Botanical Name: Salvia sclarea
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering tops and leaves
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Dry, musky, bittersweet floral
Largest Producing Countries: USA, France, and Bulgaria
Traditional Use: This oil has an extensive history in perfumery. It is considered a fixative, and adds a warming note to a blend.
Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, nervine, sedative, stomachic, vulnerary
Benefits: Acne, amenorrhea, boils, constipation, convulsions, cramps, dandruff, depression, dysmenorrhoea, dyspepsia, excessive perspiration, flatulence, infection, inflamed skin, leucorrhoea, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nervous fatigue, oily skin and hair. Clary sage is a good addition to a bath for many reasons. The antispasmodic actions may help with headaches and migraines. This action along with the emmenagogue property support the reproductive system and may relieve painful menstruation, and the nervine and sedative actions will help you relax after a busy day.
Blends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, lime, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rose, sandalwood, tea tree
Of Interest: The herb derives its name from the Latin clarus, meaning, “clear,” and was nicknamed “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages for its famous ability to clear tired or strained eyes and blurred vision.
Safety Data: Avoid in hypotension, estrogen dependant cancers, and while pregnant.