Clary Sage Essential Oil (Salvia sclarea)
Clary Sage may also be referred to as Europe sage. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.
Clary Sage comes from the flowers of Salvia sclarea plants. It has a sweet earthy, herbaceous, floral and slightly fruity sent. It has both a relaxing and an invigorating effect.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): Europe sage
Synonyms(s) for Salvia sclarea: Aethiopis sclarea, Salvia altilabrosa, Salvia calostachya, Salvia coarctata, Salvia haematodes, Salvia lucana, Salvia pamirica, Salvia sclarea var. calostachya, Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica, Salvia simsiana, Salvia turkestanica, Sclarea vulgaris
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Botanical Genus: Salvia
- Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenols
- Major Compounds: Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, a-Terpineol, Germacrene D, B-Caryophyllene
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Consistency: Thin to Medium
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
- Color: Pale Yellow
- Indigenous Country: South Africa
- Cultivation: Unsprayed
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
- Shelf Life: 5 years
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Aches Frigidity / Impotence Hair : Damaged Libido Menstruation : Cramp ( Dysmenorrhea ) Menstruation : Excess ( Menorrhagia ) Menstruation : Lack of Periods (Amenorrhea) Menstruation : P.M.T. Migraine Nervous Conditions / Tension Obesity Skin : All types Skin : Sweaty Sore Throat Sweaty Feet Swellings
Therapeutic Benefits of Clary Sage:
Anti-aging Anti-anxiety Anti-convulsant Anti-depressant Anti-inflammatory Anti-septic Anti-spasmodic Aphrodisiac Astringent Calming Carminative Cephalic Cicatrisant CNS tonic Digestive tonic Emmenagogic Estrogenic Hormone Balancer Hypotensive Nervine Sedative Stomachic Tonic Uterine tonic
Other Uses for Clary Sage:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Clary Sage:
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any known hazards for steam distilled Clary Sage Oil but recommend a dermal maximum of 0.25% for Clary Sage Absolute. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 253.]
Purchon and Cantele indicate that there is a moderate risk of sensitization in some individuals. [Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 50.]
Numerous sources recommend avoiding Clary Sage Oil while drinking alcohol and while driving due to the oil's potential narcotic effect. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 213.]
Various sources state that the sclareol content contained within Clary Sage may induce an "estrogen-like action." For that reason, it would be wise for those with breast cancer, at high risk for breast cancer or that need to carefully regulate their estrogen levels avoid Clary Sage. Having said that, Aromatherapy Science by Maria Lis-Balchin states the following: "This essential oil is quoted widely in the aromatherapy literature as being estrogenic, but clear scientific evidence has not been forthcoming. However, due to the spasmolytic effect on the uterusin vitro, caution should be used in pregnancy and parturition." [Maria Lis-Balchin, Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals (United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 169.]
Safety Precautions for Clary Sage:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Avoid Clary Sage if:
Clary sage oil can cause drowsiness so don't use with alcohol.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Clary Sage:
1st Chakra - Survival and Support 2nd Chakra - Relationships 3rd Chakra - Personal Power 6th Chakra - Perspective Creation Energy
Clary Sage Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Modulation of mecA Gene Expression by Essential Oil from Salvia sclarea and Synergism with Oxacillin in Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis Carrying Different Types of Staphylococcal Chromosomal Cassette mec.
- PubMed: Antifungal Effect of Essential Oils against Fusarium Keratitis Isolates.
- PubMed: Application of Heavy Metal Rich Tannery Sludge on Sustainable Growth, Yield and Metal Accumulation by Clarysage (Salvia sclarea L.).
- PubMed: The inhibition the Tet(K) efflux pump of tetracycline resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis by essential oils from three Salvia species.
- PubMed: The effect of clary sage oil on staphylococci responsible for wound infections.
- PubMed: Evaluation of Repellency Effect of Essential Oils of Satureja khuzestanica (Carvacrol), Myrtus communis (Myrtle), Lavendula officinalis and Salvia sclarea using Standard WHO Repellency Tests.
- PubMed: Effects of Salvia sclarea on chronic immobilization stress induced endothelial dysfunction in rats.
- PubMed: Essential oil composition, antioxidant and antifungal activities of Salvia sclarea L. from Munzur Valley in Tunceli, Turkey.
- PubMed: Presence of monoterpene synthase in four Labiatae species and Solid-Phase Microextraction- Gas chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy analysis of their aroma profiles.
- PubMed: In Vitro Antibacterial and Antibiotic Resistance Modifying Effect of Bioactive Plant Extracts on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis.
- PubMed: Screening of some essential oils against Trichosporon species.
- PubMed: Chronic food administration of Salvia sclarea oil reduces animals' anxious and dominant behavior.
- PubMed: Randomized controlled trial for Salvia sclarea or Lavandula angustifolia: differential effects on blood pressure in female patients with urinary incontinence undergoing urodynamic examination.
- PubMed: Extracellular localization of the diterpene sclareol in clary sage (Salvia sclarea L., Lamiaceae).
- PubMed: Discovery and functional characterization of two diterpene synthases for sclareol biosynthesis in Salvia sclarea (L.) and their relevance for perfume manufacture.
- PubMed: Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial.
- PubMed: Effect of γ-irradiation on bioactivity, fatty acid compositions and volatile compounds of clary sage seed (Salvia sclarea L.).
- PubMed: Morphological characterisation and agronomical parameters of different species of Salvia sp. (Lamiaceae).
- PubMed: Essential oil content and composition, nutrient and mycorrhizal status of some aromatic and medicinal plants of northern Greece.
- PubMed: Antidepressant-like effect of Salvia sclarea is explained by modulation of dopamine activities in rats.
- PubMed: Intraplantar injection of bergamot essential oil into the mouse hindpaw: effects on capsaicin-induced nociceptive behaviors.
- PubMed: Chemical composition and biological activities of essential oil from Salvia sclarea plants regenerated in vitro.
- PubMed: Diversity of essential oil glands of clary sage (Salvia sclarea L., Lamiaceae).
- PubMed: Effect of aromatherapy on symptoms of dysmenorrhea in college students: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial.
- PubMed: [Analysis of essential oil components by GC/FTIR and GC/MS].
- PubMed: Composition and antifungal activity on soil-borne pathogens of the essential oil of Salvia sclarea from Greece.
- PubMed: Chromatographic (GC-MS, HPLC) and virological evaluations of Salvia sclarea infected by BBWV-I.
- PubMed: Chemical composition and antimicrobial action of the essential oils of Salvia desoleana and S. sclarea.
- PubMed: Studies on the genotoxic properties of essential oils with Bacillus subtilis rec-assay and Salmonella/microsome reversion assay.
- PubMed: [Quality control of essential oil of muscat sage (Salvia sclarea) during laboratory and industrial preparation. IV. Causes of color changes].
- PubMed: [Effect of Salvia sclarea essential oil on indices of the hematopoietic, immune and enzyme systems].
- PubMed: Experimental studies on certain effects of the essential oil of Salvia sclarea L. on the central nervous system.