Clary sage essential oil, salvia sclarea, has been highly esteemed and used for digestive disorders, kidney disease, uterine and menstrual complaints, acne, boils, dandruff, hair loss, oily skin, wrinkles, and general nerve tonic. The oil and absolute are used as fragrance components and fixatives in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes. It has mostly been employed in disordered states of the digestion, as a stomachic, and has also proved useful in kidney diseases.
Clary Sage is native to southern Europe, but cultivated worldwide, especially in the Mediterranean region, it is a stout biennial or perenneal herb up to 1 meter high with large, hairy leaves, green with a hint of purple, and small blue flowers. The oil is obtained by steam distillation from the flowering tops and leaves. Though employed in ancient times and in the Middle Ages for its curative properties, it seems to have fallen into disuse as a medicinal plant, though revived to a certain extent towards the end of the nineteenth century. The English name Clary originates in the Latin specific name sclarea, a word derived from clarus (clear). This name Clary was gradually modified into 'Clear Eye,' one of the popular names and generally explained from the fact that the seeds have been employed for clearing the sight, being so mucilaginous that a decoction from them placed in the eye would 'clear' it from any small foreign body, the presence of which might have caused irritation.
Clary Sage essential oil, salvia sclarea, blends well with the following essential oils: juniperberry, lavender, cilantro, pine, cardamom, geranium, sandalwood, jasmine, frankincense, and citrus oils.
Clary Sage essential oil cautions - Nontoxic, nonirritant, nonsensitizing. Avoid using during pregnancy. Do not use clary sage oil while drinking alcohol as it can induce a narcotic effect.
Clary Sage Essential Oil Properties - Anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antichloristic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrizing, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, uterine.