Cognitive-Enhancing Effects of Clary Sage

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No matter the task at hand, keeping the mind functioning optimally can increase the efficiency of efforts. Nootropic stacks of all types exist to provide support in this regard. Some of the very best boosters of cognitive function are essential oils.

Aromatics have been used for altering mood, balancing emotions, and affecting the mind in a number of other ways to achieve serenity, clarity, and increased mental health throughout history and in society today.

clary sageNootropic Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

The delightful fragrance of clary sage essential oil has been applied throughout the centuries to boost self-confidence, banish confusion and self-doubt, and improve mental acuity.1 In aromatherapy, clary sage is extolled for its extensive versatility in addressing many conditions connected to mental health.

Some of the top nootropic benefits of clary sage essential oil are highlighted below.

Maintains Healthy Circulation and Blood Pressure

When blood is pumping optimally, toxins are readily removed and oxygen energizes the body for action. Oxygen flow to the brain is crucial for optimal cognitive function and protection against cell death from ischemic conditions. If blood pressure is elevated for long periods of time, the vessels in the brain become damaged and can present other conditions that hamper cognizance.2

Clary sage works to reduce stress, consequently relaxing the blood vessels and maintaining healthy blood pressure. By improving the circulation of blood through the body, the mind can function for longer periods without exhaustion.3

Improves and Balances Nerve Healthclary sage

When the mind is unwell, the effects can be pervasive. Clary sage has a special interface with the nerves of the body and can be used to induce a deep relaxation in aromatherapy.

This is not the same sleepy-time relaxation a found in lavender essential oils. Clary sage has a brightening and energizing aspect that allows the relaxed and grounded mind to revive its efforts with more energy, confidence, and clarity.4

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Stress is an important part of how humans deal with their immediate environment. At times, stress can improve the capacity to operate, and some people even perform better under stress. However, this is not a sustainable way to lead a professional or academic career. After some time, the powerful chemicals released into the bloodstream from a stress response can have negative effects on the heart and brain.

Additionally, stress reduces the efficiency of digestion, potentially leading to weight gain, which can lead to a host of other health conditions. No matter how stressful your commitments or how demanding your profession, your cognitive well-being depends on your capacity to balance stress.

Clary sage has powerful compounds that boost the body’s own capacity to restore balance after a stressful situation. The high-quality relaxants in clary sage essential oil are used to balance the hormones and reduce the discomforts of menses.5

Next time your coffee is cold, the traffic is unbearable, or your boss is terse, take the time to renew your confidence and destress your nerves with the nootropic effects of clary sage essential oil. After all, the day can only get better from here, at least you will be cool, collected, and ready to face what lies ahead.

clary sageEnhances Cognitive Functions: Memory, Attention, and Learning

Imagine being able to improve your capacity to learn, focus and process information—you’d be able to complete the same amount of work in less time. Upon completion, you won’t feel half as exhausted and still have the energy to apply to your favorite pursuits.

One of the most important nootropic effects of clary sage essential oil is its capacity to enhance the cognitive processes, especially those functions related to attention, memory, and learning.

The Latin name for clary sage essential oil is Salvia sclarea. “Salvia” means “to heal,” and modern medical studies have confirmed the curative properties of clary sage for the brain. The same studies that extolled this herb for improved cognitive function also illustrated its efficacy in potentially preventing or delaying the onset of neurodegenerative conditions.6

Safety and Precautions

The effects of clary sage essential oil can be highly beneficial, but caution should be exercised when using it. Due to its high capacity for relaxation, the potent compounds in clary sage can greatly increase the effects felt from narcotics or alcohol, so the use of clary sage essential oil with these substances should generally be avoided.

Additionally, pregnant mothers and those with pre-existing or chronic health conditions should always consult with a medical professional before beginning any treatment with essential oils.


With its diverse set of nootropic benefits, clary sage essential oil might be one of the best additions to your nootropic stack. Try using this essential oil topically after diluting it with a carrier oil or aromatically in a room diffuser or a personal diffuser like Vibrant, Happy, or Zen MONQ.

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By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sexy

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers.

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