Pure, Therapeutic Clary Sage essential oil, also known as Muscatel Sage
Extraction method / Source
Steam distillation / flowering tops
Sweet, fruity, floral, herbaceous
Linalyl acetate, Linalool, Germacrene D, Caryophyllene
Botanical family: Laminaceae or Labiatae (mint)
Clary sage is a perennial, and in some cases biennial herb. It grows to a height of about 3 - 4 feet, produces velvety grey-green heart shaped leaves and has whorls of pink, white, or pale blue flowers, depending on the variety. It is cultivated in Europe, Morocco, Russia, and the USA.
Regions of Production
Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
History / Fun Facts
The name Clary Sage was derived from the Latin sclarea, meaning "clear", and was gradually modified to Clear Eye. It has been suggested that the name thus evolved because the herb was used to clear mucus from the eyes. Newer medical research data demonstrates that Clary Sage naturally raises estrogen and progesterone levels.
Antidepressant, antispasmodic, deodorant, emmenagogue, estrogenic, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, tonic, uterine stimulant (Battaglia, 2003).
Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits
Helps relieve PMS and menstrual discomfort, promotes menstruation and hormonal balance. Useful in managing the symptoms of menopause - try a blend with Geranium Rose for foot soak or in the bath. Beneficial as a physical and emotional relaxant during the childbirth process. Reduces nervous tension, anxiety and stress, and promotes restful sleep. Helps in the management of asthma by reducing bronchial spasms and relieving the anxiety associated with respiratory distress. Recommended for oily skin, greasy hair and dandruff, and can help prevent excessive sweating. Used in natural perfume making.
Calming, enhances dreaming, promotes restful sleep, stimulates creativity, relieves stress. Helps relieve depression associated with nervous starin and chronic tension. Helpful for grief management during bereavement or grief associated with loss (Battaglia, 2003; Mojay, 1997)
Modes of Administration
Topical: massage, compress, bath, skin care
Inhalation: direct inhalation, aromatherapy inhaler, diffuser or oil vaporizer
Blends well with
Bay, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Coriander, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree
Non toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing. Some sources recommend not using Clary Sage while pregnant, however Robert Tisserand states it presents no danger during pregnancy at the doses used in aromatherapy.
This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.
Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.
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TIMELESS Essential Oils guarantees the purity and quality of all our therapeutic oils. The current Certificate of Analysis is available upon request. All essential oils are best stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.