About Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil (Salvia sclarea) is a bushy, three-foot high perennial or biennial herb with hairy green leaves in the shape of a heart. Its small blue flowers bloom along a sturdy stalk and make an eye-catching display in the garden. Clary Sage is native to the Mediterranean region and the herb’s prominent place in folk medicine has earned it the alternate names “Clear Eye”, “Bright Eye”, and “Clary Wort”.
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This Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil is cultivated in France and extracted by steam distillation of the fresh flowers, never from the lower leaves. Some companies sell oils that have been distilled from the tops plus the lower leaves; these are inferior products that are not suitable for aromatherapy.
Good Clary Sage Essential Oil has a powerful aroma that is sweet and floral, nutty and herbaceous. Aromatically, it combines very well with Bergamot, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Pine, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Citrus oils. Although many people adore the distinctive aroma of Clary Sage Essential Oil, some people find it too heavy and cloying when used alone.
How to Use Clary Sage Essential Oil with Adults
Clary Sage Essential Oil is generally considered non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing and safe for use with most adults by either diffusion or diluted topical application. Pregnant women should see the section on Safety Considerations, below, before choosing to use this essential oil. Use of essential oils with children under 16 years of age is a specialized practice not covered here. Please consult a good aromatherapy reference book, or even better, consult with a properly trained aromatherapist, before using any essential oil with children. You can visit www.naha.org to read about appropriate training standards for aromatherapists.
Clary Sage Essential Oil can certainly be used as a “single” by those who love the aroma but we do especially like to use it as a small constituent in a blend of several essential oils. This can be a good way for those who don’t love the heavy aroma and for an even more relaxing experience that contains some of this wonderful oil, try our Calm & Balancing Aromatherapy Blend.
Do not use Clary Sage Essential Oil during or close to the time of alcohol consumption. See Safety Considerations below for more information.
Clary Sage is an essential oil with a strong aroma and strong actions so it is best used in small amounts. For diffusion, a couple of drops on a fan diffuser is often enough. You should be aware that this essential oil may make you and anyone in it’s vicinity of use drowsy, so don’t use this essential oil when drowsiness would be dangerous or not desirable.
For applying to the skin, dilute Clary Sage essential oil in vegetable oil or jojoba to a maximum concentration of 2.5%. This concentration can be achieved by adding 23 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil to one ounce of vegetable oil or jojoba.
For a relaxing bath, add three or 4 drops of clary sage essential oil to a tablespoon of vegetable oil, jojoba, or Castile Soap. Add this mixture to warm bath water and gently stir it around with your foot to disperse. If you have used vegetable oil or jojoba, be careful: the tub will be slippery!
Clary Sage Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and generally non-sensitizing. However, it may cause unpleasant side effects (increased intoxication, nausea, severe headache) when combined with alcohol so we suggest avoiding use of this oil during and for 12 hours before or after alcohol consumption. Additionally, it may intensify the effects of sedatives and pain medication and the same precautions should be applied in combining Clary Sage use with use of such medicines. Some experts have advised that women who are pregnant, especially in the 1st trimester, should avoid using this oil. Do not use Clary Sage EO when there is a history of problematic pregnancy, premature contractions, miscarriage or similar problems. May cause drowsiness so don’t use this essential oil before or while engaging in potentially hazardous activities. Please read General Safety Guidelines via the link below.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children