Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary Sage essential oil is commonly referred to as “woman’s oil” on account of it’s uncanny ability sooth the mental and physical symptoms of menopause and menstrual cramps. Clary Sage is thought to open the third eye, and is the perfect oil to reach for when you’re in need of full-body and mind relaxation.
What does Clary Sage smell like?
Scents can be subjective to an individual and Clary Sage has a fragrance that, like Marmite, you will either love or hate. The complexity of the scent makes it difficult to describe, however the words earthy, woody, herby and citrusy, can all be used to help conjure the senses and help you imagine the fragrance.
Where does Clary Sage originate from?
Native to the Mediterranean, North Africa, Asia and parts of Europe this short lived herbaceous perennial has been used throughout history for its medicinal properties. Used in conjunction with the ancient practice of Ayurveda to help balance the mind and body the powerful healing quality and mystical charm of this oil, should not be underestimated. The leaves and buds of the Salvia sclarea are steam distilled to extract Clary Sage essential oil.
What are the properties of Clary Sage essential oil?
The calming effects of Clary Sage can help soothe the mind and the nervous system, but it’s fantastic, natural properties don’t stop there. Clary Sage essence is thought to have the following properties:
- Improves dream recall
- Help period cramps
- Menopause and Perimenopause
- Relieve insomnia
- Reduces blood pressure
How to use Clary Sage essential oil
The name Clary Sage is derived from it’s old name ‘Clear eye’. Before the invention of modern medicines, Clary Sage seeds were used to treat eye and vision problems. In modern times Clary Sage can still have beneficial effects when used in eye treatment, however no essential oils should ever be used in the eyes. If you have tired eyes, use a compress - a flannel dipped in a solution warm water and a couple of drops of Clary Sage oil should suffice. Make sure to squeeze the flannel and close your eyes before placing the compress across the eye area. This will help relieve tired and strained eyes - a perfect remedy to all that screen time!
Another way that Clary Sage can help with your vision is by opening up your third eye. Used by mystics and clairvoyants, this oil can help you tap into your innate intuition and help to enhance inner wisdom and creativity. Diffuse with some Bergamot oil or Frankincense while you read your Tarot cards, recite spells or focus on your visualisation boards to aid with your spiritual development and physical manifestation of your desires.
For clear and insightful dreams, add a couple of drops of Clary Sage to your pillow before drifting off to sleep. This magical oil will aid with insomnia as well as helping with dream recall, making your dreams easier to remember.
Clary Sage could be described as a feminine oil, used by wise women to gain insight. It is also used by wise women who want a natural remedy to reduce period cramps and symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Warm some carrier oil and add a couple of drops of this soothing oil to massage your abdomen, lower back and anywhere else you may feel those pesky period pains.The oil will help to relax tight knots, giving relief to period cramps. Clary Sage contains sclareol which is structurally similar to human oestrogen and is a reason some give for the medicinal properties of this oil to treat female reproductive issues.
Clary sage essential oil can help the following ailments:
- Excessive perspiration
- High blood pressure
- Insect bites and stings
- Leukorrhea (vaginal discharge)
- Throat infections
- Whooping cough
Clary Sage essential oil recipes
Aura Cleansing Mist
It’s not always east or appropriate to carry smudging sticks with you, and even less easy to smudge in places with sensitive smoke detectors. However, this aura cleansing mist is a great substitute and is basically like carrying a sacred altar in your bag. If you’re travelling, this aura spray is a great addition to your hand luggage. The energy in the blended oil will help disperse and negative vibes and will help cleanse any space of bad juju. It’s also great to use when a friend or family member is feeling less than their best self.
Add the following ingredients to a 50ml spray bottle and roll between your hands to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Fill to the top with distilled water and voila, your aura cleansing mist is ready to use. This blend will last roughly 5 days, but If you want to make it last longer, replace the water with organic oil, which will act as a preservative,
- 6 drops Clary Sage oil
- 12 drops Mandarin oil
- 6 Drops Rose Geranium oil
- 3 drops Cinnamon oil
To really supercharge your cleansing, combine this with a prayer. The best prayers are those you create yourself, but here’s one to get you started:
Mood and Chakra Balancing Diffuser Blend
The use of Bergamot oil in this blend helps to balance the psyche, while the Clary Sage essence is thought to help open the third eye. Combined with the sedative impact of Jasmine essential oil you’re bound to feel calm and collected in no time at all.
Add the oils to a small bottle, and roll between your hands to blend the oils completely, before adding to an oil burner or diffuser. Sit back, relax and breathe deeply.
- 8 drops Bergamot oil
- 4 drops Clary Sage oil
- 2 drops Jasmine oil
Essential oils to compliment Clary Sage oil
- Citrus essences
Anything to note
Avoid during pregnancy as Clary Sage can bring on contractions. Clary Sage is a stimulant and a euphoric and cause drowsiness, so use with caution. As always, do not ingest your essential oils, keep out of reach of children and store in a cool, dark place.