Clary sage oil

Clary sage oil is an essential oil known for its curative properties. From alleviating stress and depression to treating uterine, digestive and various other disorders, this oil was believed to be nothing less than a magic potion in the Middle Ages.
Clary sage essential oil, also known as clary wort, clear eye, muscatel sage, eye bright, clear eye or see bright is a pale golden, yellowish colored essential oil with a somewhat sweet, nutty fragrance. This oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and buds of the clary sage plant, which is scientifically known as Salvia sclarea of the Labiatae family. This oil comprises components such as alpha terpineol, linalool, neryl acetate, Geraniol, sclareol, caryophyllene, germacrene D and linalyl acetate. This wonderful herb which is apparently believed to be a native of Europe has been raised to the pedestal for its great number of medicinal benefits. In the middle ages, the clary sage oil was used to treat menstrual, uterine and digestive problems. Today, due to its acclaimed health benefits, the clary sage plant is cultivated across the globe and is used in scores of toothpastes, shaving creams, lotions, eyewashes, shampoos, etc.


Health Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil


Clary sage oil is well-known for its aphrodisiac, sedative, antiseptic, antifungal, digestive, regenerative, antidepressant, deodorant and hormone like properties. This is why this oil is commonly used in aromatherapy even though it's quite expensive. Let's look at some clary sage uses and health benefits.


For the Eyes


One of the names of clary sage oil is clear eye, which itself implies that the oil benefits the eyes in some or the other way. In the Middle Ages, this oil was referred to as 'Oculus Christi', meaning 'Eye of Christ', since many people were astonished to see its remarkable properties to cure eye problems. This oil was used as a cleanser for the eyes and was supposed to increase eye health. It not only makes the eyes clear and bright, but also helps to keep eye infections at bay and helps soothe inflamed eyes. Moreover, it also improves vision and protects loss of vision and macular degeneration due to aging. This is why clary sage oil is added to eyewashes. However, it is important to note that you shouldn't use this oil directly to your eyes.


For Stress


Reduction This oil is a well-known antidepressant and stress reliever. It works on the hypothalamus of the brain and alleviates anxiety, stress and fear. Adding a few drops of oil to an oil burner and placing it in the room will help relax a person and enhance one's mood. It calms one's emotions and nerves. Moreover, its sedative properties help in getting rid of insomnia. Just add a few drops of clary sage oil to the bath before bedtime and have a relaxing bath, followed by deep sleep. You could also add a drop or two of clary sage oil on the handkerchief or on the wrists for relaxing effects.


For the Hair


This essential oil claims to stimulate hair growth, reverses hair loss issues and restores lost sheen from the hair. It also soaks up all the excess oil from the hair, thereby regulating oily hair. It also gives the hair a fresh, healthier look. Since clary sage oil blends well with essential oils like ylang ylang, chamomile, lavender, sandalwood etc, prepare a hair nourishing mixture by adding 2 tablespoons of clary sage oil to 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon jasmine oil and 5 - 6 drops of ylang-ylang oil. Apply and massage well. After half an hour, wash the oil off.


Uterine Issues


The hormone balancing properties of clary sage oil stimulate the action of the female hormone estrogen, thus posing as a suitable curative oil for solving menstrual problems, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, hot flashes, etc. Adding 2 - 3 drops of clary sage oil to a warm compress and placing it on the abdomen helps relieve menstrual cramping.


Inducing Labor


We've all heard about it. Well, clary sage is often included during a delivery for its relaxing and aromatic properties. The use of clary sage oil to induce labor is due to the reason that it intensifies the contractions. A cotton ball or two dipped in clary sage oil and placed under the pregnant woman's pillow helps the woman relax as well. However, it depends on whether she can stand the smell of clary sage oil, because many women have an aversion towards it.




Since the oil induces contractions of the uterus, it is important not to use this oil when you are pregnant as it is known to have caused miscarriages. However, there are lots of views regarding the use of this oil while pregnant. Some say it should be used only after 37 weeks of pregnancy, while some say, it should be used only during labor. Some other says it should be used if one's overdue. Then, some doctors suggest that one should not use this oil if breastfeeding. So to be safe, check with your doctor before jumping to conclusions.


Clary sage oil uses for acne, dandruff, frigidity, impotence, high blood pressure, insect bites, migraines, whooping-cough, etc. are also known. It is important to never to use the oil directly and keep it away from eyes and internal use. Always use it after diluting in some carrier oil, lest it burn the skin. Moreover, never combine this oil with any medications comprising iron. Since the oil has sedative properties, make sure you don't drive or involve yourself in any kind of activity requiring concentration. Clary sage oil, if combined with alcohol can have a narcotic effect and spearhead nausea and nightmares and if taken in large doses, it can conduce to headaches and even poisoning. So before using this oil, make sure you consult your health care provider about your health status.

Written by: Priya Johnson for