How to use Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage is a healing essential oil with medicinal qualities.

Salvia sclarea

The Clary Sage plant is a shrub with lilac and mauve flowers, it has been known for its medicinal properties throughout history. The word Salvia derives from the Latin Salvare, which means ‘to save’ and could be interpreted as ‘to heal’, since plants from the Sage genus are known for their therapeutic healing properties.

Clary Sage oil is steam distilled from the tops and leaves of the plant and can be used for it's medicinal qualities.

The plant favours warm to hot summers and milder winters. The right conditions will produce a fresh, herbaceous, wood and spice scented oil with citrus undertones.

Where have I smelt Clary sage before?

Food and drink
Food grade Clary sage has been used commercially in wine, beer, Vermouth and spirit making. It is well known for its addition in Muscatel wine that is famously produced in Germany. So next time you’re having a glass of Muscatel, see if you can detect the faint undertones of Clary Sage coming through in the aroma.

food grade clary sage is used in wine production

Tobacco
Clary Sage is also used as an additive for tobacco flavouring, which is maybe why some people describe it has having scent of tobacco.

Describing a scent to have a tobacco flavour may be off putting to some, but try to imagine the smell of fruit, amber and spice to conjure up a sweet tobacco smell rather than thinking of a thick cloud of black smoke and you will get a clearer picture of the smell of Clary Sage oil.

clary sage is used as a flavouring in tabbaco

The Tobacco plant is actually very beautiful

Perfumes
Clary sage is also added to perfumes for its aromatic properties. In 2007 Ronan Keating released a fragrance for men called Believe by Ronan which comprised of Clary sage, Sicilian lemon and Lavender. 

How to use Clary sage essential oil 

How to use Clary Sage oil for hormone balance
The sedative and soothing properties of this oil make it a fantastic treatment to aid with hormonal imbalances caused by menstruation and menopause.

Adding the oil to a warm bath or massaging yourself where you are experiencing menstrual tension are easy ways to reap the benefits of the oil. It is also considered to be an oil that can stimulate libido, so it is worth including in a sensual massage if you are finding it difficult to get in the mood. 

Clary Sage oil to induce labour
Some people have been known to use Clary Sage oil to help induce labour. The oil should always be used with caution, diluted and only at the later stages of pregnancy after 37 weeks.

We would recommend that Clary Sage should not be used in this way without advice from a Dr beforehand, as not everyone reacts the same way to all essential oils.

Clary Sage oil for pain relief
Russians in the now no longer Soviet Union were reported as using Infusions of the Clary Sage plant in their baths to treat nervous polyarthritis and rheumatism.

Maybe they were onto something as a study that took place over 8 years looking at the effect of the oil in pain relief for women in labour also showed of how both Clary Sage and Chamomile oil were effective in alleviating pain

Add drops of Clary Sage to your bath, diffuse or massage diluted in a carrier oil to an affected area where you are experiencing soreness or pain to mimic this study at home and gain some relief

Clary Sage oil to lift your mood
The oil is known to enhance and uplift mood and create a sense of euphoria. A 2014 study showed the antidepressant like effects and the properties this oil has to help aid with concentration through inhalation of the scent. So if you’re feeling down or lacking in focus, try Clary Sage as a natural mood uplifter.

Clary Sage essential oil recipes

Mood enhancing diffuser blend
Combine 3 drops of Clary Sage, 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Bergamot essential oil. Diffuse and relax.

Roller bottle blend
Add 3 drops of Clary sage, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang, 2 drops of Neroli and 1 drop of Patchouli essential oil to a 10ml roller bottle filled with a carrier oil of your choice. Roll on your pulse points for an instant uplift and for a divine scent throughout the day.

Clary sage essential oil blends well with:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang

Clary Sage oil safety

Avoid Clary Sage during pregnancy and nursing unless prescribed by a qualified doctor or aromatherapist. Avoid alcohol when using Clary Sage oil. For external use only. Always dilute.