Clary sage may be similar to "plain old sage" but is also very different! Clary sage essential oil has many beneficial properties which have been used in the practice of aromatherapy for millennia. This popular essential oil is found in the personal aromatherapy diffusers Vibrant
, or Love
MONQ. In this article, we will be discussing its benefits, uses, and potential side effects. But first, some history! [post-carousel /]
History of Clary Sage
The scientific name for this herb is Salvia sclarea
and it is a perennial plant that is part of the Salvia
genus. Its name comes from "Clarus," which is the Latin word for "clear." This perennial herb is indigenous to the northern Mediterranean region, along with some parts of Central Asia and North Africa.1
The plant grows up to three to six feet tall and features square, thick stems covered in hair. It also has colorful flowers, which range from mauve to lilac and bloom in bunches. The essential oil is extracted from the plant's leaves and flowering tops via a steam distillation process.
The use of the herb dates back to Greek and Roman times when it was used to draw out thorns, splinters, and other debris from the skin. The essential oil also features soothing and relaxing properties that have been leveraged since at least the Middle Ages. Throughout history, it has also been used as an ingredient in brewing ales and wines to make them more intoxicating.2
Benefits of Clary Sage
Clary sage essential oil offers numerous benefits.3
The two major components of the oil responsible for its relaxing qualities are the terpenes linalyl acetate
. These are also found in the popular herb, lavender. Other noteworthy terpenes in clary sage include geraniol
, neryl acetate, caryophyllene, alpha-terpineol
, sclareol. The following are some of the most important benefits provided by this essential oil.
This oil can help to boost mental strength, hope, confidence, and self-esteem, which results in reduced stress.4
Maintains Healthy Skin
This essential oil contains an ester called linalyl acetate
that helps maintain skin health. It also helps to regulate and balance the production of the natural oils inside the skin, regulating both dry and oily skin. It can be mixed with a carrier agent, such as almond oil, in order to maximize effects and absorption.
Maintains Healthy Digestion
The oil may help maintain healthy digestion by relieving some bloating symptoms.
Eliminates Bad Odors
This essential oil can act as an effective deodorant when diluted with a carrier oil.
Ways To Use Clary Sage Essential Oil
There are several different ways that this essential oil can be used. Try an inexpensive essential oil burner, a candle with clary sage as one of the main ingredients, or buy the pure essential oil and add it to a room diffuser. Positive effects can be found from aromatic or topical use.
A few drops of clary sage oil can be added to water and diffused in an essential oil room diffuser. When vaporized, it can help to provide stress relief and promote a sense of well-being.
Several drops of the essential oil can be mixed with coconut oil or another carrier oil and massaged directly onto the skin for local benefits. Several drops of the oil can also be added to bathwater.
Mix together equal parts rosemary
and clary sage into aloe vera gel and massage onto your scalp during a shower.
Clary sage can be combined with other essential oils and diluted with a carrier oil to make beneficial combinations. Some of the other oils that it blends well with include chamomile
, vetiver, rose, geranium
, pine, and citrus fruit essential oils such as orange, lime
, and lemon
. If you're new to using essential oils, check out MONQ's personal diffusers
, blended and specified to provide certain benefits like Happy
, and Zen
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