What is it?

Clary Sage is formally known as ‘Salvia sclarea’ and is part of the ‘sage family’ which is in fact part of the 1,000 different species within the ‘mint family’ of herbs.

It’s common to the Mediterranian and some parts of North America, and Africa.

What does it do?

Like all essential oils, clary sage is made up of a unique combination of different chemical compounds. This combination of compounds is called its constituents and it’s this which determines the different medicinal usage.

Properties of Clary Sage:

  • anticonvulsant – prevent’s/reduces the frequency and severity of seizures Clary Sage & Frankinsense.png
  • antifungal – prevents/reduces fungal infections [caused by different types of fungi]
  • antiseptic – prevents/destroys the development of microbes [a bacterium causing disease]
  • astringent – a chemical compound which shrinks/constricts body tissue

What can I use it for?


By diffusing, or inhaling clary sage you can support your body through difficulties such as:

  • emotional stress
  • hormonal imbalance
  • infections
  • PMS
  • postpartum depression


By applying directly to your skin, either through the reflex points on your hands and feet or to the area of concern you can increase your bodies ability to:

  • reduce cholesterol
  • reduce occasional aches and pains associated with stomach cramps from menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
  • balance estrogen
  • reduce the frequency of and/or severity of seizures
  • fight infection
  • reduce the frequency of ‘hot flashes’ associated with the menopause

*While clary sage is considered a ‘safe’ oil and can be applied straight onto the skin it is always wise to ensure you have no skin sensitivities to this particular oil, and to take measures to dilute heavily with a carrier oil when you are pregnant.


While you can pop this one in your mouth without a capsule it’s not something I recommend because it really doesn’t taste very pleasant. Instead, it’s far better to put a couple of drops into an empty capsule and then swallow with water. Internal use of clary sage can help to:

  • reduce impotence

**As with all essential oils, it’s important to make sure you follow the guidelines of your brand some brands are not suitable to take internally.

Katie’s take on Clary Sage

“I love this oil, and whenever I’m getting close to ‘that time of the month’ it goes straight in my diffuser, and on my pulse points (back of my ears, and neck)! 

Personally, I’m not overly keen on the smell straight from the bottle so I tend to mix the diffuser up with a citrus oil and give it a little shazam.

If I’m feeling particularly lethargic, and I have a lot of work to do I mix it with frankincense and for me this combination is like drinking a magic productivity juice and has me buzzing for the whole day!”

If you have any questions or are open to finding out more about Clary Sage then leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Have an awesome day, Katie.


p.s. If you’re open to learning how to use essential oils to do loads of other neat things and support your body and mind with everything it gets up to then click the link below to go to a free mini-wellness consult

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  1. It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
  2. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  3. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  4. Essential Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
  5. Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).

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