emotional benefits, Clary sage oil can:
- Induce a feeling of great joy
- Increase confidence
- Enhance feelings of pleasure
- Increase high spirits
- Inspire you to live life to the fullest
- Boost self-esteem
- Enhance hope
- Increase mental strength
- Fight depression
- Relieve anxiety
- Create a euphoric feeling
Aromatherapists will often recommend a systematic administration of Clary Sage to an individual suffering from acute depression. These individuals will often be undergoing additional treatments to aid in their recovery.
According to a study conducted in 2010, it was concluded that clary sage oil could be developed as a therapeutic agent for patients with depression.
According to a study conducted in 2014, it was found that clary sage had the ability to reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is created in response to stress in our lives. Ideally, we should create a certain amount of this hormone, but if too much is created it can be detrimental to our health. Click here to go to a previous article with information regarding cortisol.
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The Woman’s Essential Oil
That’s right, clary sage is commonly known to be of great benefit to women and is considered to be one of the top EOs for hormone related issues. These benefits have been known and used for centuries. In fact, midwives often made use of Clary Sage when helping patients.
The benefits of clary sage essential oil are vast. Many women, including myself, have found comfort when using this oil as it provides support and relief through all the hormonal and reproductive changes the female body undergoes. Some conditions Clary Sage can help with are:
- easing the pain of menstrual cramps
- easing heavy menstrual cycles
- bloating associated with menstruation
- easing effects of hormonal imbalance
- calming dizziness
- providing relief from mental irritation during menstruation
- helping to induce labor
- strengthening contractions during childbirth
- easing food cravings
- providing relief from hot flashes
More Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil
As I was researching this topic I found a great deal of information. Too much to go in to detail about, however, here is a list of a few of the other benefits of Clary Sage:
- Reduces Spasms and Convulsions
- Prevents Infections
- Stimulates Sexual Desires
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Promotes Healthy Skin Care
- Reduces Flatulence
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Lowers Inflammation
- Helps Eliminates Body Odor
- Promotes Digestion
As you can see, clary sage offers many benefits and almost anyone can take advantage of this little wonder.
This was a fun article to research and write! If you decide to try Clary Sage for any of its benefits I am quite sure you will be happy with the results.
Please be aware of the following information prior to use:
- Do not use with alcohol or narcotics as it can enhance the effects
- Due to limited research on the transference of effect through breast milk, pregnant or nursing women may want to avoid it
- May cause headaches if used in excess
As with any medication, please follow the advice on the labels and use your common sense. Essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with caution. Always talk to your doctor before mixing essential oils with prescribed medication.
Clary Sage EOs are considered a complementary and alternative medicine. A fantastic option for non-severe episodes of depression and anxiety. Please see your doctor if you are experiencing severe bouts of depression or anxiety.
Well, many thanks for spending the time reading this article. I hope you enjoyed it!
If you have any thoughts about this article, use the comment box below. I would love to hear from you.
Take good care,
Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)