Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at one of these - Clary Sage - and discuss what it can do for you
- Botanical Name Salvia Scalarea
- Aroma Fresh, musky and woody.
- Aromatic Note Middle
- Uses Stress reduction, calming nerves, natural anti- depressant, inflammation, hormonal support, improves vision
Did you know? Traditionally used to flavour muscatel wine, Clary Sage produces an aroma that many find euphoric. Its most distinct feature is the 60-70% Linalyl Acetate it contains, which is the highest of all the essential oils and is used to combat stress via its anti inflammatory properties. Clary Oil also contains sclareol, which some claim to be estrogenic and so you need to take extra care using this if you are pregnant (see Safety Info below).
What is it used for? Therapeutically, it can be used in a number of digestive, skin and feminine issues but also for many non-physical benefits in improving the mood and offering clarity.
Will I like it? Aromatically, Clary Sage Essential Oil has a distinctive musky and earthy, slightly floral scent. It blends well with essential oils in the floral, citrus and wood families. Emotionally, Clary Sage Essential Oil is harmonizing, balancing and supportive and the “clarity’ that is offers means it is often used during meditation, contemplation or creative work.
How can I use it? A Stress Tackling Oil recipe: This recipe is one by Aromatherapy guru Robert Tisserand. It is simple and quick to make but gives a stunning fragrance and is really effective. Pour 10ml of organic Sweet Almond or JoJoba oil into a glass spray bottle and add these essential oils:
- 2 drops Jasmine
- 2 drops Sweet Orange
- 1 drop Clary Sage
Apply to the chest with gentle massaging movements before a stressful moment. Take deep breaths and enjoy the aroma!
Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range!
How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely?: An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents
And another thing...Clary Sage Essential Oil Safety Information: Tisserand and Young don’t find any known hazards for steam distilled Clary Sage Oil but recommend a dermal maximum of 0.25% for Clary Sage Absolute. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile (see key references section below) on this oil for the full lowdown. Note that the sclareol content contained within Clary Sage may induce an "estrogen-like action." For that reason, it would be wise for those that need to carefully regulate their estrogen levels to avoid Clary Sage. Additionally, due to the spasmolytic effect on the uterus in vitro, caution should be used in pregnancy.
Want to learn more?
- “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje
- “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
- “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood
Disclaimer: before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes