Clary Sage

Origins of Clary Sage

Clary Sage, a plant in the Salvia genus native to the Mediterranean region, is the source of an essential oil extracted from its leaves. As discussed in Sage: An Aromatic Herb for Health and Cleansing, this oil is versatile, used for flavoring, in perfumery, and notably in aromatherapy. It is characterized by its distinctive earthy and herbaceous scent.

Historical Background and Lore

The ancient Greek botanist Theophrastus (371–287 B.C.E.) wrote about the medicinal properties of Clary Sage. In the Middle Ages, it was known as “clear eye” for its purported ability to improve vision and protect the eyes from aging effects. In sixteenth-century England, Clary Sage was occasionally used as a hops substitute in beer production.

Therapeutic Uses of Clary Sage Essential Oil

Health Benefits

Clary Sage essential oil is particularly beneficial for women, aiding in managing menstrual issues, childbirth, and menopausal symptoms, including mood swings. (It should, however, be avoided during the early stages of pregnancy.) For cramps, massaging the oil into the abdomen or lower back can provide relief. Besides, it enhances skin and hair health. Its scent has a soothing effect, helping to alleviate anxiety and depression.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

Clary Sage essential oil is ideal for those with a restless mind, promoting relaxation and focus. It facilitates living in the present and going with the flow, enabling access to inner wisdom without excessive thought. The oil is known to open the root and sacral chakras, grounding the spirit and bolstering self-confidence and self-worth. Additionally, it acts as an aphrodisiac and may improve dream experiences.