Uplifting, Rejuvenating, Cooling
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) is a perennial/biennial plant native to Europe and is in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family. Like most species in the Mint family, Clary Sage is most known for its aromatics. It is a close relative of common Sage, but it has a slightly different chemical makeup.
The chief chemical components of Clary Sage are phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals that help protect the plant against disease and/or predators. These phytochemicals can also be beneficial to humans. Some of the properties of these chemicals include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant and antioxidant.
Unlike Aloe vera, which contains a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, Clary Sage is mainly used for its aromatics. According to Valerie Worwood in her book “The Fragrant Mind”, Clary Sage brings long-lasting inner tranquility and thanks to its warmth and liveliness, it helps dispel melancholy. This essential oil may be compared to a colorful clown or comedian who cheers and entertains with a sort of dance. It feeds the soul and helps us through hard times.
Clary Sage is sometimes referred to as a "women's herb" because of the grounding, relaxing effect it has on a women's emotional and menstrual functions. It provides comfort and ease and can even cool hot flashes by simply inhaling the essential oil.
FUN FACT: In the 16th Century, Clary Sage was used for brewing beer as a replacement for hops to increase the intoxicating effects. Unfortunately, severe headaches the next morning were a resulting side effect.
Today, Clary Sage is used mainly as an essential oil for inhaling or combined with a carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, almond etc.) to use in the hair, for massage, and for skin care. The essential oil is herbaceous, clean & refreshing. We utilize Clary Sage in our Rain scent for a perfect on-the-go spray that will uplift, encourage and refresh!
Join us over the next few weeks as we show you how to incorporate this beautiful plant into your weekly routines with remedies, uses, and recipes.