4 Ways To Use Clary Sage Essential Oil

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What is Clary Sage?

Clary Sage is a variety of sage that belongs to the genus Salvia. During the summer months, the flowers adorn gardens with their purple, pink and light blue flowers. Clary Sage has been noted in history as far back as the middle ages when it was used for the eyes.

The sweet, fresh flowers and leaves yield a colorless to yellow-green oil when steam distilled. The scent is almost nutty and some say that it may smell a little musty. Clary Sage blends well with many essential oils but in particular Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, and Sandalwood.

Although this oil has a reputation for having an affinity to the female body, it is also rich in linalool and has often been used to positively affect the emotions. It can feel lifting, but not overly stimulating, yet calming at the same time. Clary Sage is often added to blends for anxiety, stress, tension, pain and many female issues such as menstrual cramps.

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There are many ways to use Clary Sage essential oil. Here are my 4 favorite ways to use this oil:

Uplifting Scent/Mood Elevator

When feeling down, insecure, irritable and even anxious, I like to make a blend with Clary Sage to use in my diffuser. By combining other relaxing and uplifting oils, the effect seems to bring balance into my life.

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil – 40 drops
  • Bergamot Essential Oil – 80 drops
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil – 20 drops
  • Jasmine Absolute Oil – 10 drops

Blend the oils in a small dark glass bottle. Use 3-5 drops in your diffuser as desired.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil

When emotions are out of whack it can be difficult to feel sensual and connected to your partner. To feel more confident, at ease and sensual, why not try exchanging massages. Try using gentle pressure with long strokes to encourage circulation and relaxation.

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil – 40 drops
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – 20 drops
  • Patchouli Essential Oil – 10 drops
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil – 14 drops
  • Perilla Seed Oil – 4 ounces

Blend the essential oils with the Perilla Oil, or your favorite massage oil. Shake well and use as a massage oil.

Menstrual Cramp Roll-On

If you are a woman, chances are you have experienced menstrual cramps. They can vary from mild to moderate, and even severe. Cramps can leave you feeling tired, in pain and even bloated. Over the years I have learned to keep a roll-on with this blend in my monthly kit – along with Swiss chocolate, The Notebook DVD, and The Honey Pot Menstrual Pads!

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil – 15 drops
  • Geranium Essential Oil – 8 drops
  • Lavender Essential Oil – 3 drops
  • Copaiba Essential Oil – 10 drops
  • Black Pepper Essential Oil – 3 drops
  • Golden Jojoba Oil – 10 ml

Blend all the essential oils with Jojoba Oil. Pour into 2 roll-on bottles. Make a label and use as needed by gently massaging the lower abdomen.

Anti-Aging Skin Care

Clary Sage has a wonderful affinity for the skin. It is said to improve the appearance of fine lines while giving the skin a youthful and glowing look. Add this blend to your favorite creams and lotions for a little extra boost for your skin!

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil – 15 drops
  • Rose Absolute Oil – 1 drop
  • Frankincense Essential Oil – 6 drops
  • Patchouli Essential Oil – 3 drops
  • Unscented skin care product – 4 ounces

Place unscented skin care product, in a clean bowl. Add essential oils. With a clean whisk incorporate the essential oils into your product until completely mixed. Pour or scoop your finished product back into the original containers. Enjoy this blend in the morning and/or evening.

*Clean and “sterilize” your bowl and whisk by adding 1 tsp of Everclear alcohol to the bowl and wiping down the entire bowl with a clean paper towel.

Safety Guidelines

There are a few safety guidelines that should be observed when using Clary Sage essential oil.

  • Do not drink alcohol and use Clary Sage essential oil. It has long been known to enhance the effects of alcohol. When mixed with alcoholic beverages, it is said to produce intense dreams and to amplify your hangover the following morning!
  • When using Clary Sage with hormone-affecting essential oils, such as Geranium, make sure to consult your healthcare professional/aromatherapist before use.
  • Consider using a designated driver if you are intensely working with Clary Sage essential oil! The deep relaxing effect can produce drowsiness and may make you unfit for getting behind the wheel.
  • Avoid this oil during pregnancy as it may increase circulation in the reproductive organs; however, this oil was tested in a group of late-term pregnant women with no ill effects.


The following report contains updates on the current trends in production and availability of the most in-demand Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Raw Materials sourced from around the globe.

Peppermint and Spearmint Oil

In India, Peppermint and Spearmint are harvested between May and July. The Mentha piperita crop yield is projected to be lower than that of the previous year while the yields for Mentha arvensis and Mentha spicata are higher. The demand for these crops is constantly increasing and, since last year, the demand has increased by approximately 10-25%. The current market conditions are good. The Mentha piperita prices are expected to increase, whereas the Mentha arvensis and Mentha spicata prices can potentially decrease.

Clary Sage Oil

In France, Clary Sage is harvested from the end of June to the beginning of July. Thus far, the weather conditions have been favorable; hence, the next harvest is expected to have a promising yield. This expectation is further augmented by the significant development that has taken place on plantations, which may also help to encourage a larger harvest than the previous one. The current demand for Clary Sage has weakened, and this year, stock will be carried over. Prices are expected to decline.

Coffee Oil

In Brazil, Coffee beans are harvested between June and August. The coffee crop grows every two years; one year might produce a higher volume than the other, and 2018 was the full crop year. Coffee is a highly demanding and expensive crop with prices that vary according to commodity exchange. Due to the drought in 2018, the 2019 harvest is expected by some to be low; however, some farmers expect a good crop. For the purposes of oil extraction, it is not recommended to use Coffee from old harvests; rather it is suggested that Coco Coffee – that is coffee stored in its shell – be used, as it retains moisture as well as properties that are comparable to that of the fresh seed.

Brazil still carries 2018 stock. The sales increased by approximately 12% from the previous year. As a result, Coffee prices are lower this year, reaching 15% for grains of lower quality. Although 2019 is not a full crop year, the harvest is projected to be favorable. The latest estimate of the increase in demand is that Coffee consumption will grow by 2.8% in 2019. The Brazilian market has remained problematic, as offers are much less than those anticipated by the producers. There is good demand for much of the current crop, particularly for good quality Arabica – the prices of which are close to those offered for the Coffees meant for export.

What Are The Health Benefits of Clary Sage Oil.

Clary sage, also known as Salvia sclarea, is a plant native to the northern Mediterranean Basin. It is widely used for medicinal purposes and as a spice.

Many parts of the clary sage plant can be used, including the leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. In alternative health practices, clary sage essential oil is used in aromatherapy.

In this article, we take a look at the uses and suggested health benefits of clary sage oil. We will also look at whether there is any scientific evidence to back these claims up. We also examine how the oil is used, and what side effects could occur.

Uses for clary sage oil

Clary sage oil

Clary sage oil may have properties such as antidepressant effects, improved digestion, and stress relief.

Aromatherapists and related alternative health practitioners often use clary sage as an essential oil in their treatments, and supporters believe it has many health benefits.

People may use the oil for one or more of its potential properties, including:

  • antidepressant effects
  • anti-inflammatory effects
  • improved digestion
  • antibacterial effects
  • stress relief
  • improved circulation

Possible health benefits

Below is a list of possible health benefits for clary oil. It is worth noting that many of the studies listed below either involved small numbers of participants or were carried out on animals rather than humans.

Antidepressant effects

2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the antidepressant and stress-fighting effects of several different essential oils in rats. The oils used included clary sage, chamomile, rosemary, and lavender.

The study found that out of all the oils tested, clary sage oil had the most potent anti-stress effect.

The researchers concluded that clary sage oil could be an effective treatment for people experiencing depression. They also suggested that the effect of the oil was closely linked to the feel-good hormone dopamine.

Blood-pressure-lowering and anti-anxiety effects

study published in 2013 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that inhaled clary sage oil significantly lowered blood pressure and calmed the breathing of women with urinary incontinence undergoing assessment. The paper includes the suggestion that inhaled clary sage oil may be an effective way of promoting relaxation.

Another piece of research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that including clary sage oil in the food of animal subjects lead to a significant reduction in dominant and anxious behavior.

Anti-inflammatory effects

Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2017 found that an extract of clary sage had significant anti-inflammatory effects in rats. The researchers concluded that the clary sage extract could be an effective treatment for the inflammatory gum condition periodontitis.

It is worth noting that the study also found that applying the same clary sage extract 3 days before infection did not appear to have a preventive effect.

Improved mental function

Different sage plants have long been thought to improve mental function in various ways. A 2017 review looked at the effects of various sage plants, including clary sage. The author found that sage plants seem to be associated with improved memory, greater alertness, and potential Alzheimer’s-fighting effects.

The same review also noted the anti-depressant and anti-stress effects of clary sage mentioned above.

Antibacterial effects

Many essential oils, including clary sage oil, are thought to have antibacterial qualities. A 2015 study looking at the antibacterial effects of clary sage essential oil found that its antibacterial qualities worked against all strains of bacteria tested.

Clary sage essential oil was also found to reduce the growth of E. coli significantly and appeared to attack bacteria cells in several different ways.

Other research has also suggested that some of the chemical components of clary sage have anti-fungal effects.

2017 study comparing the antibacterial and antifungal effects of six different essential oils also found clary sage to have antibacterial and antifungal effects. However, these effects were less significant than most of the other oils that were tested.

How to use clary sage oil

essential oil burner

Clary sage oil may be diffused into the air with an essential oil burner.

As research has found positive effects of clary sage oil when inhaled, taken via the mouth, and applied directly to inflamed areas of the body, there are many options for how someone can use it. Users should make sure to select 100 percent essential oil.

Aromatherapy: Around 2 to 3 drops of clary sage oil can be mixed with water and other essential oils and diffused into the air via an essential oil burner. When vaporized, clary sage oil can help to fight bacteria and other germs in the air

Skin: Add about 6 drops of clary sage oil to 1 oz. of carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and rub directly onto a wounded area, or massage into skin. Add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to the bathwater to soothe sore muscles and improve mood. When rubbed onto an injured area, it can have a direct antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic effect.

Oral: Add around 1 to 2 drops of 100 percent essential oil to tea, smoothies, or food for a soothing effect, and to help reduce inflammation in the gums. The Natural Standard Herb and Supplement Guide state that 25-50 microliters (or 1/2 to 1 drop) can be taken orally one to three times daily.

All of these uses appear to be safe and may be beneficial.

Side effects

Clary sage oil appears safe for use.

Various sources make claims about clary sage oil increasing estrogen in the body, but at least one 2017 study that investigated the estrogen-boosting effects of different essential oils did not seem to agree. The study did, however, suggest that geranium and rose otto essential oils might boost estrogen.

Other supposed risks or side effects of clary sage oil seem to be largely anecdotal and appear not to be well supported by research.

A reasonable precaution would be to test a small area of skin before applying the oil to large areas of skin and avoid using clary sage oil before driving or operating heavy machinery. People should also stop using clary sage oil and consult with a medical professional if any issues arise.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate essential oils. People who wish to use them should speak to their healthcare provider first and be sure to obtain the oils from a respected supplier.


A large body of research suggests that clary sage oil could have many health benefits.

These benefits include anti-depressant and anti-stress effects, likely connected to the hormone dopamine. These effects could make clary sage an effective natural remedy for low moods. It is worth noting that many studies do not involve large groups of humans, however.

Clary sage oil has also been shown to lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety, and be a great all-around stress buster. There’s some suggestion that, as a member of the sage family, it may even have a positive impact on memory and mental function.

Finally, clary sage oil has been shown to have excellent anti-inflammatory and moderate antibacterial effects, as well as anesthetic properties. It is worth keeping in mind, though, that clary sage oil does not appear to prevent inflammation but instead acts as a treatment for it.