Clary sage was highly esteemed for its healing properties in the Middle Ages. Medieval authors referred to it as “clear eyes,” because the mucilage from its seeds was used to clear the eyes of foreign particles.
Clary sage may be helpful in reducing high blood pressure, and because of its antispasmodic properties, it is helpful in treating asthma and muscle strain. Clary sage is also useful in addressing conditions of female hormone imbalance, including excessive sweating associated with menstruation or menopause, infrequent or scanty periods and hot flashes.
Botanical Name: Salvia sclarea
Odor Intensity: Medium
Intestinal cramps, colic
Menopause, hot flashes
Muscular tension, aches, strains
Aroma: Clean, nutty, sweet, warm, green.
Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops
Essential Oils Properties: anticonvulsive, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, cicatrizant, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, sedative.
Emotional Concerns: Clary sage is indicated by nervous anxiety, shallow breathing, depression and nervous tension. It is also helpful for emotional confusion and indecision. Clary sage, considered a euphoric, should be used only in moderate doses.
Contraindications: Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use while drinking alcoholic beverages, as this may increase the narcotic effect. Overuse can cause headache and stupor. Avoid using in cases of low blood pressure and estrogen-dependent tumors.
Pour water into a spray bottle. Add essential oils. Shake to mix, and always shake before spraying. When you feel a hot flash coming, spritz yourself and inhale, or spritz a cloud of the mixture and walk through it.
Mix with 30 ml carrier oil and massage into abdomen.