Clary Sage has a long history of usage as a medicinal herb. The essential oil is steam distilled from the purple flowers of this herb and is commercially used as a flavoring agent in muscatel wine. However, the list of benefits of this oil far exceeds its flavoring properties. Here are some ideas of how to make use of Clary Sage essential oil.
A Woman’s Best Friend
A common nickname for Clary Sage is “the woman’s oil.” The compound sclareol makes it ideal to support both women’s and men’s health. If Progessence Plus ever goes out of stock, Clary Sage is a great replacement! For women, you can mix it with a carrier oil and massage into lower abdomen and back. For certain conditions, men may apply a couple drops around the ankles.
Life is pretty stressful but Clary Sage is an excellent oil to help you relax and unwind. Throw a couple drops in a bath, diffuse, or wear it as a perfume to keep you calm and relaxed all day. If you’re feeling a little blue during the gloomy winter months, use that Clary Sage!
Did You Know?
Because of the their sticky coating, Clary Sage seeds were historically used to remove foreign objects from the eye. Hence the Latin name, clarus, meaning clear from which we get the name “Clary.”
Key constituents: Linalyl acetate, linalol, germacrene-D, sclareol
To be honest, this use surprised me when I was researching Clary Sage. If your eyes are bigger than your stomach or you’ve eaten some rich food, whip out your bottle of Clary Sage. Just a word of caution—you might want to be alone when you try this one. It may be a bit of a *ahem* smelly situation.
Glowing Skin and Frizz-Free Hair
Clary Sage is an excellent oil for skin and hair health (I know, we say that about every oil, but this time it’s true). It is especially beneficial for teenagers or those with oily and blemish-prone skin. Add it to your skin care routine by mixing a drop into some Orange Blossom Moisturizer or another YL lotion.
If you want some hair care recipes with Clary Sage, check out this healthy hair article on the Lavender Life blog.
Avoid when pregnant, but it is recommended for use during active labor. Don’t use during or after alcohol intake or with sedative drugs. It will amplify the effects of the alcohol and drugs.