The abundance within the fragrance of clary sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea) "is captivating, full of prosperity of spirit," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. The oil "brings realization that it's how much love we can pour into a second that counts." She goes on to state the emotional benefits of clary sage oil are to encourage balance, calm, grounding, confidence, regeneration, tranquility, restoration, and revitalization.
Plant family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Production: Steam distilled from flowering tops and leaves of the plant.
Aroma: Herbaceous, earthy, slightly floral.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is clary sage safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby and multiple other sources. However, the oil may be useful to help relieve pain during labor.
Is clary sage essential oil safe for children? Do not use with babies.
Cautions: Clary sage can make some people feel woozy and faint, so avoid using it when driving or needing to focus.
Older aromatherapy books often suggest the oil may be estrogenic; however, evidence does not support that assertion. Aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand has written a blog post, Is clary sage estrogenic?, about why the oil is not.
Main components: The main component of clary sage is linalyl acetate, ranging from about 45% to 66%, depending on the source of the oil. The next most abundant component is linalool, ranging from about 9% to 19%. The component that caused some sources to list clary sage as estrogenic is sclareol. However, the oil typically contains only 0.1% to 0.4% sclareol, and Tisserand writes no evidence shows that component is estrogenic.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Clary sage eases muscle and nervous tension, pain, menstrual cramps, PMS, and menopausal problems. In skin and hair care, this essential oil is especially useful for mature skin and hair, acne-prone skin, inflammation, and dandruff. Emotionally, the oil helps relieve stress-related conditions and depression, especially if it's related to hormones.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Uses of clary sage essential oil include helping relieve menstrual problems and cramps, PMS, menopausal problems and hot flashes, memory problems, insomnia, nervousness, depression, anxiety, stress, and muscle aches, pain, fatigue, or spasm.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): In skin care, use clary sage to help relieve acne, boils, dandruff, hair loss, inflamed conditions, oily skin and hair, and wrinkles. The essential oil may also help reduce high blood pressure, reduce muscle aches and pains, and relieve asthma, throat infections, indigestion, flatulence, menstrual pain, depression, migraine, nervous tension, and stress-related conditions.
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, clary sage strengthens depleted Qi-energy and circulates stuck Qi-energy. Use the oil to relieve PMS tension, menstrual pain, muscle stiffness and spasm, headache, migraine, and tired, aching legs. The oil can both strengthen and circulate Lung Qi. Psychologically, the essential oil creates a balance between stimulation and relaxation.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, clary sage calms the mind, promotes relaxation and mild euphoria, and promotes emotional stability and renewal. Physically, the essential oil restores hypotonic/weak conditions and relaxes hypertonic/tense conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the essential function of the oil is to nourish the Blood and Yin, descend the Yang, and calm the Shen. Suggested essential oil blends with clary sage:
Subtle Aromatherapy: Clary sage enhances dreaming and strengthens the inner eye to help you see more clearly. Do not use alcohol and clary sage together — doing so may cause nightmares rather than revealing dreams.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, use clary sage for contemplation, meditation, prayer, and to support intuition. Mentally, the essential oil helps you release judgement. Emotionally, the oil relaxes, comforts, and grounds. It's especially useful for calming emotional outbursts caused by PMS, menopause, or other hormone-related conditions.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Clary sage calms, uplifts, and restores. The oil is especially useful for the sixth chakra to increase dreaming, support intuition, and strengthen the inner eye to see more clearly.
Relaxing Shower Gel
Add the essential oils to the castile soap or shower gel and mix well. Store in a squeeze bottle.
Relaxing Bath Salts
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a container. Add one teaspoon to a warm bath to help you relax.
Throat Ease Blend
Mix the carrier oil and essential oils. Store in a dark glass bottle. Massage into the neck and chest to help ease a sore throat.
Adapted from 100 Amazing Blends and Uses of Essential Oils
Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils
Menopausal Bath For Sleep
Menopause Relaxation Massage Blend
Source: Elizabeth Ashley. "Menopausal Personality Changes and Anxiety." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2016.3, p. 49.