Country of Origin
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Leaves and Flowers/Buds
Thin to Medium
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium – Strong
Clary Sage Essential Oil smells earthy, herbaceous, floral and slightly fruity.
Clary Sage Essential Oil Uses
- Skin Inflammation
- Hair Loss
- Dry Or Mature Skin
- Muscular Aches And Pains
- Whooping Cough
- Asthma Attacks
- Eases Menstrual Pain
- Regulation Of Menstrual Flow
- Intestinal Cramping
- High Blood Pressure
- Labor Pains
- Sore Throat
Reading Purchon and Cantele’s full profile for Clary Sage Essential Oil is recommended.
Sources: Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 50. Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 62-67.
- Linalyl Acetate
- Germacrene D
Tisserand and Young indicate that Sclareol is present in the steam distilled oil (and much higher in the absolute).
See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: Private Communication: Fakhry, 2002. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 253.
Clary Sage Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any known hazards for steam distilled Clary Sage Oil but recommend a dermal maximum of 0.25% for Clary Sage Absolute. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 253.]
Purchon and Cantele indicate that there is a moderate risk of sensitization in some individuals. [Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 50.]
Numerous sources recommend avoiding Clary Sage Oil while drinking alcohol and while driving due to the oil’s potential narcotic effect. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 213.]
Various sources state that the sclareol content contained within Clary Sage may induce an “estrogen-like action.” For that reason, it would be wise for those with breast cancer, at high risk for breast cancer or that need to carefully regulate their estrogen levels avoid Clary Sage. Having said that, Aromatherapy Science by Maria Lis-Balchin states the following: “This essential oil is quoted widely in the aromatherapy literature as being estrogenic, but clear scientific evidence has not been forthcoming. However, due to the spasmolytic effect on the uterus in vitro, caution should be used in pregnancy and parturition.” [Maria Lis-Balchin, Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals (United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 169.]
Recommended Dilution Range
To avoid the risk of various safety issues, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.7% for topical applications.
General Safety Information
Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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