Botanical name: Salvia Sclarea
This is the oil chosen for treating nervousness, weakness, fear, paranoia, and depression. Clary sage feeds the soul and helps us get through rough times. It is recommended when pressures and stress come from outside. The oil is very relaxing. Particularly recognized as useful for people involved in creative work. It lends us the courage to do things we haven’t done in a long time. Wonderful for people in mid-life crisis.
Clary sage has been tested on both animals and humans to determine its potential benefits as an antidepressant. One study done on rats indicated that clary sage oil could be beneficial for depression by acting as an anti-stressor. Another small study with menopausal women indicated that inhaled clary sage oil reduced cortisol, the stress hormone, and produced an antidepressant-like effect.
ll said and done, clary sage remains a very fascinating essential oil. This essential oil forms a significant element of several blends and is a much desired herb in many gardens.
Blends well with
hair loss and other hair problems
urinary tract infections
Although clary sage and the essential oil yielded by the herb have multiple uses, especially as an important element in aromatherapy, it should be used with caution and prudently. Caution is essential because when the herb is used very frequently in elevated intensity or concentration, it may sometimes get out of control. One should never use this herb before driving or undertaking any work that requires concentration, as it may cause dizziness. There have been several complaints of intoxication following the use of the herb or the essential oil obtained from it. Hence, it is advisable that you should never use it while consuming alcoholic beverages or use a blend of the oil with alcohol. In addition, use of the herb or its essential oil should preferably be avoided during the initial months of pregnancy.