MALAVARA UNCOVERED | Clary Sage Essential Oil

MALAVARA UNCOVERED | Clary Sage Essential Oil

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 Clary Sage essential oil and discuss its uses and benefits!

Botanical Name: Salvia Scalarea          

Aroma: Fresh, musky and woody.

Aromatic Note: Middle

Benefits: 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 information before).

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 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? This Stress Tackling Oil recipe is by Aromatherapy guru Robert Tisserand. It is simple and quick to make but is really effective and gives a stunning fragrance. Pour 10ml of organic Sweet Almond or JoJoba carrier 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!

Malavara Uncovered | Clary Sage Essential Oil

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely? An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. You should check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for tips and resources on the safe use of essential oils! If you are regularly making blends for yourself and others, it is worth investing in  Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents.

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 on this oil for the complete breakdown. 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.

Before you go, make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for important guidelines on the safe use of essential oils!

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.



Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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