Clary sage seed oil

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5 Benefits of Clary Sage Oil

1. Stress reduction

Aromatherapy uses the power of scent to calm the mind and reduce feelings of anxiety. Your olfactory system directly affects the part of your brain that regulates emotion. That’s why what you smell can trigger memories and elicit feelings, both negative and positive.

When used in aromatherapy, clary sage oil can help alleviate stress by inducing a sense of well-being. One small study done on women undergoing a stressful medical test indicated that when inhaled, clary sage essential oil elicited feelings of relaxation and helped to reduce blood pressure.

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2. Antibacterial properties

Clary sage oil in diluted form may have a positive impact upon some strains of bacteria. Researchers think it could be an effective treatment alone or in addition to traditional treatments for wound care.

In one laboratory study, clary sage oil helped heal severe dermatological infections caused by several strains of Staphylococcus bacteria. The lab study used swabs from the bacterial infections of 61 people. Each had a difficult-to-treat wound that wasn’t responding well to antibiotics. The wounds were caused by burns, diabetes, or surgical procedures. Diluted clary sage oil was found to be effective against several bacterial strains.

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3. Natural antidepressant

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.

Keep reading: Depression treatment options and where to find help “

4. Alleviation of menopause symptoms

One component of clary sage oil is sclareol, which mimics the effects of estrogen in the body. For this reason, clary sage may be effective at reducing some of the symptoms of menopause. Some research suggests that diluted clary sage oil applied to the bottoms of the feet can reduce hot flashes.

5. Reducing menstrual cramps

A small study examined 48 women who experienced painful menstruation and cramps. Some of the women were given a cream containing clary sage oil and other essential oils to apply onto their lower abdomens daily, between menstrual cycles. The women who used the cream had a significant reduction in menstrual cramps than the control group.

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Growing Clary Sage: Enjoying The Clary Sage Herb In Your Garden

Clary sage plant (Salvia sclarea) has a history of use as a medicinal, flavoring agent and aromatic. The plant is an herb in the genus Salvia which encompasses all the sages. Salvia sclarea is primarily grown in the temperate areas of the world and is a short-lived herbaceous perennial or biennial. More commonly known as Cleareye or Eye bright, clary sage herb is easy to grow and adds an ornamental display of flowers to the herb garden.

Clary Sage Herb

Clary sage plant is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Europe. It is most commonly cultivated in Hungary, France and Russia. Both the leaves and flowers are used in flavoring and teas as well as aromatherapy applications.

The plant also yields an essential oil called clary oil or muscatel sage, which is used for topical afflictions and in aromatherapy applications.

Growing clary sage for home use provides all these benefits and is safe for human consumption according the Purdue University.

How to Grow Clary Sage

Clary sage is a biennial that begins as a rosette in the first year and will grow a flower stalk the second year. It is a short-lived plant that will usually die after the second year, although in some climates it may persist weakly for one or two more seasons. The plant can grow up to 4 feet tall and produces purplish blue flower spikes from late spring into mid summer. Flowers are held in panicles which contain four to six blooms. Cultivators grow clary sage primarily for the flowers, which are dried or pressed for various uses.

Growing clary sage can be accomplished down to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5. Clary sage plant grows and establishes quickly in full sun and well drained soils. Sage can be started from seed, cuttings or layered. The most important attribute for growing clary sage is drainage. Wet sites can rot the plant or severely curtail its growth. The plant will need supplemental irrigation until it is established but can provide its own moisture thereafter except in very arid zones.

Using Clary Sage in the Garden

Clary sage is deer resistant, which makes it ideal for the naturalized or meadow garden. The plant may spread by seed but volunteer seeding is usually minimal. The herb requires a chilling period of at least three months to produce flowers and is not a good performer in hot climates for this reason. Clary sage plant does well in an herb or pottage garden or mixed in a border of perennials. It attracts honeybees and other pollinators to the garden.

Varieties of Clary Sage Herb

Clary sage has two common cultivars. A variation called turkestanica is a 3-foot tall version of the herb with longer flower bracts and a more pronounced blue color. The cultivar ‘Vatican’ is a white flowering clary sage herb with the same cultivation requirements as the parent herb.

Salvia sclarea

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Botanical Properties

The sage genus comprises a few hundred species, all belonging to the Lamiaceeae family. Clary sage is a herbaceous, biannual plant. It is aromatic and fragrant, with quadrangular stems that can reach up to 1.50m in height when correctly produced. It is not only aromatic but also decorative, with grey-green leaves and flowers that vary in colour, from pink to blue.

Origin and history

Sage thrives best in meridional regions, but is still widespread throughout Europe. For the ancient Egyptians and throughout the Middle Ages it was considered a sacred plant, and was used in many purification rituals and magical potions. It is considered a cornerstone of traditional medicine, indeed “salvia” in Latin means “to heal, to save”.
Nowadays, it is commonly grown in our back-gardens for its uses as a condiment and aromatic plant.

Organoleptic properties

 Aspect: liquid
 Colour: yellow
 Odour: herbal

Distilled parts: Leaves

Country of origin: France

Density: 0.848 – 0.872

Chemotype

Main biochemical components or chemotype:
Linalyl acetate, Linalool
Allergenic molecules naturally found within this essential oil:
Linalool, Geraniol
Certain natural components of this essential oil may cause allergic reactions. Please do an allergy test on the skin in the crease of your elbow before using this product.

Properties

Our organic clary sage essential oil is:
• Antisudorific
• Oestrogen-like
• Advised pre-menopause
• A hair follicle tonic
• Diuretic
• Antibacterial
• Antimycotic
• Endocrine system modulating

Indications

Our organic clary sage essential oil is particularly adapted to women. Its influence on female hormones helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and rebalance menopausal women.
It also stabilises sebum secretion and perspiration. It is the perfect product against sweaty hands and feet. It also invigorates the scalp and hair follicles, thus fortifying and promoting hair growth.

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Instructions

Please consult a doctor before taking any treatment or therapy orally.
Oral administration:
Take 1 drop of organic essential clary sage oil 3 times a day, with some honey, or on a lozenge under the tongue, during the menopause.
On the skin:
Mix 3 drops of organic clary sage essential oil into your shampoo: this will help prevent your hair from getting greasy.

Possible synergies

Scalp care: Carrot, Lavender

Energetic values and synergies

In energy aromatherapy, organic clary sage essential oil is linked to the throat chakra, Vishuddhi. It is associated with the colour blue.
Clary sage will help to regulate excessive emotions, dissipate one’s fears and regain confidence in oneself.
Synergy: Nard, Lavender.

Precautions

Inflammable. Utilisation par voie orale sur avis médical. Tenir hors de portée des enfants. Éviter les contacts avec les yeux. Déconseillée aux enfants de moins de 3 ans et aux femmes enceintes ou allaitantes. Ne pas appliquer sur la peau avant une exposi

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Clary Sage (Salvia sclararea)

A very bright biennial that brings cheer to any garden. Bright pink/light purple flowers stand upright on 48″ stems and attract attention from way across the garden. Easy to grow, does best in full sun and good soil but will grow almost anywhere except shade and waterlogged soils. Needs very little care and maintenance once sown, but will need re-sowing yearly to keep the blooms coming. Very aromatic and attractive to butterflies. Wildlife don’t eat it.

Description of Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea).
Biennial plant hardy to zone 6 and with good protection possibly zone 5 or even 4. During the first year it produces a group of hard heart shaped leaves about 8-10″ long and 6-8″ broad. These are almost stalkless pale green with white central veins, wrinkled with irregular toothed margins and covered with velvety hairs. In the second year the leaves tend to be slightly smaller and have longer stalks. They begin as a low group of leaves but tall square stalks gradually rise from the groups with the leaves attached in opposite pairs along its length. Flowers are produced in a long loose terminal much branched spike at the top of the stem than can reach 48″ in height and appear in late spring to early summer. The flowers are arranged in whorls. Flowers are similar to garden sage with tall back petal like a tall arching tube from which the stamens protrude forwards. These are usually lilac or light purple in colors. The lower petals are smaller and stick out to each side of a lower papery central petal. These are most often white, but can be tinged with blue or pink. The whole plant has a strong aromatic scent. The seeds are fairly large and held in brown papery bracts. After flowering the plant dies.

HOW TO GROW Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea).

Location and Care
The ideal location is in full sun in well drained soil with lots of organic material. With these conditions it will produce at its best. However it will grow and flower in almost any type of soil and any location except waterlogged and heavy shade. Its not fussy about soil type although the more shade the more straggly the plant. While it prefers to have some regular watering it can get by with very little only really needing some in drought conditions, it will however need more on well draining sandy soil. Watering once a week for most conditions is usually sufficient.
Plants have large leaves so allow plenty of space and prevent it from overshadowing other plants. Space at least 2 feet apart if in good conditions plant at 3 feet.. Staking is rarely if ever needed. Cutting flower spikes after flowering often encourages a second flowering although usually not as spectacular as the first. For continuous flowering sow plants yearly so always have some in bloom and some coming on for next year.
Fairly easy plant to grow and care for and does not appear to have many pest problems.

Growing Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea) from Seed
Seeds require filtered light to germinate so barely cover seeds when sowing.
For best results start indoors in late winter. Plant in small pots or individual cell trays and barely cover the seed with fine potting soil. Keep moist until the germinate, which is usually about 14 days at about 70°F. Grow on until plants have at least four good leaves and are about 4 inches tall before hardening off ready for transplanting. See our general growing instructions for more information.
Plant out in later spring and water in well. Plants will need plenty of water until they are established, then watering can be cut back to once a week unless in drought conditions.

Sowing outdoors directly. Seeds can be sown in well prepared well weeded bed in spring when all danger or frost has passed. Keep area moist until plants have germinated. Prick out and allow to grow on. Transplant in early fall for best flowering position in the spring.

Harvesting Clary (Salvia Sclarea).
Harvest leaves in second year just as the flowers are coming into bloom. If harvesting for oil harvest during late bloom when the seeds are in the milky stage. Most of the oil is in the flowering stalk so collect just this and a few pairs of leaves. Oil content is lowest from noon to 3:00 pm so for highest oil harvest in early morning after dew has left the plant or in late afternoon.

Medicinal uses of Clary (Salvia Sclarea).
Has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks to treat digestive disorders most commonly indigestion and gas. It is also extremely useful in treatment of hot flashes and other menstrual disorders. It has an estrogen stimulating action so it is most effective when this hormone is low, thus its use in hot flashes. It has very antispasmodic abilities and is also used to treat kidney diseases. The oil has been show to effectively help reduce blood pressure and possibly anxiety.
The seeds once soaked in water produce a thick mucilage which is very effective in removing small particles of dust and such from the eyes. It has been used for centuries in this capacity for centuries.

Culinary Uses of Clary (Salvia Sclarea).
While this species of sage is not considered the best culinary herb the leaves do have their own special flavor which is strong, warm and aromatic. They are used to flavor some cooked foods and are often added to jellies and conserves. The leaves can also be dipped in batter and cooked to make delicious fritters. The flowers can be added to salads or made into a tea.
Historically it has been used as a hop substitute in flavouring beer, imparting considerable bitterness and intoxicating properties it is also added to some wines to produce a more muscatel flavor.

Clary sage Oil.
Essential oil produced from the flowering stems produces a highly aromatic odor that resembles ambergris so it is commonly used in the perfume industry as a substitute and a fixer and preservative. The oil is also used in soap making, incense, potpourri and aromatherapy.

Other names
Clary, Clear Eye, Clary Wort, See Bright, Eyebright , Salvia sclarea, Muscatel Sage, Sauge Sclarée, Horminum, Gallitricum.

My husband and I were going through some photos and I was amused at how many I had of Clary Sage. Turns out this attractive plant, of all my medicinal plants, was one my husband loved to see grow. As a result we have many photos.

So in honor of all the pictures I chose
Clary Sage as the herb of the week.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) is a biennial, meaning it blooms every other year. The name clary comes from the latin clarus meaning clear. A decoction of the seed is mucilaginous and was traditionally used as an eye wash (to clear the eyes.) In the 16th century the seed was infused with elder flowers and the liquid was added to Rhine wine which turned them to muscatel making the wine more potent.

To Grow
The seeds of Clary Sage must be scarified in order to germinate. It is a great herb to winter sow. But if you don’t have the time, freeze the seeds for 3 to 5 days in a zip lock bag before planting. They need total darkness to germinate so sow the seed at least 1/2 inch deep in dark soil. If you want to direct sow, do so once the soil has reached 55 to 60 degrees.
This plant thrives only in full sun and a well-drained sandy soil. It struggled the first year I grew it because my soil was too dense, but once I worked in sand it was very happy. Do not use any fertilizer high in nitrogen, so a simple compost feeding will do if needed. And allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Space the plants 9 to 12 inches apart. My clary sage is blooming now, but it is not as happy as it could be because of the constant rain we seem to be having.
This is a zone 6 and higher plant, but I have been able to keep it through winters here in zone 5 with these winter preparations. Cut the tops after the first fall frost. It must be protected from harsh winter conditions, so a layer of hay or evergreens placed over it once the ground has frozen will protect it from harsh drying winds.
To Use
Clary Sage tastes much like garden sage with a pungent fragrance holding a hint of camphor. Unlike garden sage, however, it can easily over power foods and become bitter if used in large amounts. The large leaves (as big as 2 inches across and 6 to 9 inches long) grow off a central stalk that bends with the weight of the flowers. It grows to a height of 3 feet with a width of 1 foot. The flowers are lilac or pale blue, pink or white, in whorls on top of the stems. The leaves are broad oval or heart-shaped, in pairs, covered with fine silver-white hairs. It blooms from June to July.
For culinary purposes you can use the fresh and dried leaves in the same ways as garden sage. It is a great addition to breads and stuffing. The flowers are edible and can be used as garnish. A strong fragrance resembling a balsom makes it a great addition to sachets or potpourris. The essential oil is also used as a fixative in perfumes and as a scent for lotions and detergents.

Clary sometimes replaced hops in beer to produce an enhanced state of intoxication and exhilaration, although this reportedly was often followed by a severe headache. It was considered a 12th century aphrodisiac.


An astringent the steeped leaves can be gargled, douched and poured over skin wounds. An infusion of the leaves dried or fresh makes a stimulating bath additive. Taken internally it is combined with other herbs for kidney problems. The clary seeds form a thick mucilage when soaked for a few minutes and placed in the eye, helps to removed, small irritating particles. A tea of the leaves is also used as an eyewash. Clary can be used to reduce muscle spasms. It is used today mainly to treat digestive problems such as gas and indigestion. It is also regarded as a tonic, calming herb that helps relieve premenstrual problems. Because of its estrogen-stimulating action, clary sage is most effective when levels of this hormone are low. The plant can therefore be a valuable remedy for complaints associated with menopause, particularly hot flashes.
The professionally extracted essential oil of Clary Sage is used in many medicinal situations, especially those to improve circulation and respiration, as well as relieve the effects of grief. According to Susun Weed, “this is the essential oil chosen for treating nervousness, weakness, fear, paranoia, and depression. Clary feeds the soul and helps one get through rough times. It is recommended when pressures and stress come from outside.” Wonderful for people in mid-life crisis, Clary also encourages vivid dreams or at least enhances dream recall.
NOTE: rather than update or change this post we decided to answer several questions and provide a few new recipes for Clary sage with a new Mini Herb of the week post.
Sources: WebMD; Susun Weed (articles and books); Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Herbs; The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance by Thomas DiBaggio and Arthur O Tucker as well as 20 years of personal experience with the plant
Clary Sage Pork Roast
2 1/2 to 3 pound pork roast or tenderloin
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried clary sage
1 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
2 fresh leaves of basil
1 apple, cored and cut into quarters
Salt and pepper
Place roast in crock-pot. Cover just to top with water. Add thyme, sage, rosemary, bay leaf, basil and apple. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on medium for 5 to 6 hours. (Add potatoes to your crock pot with roast in the last 2 hours for delicious boiled potatoes!)
Susun Weed’s Clary Love Potion
Equal parts of dried lavender, bachelor’s buttons and clary sage
a pinch of valerian
a sassafras leaf
Blend together and place in a small sachet and wear inside the clothing to attract a man.
Anti-Sorrow Aromotherpy Blend
4 oz sweet almond oil
10 drops marjoram essential oil
5 drops clary sage essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
1 drop lemon balm essential oil
Combine ingredients the ingredients and shake well. Place the oil on an evaporator and use on a cotton ball.Salvia sclarea – Clary Sage, also called clarry, orvale, toute-bonne, clear eye.

The large leaves of the Clary Sage grow off a central stalk that bends with the weight of the flowers. It grows to a height of 3 feet with a width of 1 foot. The flowers are lilac or pale blue, pink or white, in whorls on top of the stems, with the upper lip curled up. The leaves are broad oval or heart-shaped, in pairs, 6-9 inches long, covered with fine silver-white hairs, almost stalkless. It blooms from June to July.
The Romans called it sclarea, from claurus, or “clear,” because they used it as an eyewash. German merchants added clary and elder flowers to Rhine wine to make it imitate a good Muscatel and still call the herb Muskateller Salbei and the English know it as Muscatel Sage. Clary sometimes replaced hops in beer to produce an enhanced state of intoxication and exhilaration, although this reportedly was often followed by a severe headache. It was considered a 12 th-century aphrodisiac. It has been used as an anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericidal.
Clary is used to reduce muscle spasms and combined with other herbs has been used for kidney problems. It is also regarded as a calming herb that helps relieve premenstrual problems. Because of its estrogen-stimulating action, clary sage is most effective when levels of this hormone are low. This makes the plant a valuable remedy for complaints associated with menopause, particularly hot flashes. It is used today mainly to treat digestive problems such as gas and indigestion. Other uses for Clary Sage include treatment of acne, boils, dandruff, hair loss, inflamed conditions, oily skin and hair, opthalmia, ulcers, wrinkles.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use clary sage oil while drinking alcohol, it can induce a narcotic effect and exaggerate drunkenness.
Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the flowering tops and leaves. Salvia sclarea is used as a fragrance and fixative in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes. It blends well with bergamot, cardomom, cedarwood, coriander, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, labdanum, lavender, pine, and sandalwood. The oil is also used extensively by the food and drink industry, especially in the production of wines with a muscatel flavor.
Clary is a popular herb in the Neopagan community, being a prominent ingredient in love spells and dream devination. It is claimed to produce vivid dreams and enhance dream recall.
The young tops of Clary are used in soups and as pot herbs. It gives a new lift to omelets, and was used to flavor jellies. The leaves were chopped into salads and fried as fritters.

Germination is in 12-15 days. Space 2-3 feet apart. Soil temperature 70F. Soil should be well drained. Moist is preferred ,but it tolerates dry conditions and likes full sun. Seedlings started in spring will flower the following season. Plants self-sow.

Clary Sage Seed Oil (Vegan Omega 3)

Omega-3 from Clary Sage Seed Oil A Unique, Highly Beneficial Source of Omega-3

The history of Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) seed oil as a new and unique source of omega-3 dates back almost two decades ago. It began as a broad research project at the world-renowned ARO (Agricultural Research Organization), Volcani Center — the main administrative body in charge of agricultural research in Israel. A team of researchers and experts in the field, led by Dr. Nativ Dudai, who specializes in the study of Israeli floras and the introduction of new crops to the region, decided to research and map a new source of omega-3 from the gene pool of the ARO’s various plant species, in a quest to find a superior source of plant-based omega-3 compared to the existing sources that were known at the time. After a year of intensive research and elimination of various species, the researchers decided to focus on the various species of the sage plant common to Israel. The initial mapping showed over 2,400 varieties of sage with different morphologies. Dr. Dudai’s team began examining these varieties of sage, some on the verge of extinction. The researchers focused their study on the plant’s leaves and, in particular, the seeds.

One of the varieties investigated (and on the verge of extinction) was Salvia Sclarea, commonly known as Clary Sage.

Upon examination of the Clary Sage seeds, the team was surprised to find a concentration of over 50% of omega-3 in the oil produced from the seeds. This is one of the highest and rarest concentrations of omega-3 ever found in nature.

In the last few decades, the scientific community has recognized omega-3 as an essential fatty acid, and that very few foods contain omega-3 in such concentrated levels. The team was extremely satisfied with their find, especially due to the fact that this is a 100% plant-based source of omega-3. In light of this finding, Dr. Dudai’s team decided to focus further on the Salvia Sclarea. They discovered that the omega-3 found in the oil was of an extremely stable nature, thanks to many natural antioxidants present in the composition of the oil. One of the main problems with omega-3 from other sources is the fact that it oxidizes easily and within a short time — a characteristic that significantly decreases its potential health and functional benefits. In trying to explain this occurrence, the team of researchers deepened their study to find over 100 active agents in the oil’s composition. Many of these agents were known as rare and very efficient stabilizers and antioxidants. One of these is Sclareol — a very potent, valuable antioxidant known according to medical literature to possess properties that help combat cancer cells.
The extensive presence of natural antioxidants in Clary Sage seed oil is the main reason behind its impressive stability — which also allowed this rare plant to grow in desert conditions. The antioxidants in the oil protect the omega-3 from damage and maintain its potency and efficacy. Such an impressive concentration of “protecting” antioxidants has not been found in other sources of omega-3.

The findings were not limited to concentration and stability. The team also discovered that this seed oil contained other highly beneficial substances, like sterols and oil soluble co-enzyme Q10. The Clary Sage seed oil was also found to be free of dioxins and allergens, not to mention other harmful ingredients such as PCB and heavy metals, which are known to be present in certain other sources of omega-3. The cultivation protocols which were devised and used by the research team also ensured that the crops were 100% vegan, natural and non-GMO. As a result, the oil is considered safe for consumption by all age groups, including children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

The team utilized a cold press process to extract the oil from the seeds. This ensured that the benefits of the oil remained unharmed during the extraction process, and also eliminated the need for chemical processing or the use of additives that are used when extracting omega-3 oil from certain other sources currently on the market. In addition to the health benefits of this process, it also provides oil that has no odor and a pleasant, delicate taste.
Clary Sage seed oil is being used today both in functional foods to enrich them with omega-3 and other functional benefits, and in nutritional supplements. As a nutritional supplement, the Clary Sage seed oil is sold in 1000mg softgel capsules, packed in medical-grade blister packs for maximum protection and preservation until consumption. Due to the Clary Sage seed oil’s high omega-3 content, each Nature’s Way Omega 3 Supplement softgel capsule contains at least 500mg of omega-3 fatty acid, along with a host of other beneficial ingredients, as previously mentioned.

Nature’s Way Omega 3 Supplement

This unique source of omega-3 has already undergone various clinical and pre-clinical studies to document and validate its benefits, with additional trials and research planned in the near future. Clary Sage seed oil is the only source of omega-3 on the market that has a patent as a source of omega-3..

18 Amazing Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

The health benefits of clary sage essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, and a uterine substance.

What is Clary Sage Essential Oil?

Clary sage essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the buds and leaves of the clary sage plant whose scientific name is Salvia sclarea. It is an herb, believed to be a native of Europe, which has been highly praised as a medicinal plant throughout history, particularly owing to its numerous benefits that improve vision health. It is a close relative of common garden sage but has a slightly different makeup. Furthermore, you may be familiar with it as “muscatel oil”, a common name given to clary sage essential oil due to its traditional use of flavoring muscatel wine.

The chief components of the clary sage essential oil are sclareol, alpha-terpineol, geraniol, linalyl acetate, linalool, caryophyllene, neryl acetate, and germacrene-D. As the name suggests, clary sage oil was and still is primarily used as a cleanser for the eyes. It is supposed to brighten eyes, improve vision, and protect its loss due to premature or normal aging.

Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

There are many health benefits that aren’t as well known, which are explained in much greater detail in the following section.

Fights Depression

Clary sage oil can boost self-esteem, confidence, hope, and mental strength, thereby efficiently fighting depression. This can be very helpful for forms of depression due to failure in career or personal life, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, the death of a friend or loved one, and many other reasons. Clary sage oil also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, it can be systematically administered to patients suffering from acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation. You can use it a diffuser for relieving all your stress or you could add 2-3 drops of this oil and draw an amazing bath.

Reduces Convulsions

It calms down and reduces convulsions, whether they are epileptic or arise due to some other nervous disorder or mental condition. Clary sage essential oil brings peace of mind and acts as a sedative for tense nerves.

Relieves Spasms

Clary sage oil is useful in the treatment of spasms and related ailments such as muscle cramps, spasmodic cough, stomachache, headache, and spasmodic cholera. It relaxes the nerve impulses and doesn’t allow uncontrollable spasms to occur.

Prevents Bacterial Infections

This type of essential oil kills bacteria and fungi, curbs the growth and spread of bacterial infections, and also protects against new infections. Studies show that clary sage essential oil is particularly beneficial in curing bacterial infections affecting the colon, intestines, urinary tract, and the excretory system. It is equally effective in inhibiting the bacteria from entering our body through water or food.

Prevents Infections

Wounds will not become septic, nor will they be infected with tetanus germs if clary sage oil is topically applied to them. Its antiseptic qualities can protect the body during surgical recovery and in all types of wounds that are typically hot spots for infections.

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Stimulates Sexual Desires

This is one of the most well-known properties of clary sage oil. It is an aphrodisiac, a substance or stimulus that boosts libido and facilitates sexual desire. It is very effective in treating frigidity, psychological problems resulting in loss of libido, and even impotency. Studies have shown it to be equally effective for both, males and females. It affects the hormones and increases testosterone levels, which can increase performance and interest in sexual activities.

Rich in Antioxidants

If you think that your gums are weakening their hold on your teeth, sooner or later, they will start falling out. Speak to a dentist, but it is never a bad idea to use clary sage oil because it has astringent properties. It not only strengthens your gums but also strengthens and tones the skin, muscles, and hair follicles, preventing hair loss and making you look and feel younger. It functions as an antioxidant in this way by tightening up the skin that might be sagging due to the activity of free radicals present in the body.

Skin Care

More specifically, there is an ester present in clary sage essential oil called linalyl acetate, which reduces skin inflammation and heals rashes. Furthermore, it balances and regulates the production of natural oils in the skin, reducing both oily and dry skin and making your skin look young and beautiful. It is recommended to be used directly or mixed with a carrier agent like almond oil to facilitate maximum absorption and effect.

Reduces Flatulence

Clary sage oil, owing to its carminative properties, can eliminate gas as quickly as a needle pops a balloon! It will eliminate excess gas in your body through flatulence, which will reduce the sensation of being bloated. You might find it funny, but gas can actually be fatal when it pushes upwards and hits the delicate organs inside your chest cavity, so a downward movement is always the safest way to expel them. This essential oil also inhibits the formation of gas in the first place.

Regulates Menstruation

If you are having troubles with irregular, obstructed or painful menses, you can try clary sage oil before you spend a fortune on specialized treatment from a gynecologist. There is no need to worry since it has no adverse side effects. It simply stimulates the opening of obstructed menses and makes them regular, while easing the pain. It cures dizziness and mental irritation during menses in cases of the post-menopause syndrome. Furthermore, it can help reduce the symptoms and negative effects associated with menstruation like cramping, bloating, mood swings, and cravings for food, by balancing the hormones that run rampant during this time for women.

Relieves Depression

Clary sage oil can induce a feeling of immense joy, confidence, pleasure, and high spirits and fill you with the desire to live your life to the fullest. This is why it is frequently used to cure depression, chronic stress, and anxiety.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Clary sage oil is very effective in reducing blood pressure by relaxing the veins and arteries, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and brain hemorrhage. By reducing blood pressure, it widens the blood vessels and allows for increased circulation, resulting in increased oxygenation to the muscles and organ system, boosting your overall metabolic performance.

Acts as a Nervine

Clary sage essential oil is good for your nerves. It sedates nervous convulsions and other disorders such as nervousness, vertigo, anxiety, and hysteria.

Lowers Inflammation

Do you need to calm down? Do you want to concentrate? Or do you simply want to relax and have a good night’s sleep? Clary sage oil can help you with all of these. It reduces inflammations and has an undeniably calming effect. People suffering from chronic stress or anxiety disorders find great comfort by using clary sage essential oil.

Reduces Stomach Disorders

This oil also maintains the health of the stomach and regulates the secretion of digestive juices. In this way, it prevents stomach disorders and helps stimulate efficient absorption of nutrients, digestion of food, and regulation of bowel movements. It also helps in the healing of ulcers. By regulating bowel movements, it can also protect the integrity of your colon and reduce the chances of gastrointestinal conditions.

Eliminates Bad Odor

Buying synthetic deodorants is not only expensive but they also negatively impact the environment. Their pleasant smell only lasts for a short time. Moreover, sometimes they produce skin irritation and allergies. Clary sage oil can be a far better choice as a deodorant because, in diluted form, it serves as an efficient deodorant without any side effects. It is natural, so it doesn’t impact the environment, and its effects last for a longer time.

Promotes Digestion

Clary sage essential oil promotes digestion and relieves symptoms of indigestion. It boosts the secretion of gastric juices and bile, thereby speeding up digestion and easing the process, which relieves cramping, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.

Improves Uterus Health

Clary sage oil helps to maintain the good health of the uterus. It prevents some of the most common uterine problems that women have after menopause, including uterine tumors, bleeding, and pain. Furthermore, it regulates hormones like estrogen and ensures the long-term health of the uterus.

Other Benefits

Clary sage essential oil can be used to battle addiction (particularly drugs) and can stimulate a change in mentality towards a positive way of approaching life. Furthermore, it is anti-inflammatory in nature and can treat backaches and joint pain. In terms of skincare, it helps regulate excess sebum production and prevents acne from forming. It also eases labor and reduces labor pain.

Word of Caution: It can enhance the intoxicating effects of alcohol and other narcotics since it is a relaxant and sedative by nature. Heavy dosage can also cause headaches. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid using it since there has not been enough research done on the transference of effects through breast milk to children.

Blending: Clary sage oil blends very well with oils of Lemon, Lime, Orange, and other citrus fruits as well as Lavender, Pine, Juniper, Geranium, Sandal Wood, Jasmine, and Frankincense oil.

4 Incredible Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

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Sage bundles are popular these days, but are these dried herb bundles little more than a convincing gimmick, or do they offer real advantages for your health? I’ll talk about the details behind sage’s purported health benefits in this article so you can make up your own mind whether you want to it.

White sage is known botanically as Salvia apiana or S. apiana and can be purchased in a bundle, as a liquid extract dietary supplement, or a tea. This plant has impressive medicinal properties and is used in many wellness rituals.

White Sage is just like every other herbal remedy you’ve heard of. You can consume herbs as a dietary supplement (think ginger, echinacea or dandelion)… you can drink tea from the plant (think chamomile or coffee), or you can apply an herb as a compress (think of calendula). You can distill plants and inhale their essential oils, think of lavender or peppermint. It’s all medicine! I’m just giving you a new way to extract the medicine from a plant, by burning it, and this practice is referred to as smudging.

I think some people mistakenly assume you can get high off sage, but you can’t.

I also want to emphasize that white sage is a medicinal herb that could help everyone, and it’s not just for new agers, and its benefits were put on Earth for all to utilize. Sage comes in many varieties. You may have heard of Clary Sage or it’s respective essential oil. White sage is often compared to clary sage (Salvia sclarea). While both of these sage plants come from the same evergreen family of shrubs, they have different medicinal actions on the body. If you were to extract both of their oils (and these are commercially available), both sage varieties happen to have a pale yellow-green color, but white sage has a strong earthy scent, while clary sage has a sweeter more pleasant aroma (this is my opinion).

While there are numerous types of sage in the world today, the most popular by far is white sage (S. apiana). This evergreen shrub is found throughout the world, but especially in California and the western United States. White sage has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb due to it’s cleansing, purifying, and protective plant compounds. For this reason, sage has long been essential for ceremonies to seek blessings and prosperity, or to ward off negativity and is widely used in modern homes for people of all religions and ancestries. It’s just a dried plant, that when burned, it gives off an aroma that many people find pleasing, but some do not. It’s on the stronger side, not soft or flowery.

Let’s look at the health benefits so we know why millions of people are purchasing sage and burning it in their homes and as part of their wellness rituals. Here are 11 benefits just off the top of my head:

11 Benefits of White Sage
This medicinal plant has impressive properties for your health, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.

1. Treats Sinus Infections
You can inhale the aroma given off a burning white sage bundle for a few minutes, or you can drink it as a tea. However you do it, it’s the compound called “eucalyptol” also known as 1,8-cineole that when inhaled, reduces painful sinus inflammation. It may kill the associated pathogens too! That’s pretty amazing considering the side effects of prescribed antibiotics and antihistamines.

Inflammation of your sinuses happens when you suffer with bacterial, fungal, or viral contamination that leads to infections most of the time. Again, it’s the 1,8-Cineole (which you get from white sage or eucalyptus herb), that controls the swelling to some degree. It even kills the bacteria that triggers the infection in the first place according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

According to a 2009 STUDY published in Laryngoscope, this “cineole” compound is an effective and relatively safe option for treatment of sinusitis that doesn’t include antibiotics. Part of the beauty of this compound is that it can clear mucus and act as a very mild cough suppressant. So in summary, burning white sage, or drinking white sage tea contains cineole (the same compound found in eucalyptus) and this can help dry you up, and help you breathe. That’s pretty amazing considering the side effects of prescribed antibiotics and antihistamines.

2. Soothes Digestive Distress
A cold cup of white sage tea can relieve indigestion. Since it has mild diuretic effects, it could be used for mild hypertension. Ask your doctor if it’s right for you before doing this, and watch out if you’re combining it with medications for this purpose. Two to three cups a day would have an impact, but much more beyond that and you might start to dehydrate yourself. It’s a very individual matter.

3. Calms a Sore Throat
Sage leaf tea is a proven strategy for alleviating a sore throat, at least according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Guide. Sage tea as you know will reduce mucous secretions of the sinuses, throat, and lungs. According to the plant guide mentioned above, “The lukewarm tea is sufficiently bacteriostatic and astringent to make it useful for treating nearly all sore throats, first gargled and then drunk.”

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4. Relieves Menstrual Pain
White sage tea might provide relief from menstrual period cramps. There’s also evidence that it can alleviate the symptoms of menopause like sweating, hot flashes, and estrogen imbalances. This is because the tea contains phytoestrogens, which are biochemicals that mimic estrogen’s effects in the human body, but safely. The fact that it has this drying effect on mucous membranes, means it could help women to reduce lactation during the weaning process, and also heavy menses.

5. Provides Cleansing Energy
Sage is kind of like an eraser, it will help remove the day’s burdens and ease emotional suffering. It may help with mild anxiety or depression. Smudging is the quickest way because when you inhale, the compounds go straight to your bloodstream and brain. Just FYI, the practice of burning herbs (aka smudging) is a non-religious one. You’re just burning plant leaves rather than swallowing the supplement. If you’d like, you can certainly pray while you burn the medicine.

If you are naturally sensitive to the energy put out by those around you, sage might lessen the impact of overwhelming or depleting people.
Likewise, you don’t have to burn the sage, like any herb, you can take them as a supplement, you can drink tea from the same plant, or you can apply them as a compress. You can distill them and inhale the essential oil. It’s all medicine. I’m just giving you a new way to extract the medicine from a plant – burning it, or as it’s sometimes called “smudging.” It is still giving you the medicine from that plant. The spiritual and purification rituals performed by Native Americans often included the burning of sage, as well as many other plants.

Again, you can burn a plant and that is still medicine, it’s just not overly priced and handed to you by a doctor. It’s a different type of medicine, one that was relied on for eons and centuries, as opposed to decades of synthesized medicines. So I want you to open your mind and think about this. People today still burn tobacco, or cedar, and/or sage plants (when the herb is dried). This has been done for ceremonial purposes or to reduce your risk of infections, which leads me to my next benefit.

6. Cleans the Air
Sage is kind of like an eraser, it will help remove the day’s burdens and ease emotional suffering. It may help with mild anxiety or depression. Smudging is the quickest way because when you inhale, the compounds go straight to your bloodstream and brain. Just FYI, the practice of burning herbs (aka smudging) is a non-religious one. You’re just burning plant leaves rather than swallowing the supplement. If you’d like, you can certainly pray while you burn the medicine.

A 2007 STUDY found that burning sage for an hour reduced the levels of bacteria in the air by 94 percent, and this benefit lasted for 24 hours. That’s kind of amazing, but keep in mind (especially if you’re new to burning sage) that there is an aroma that comes off the plant, and after a few hours or a day it will be gone.
If you work in nursing homes, clinics or hospitals, you might want to go home and smudge yourself to help deter infection from pathogens that hitched a ride on your clothes. If you don’t want to burn it, drinking sage tea is an option. If you would like to learn more about smudging, to read my other article, How to Smudge with White Sage.

7. Improves Sleep Quality
RESEARCH shows that burning sage in your bedroom for a few minutes before sleep might help you sleep better at night. The plant contains compounds that ease insomnia, improve sleep quality, and soothe anxiety.

8. Increases Cognitive Abilities
Beyond relieving negative energy and improving your mood, some RESEARCH shows that inhaling the scent of white sage can improve your alertness and even enhance cognition. White sage, also known botanically as S. apiana contains a lot of incredible medicinal compounds. These healing compounds can be classified into two bigger umbrella categories called flavonoids (cirsimaritin and salvigenin) and triterpenes (oleanolic acid, uyaol and ursolic acid). Taken together these can impact the way you think for various reasons.

9. Helps Boost Energy Levels
Ridding your body and surrounding spaces of bad energy can help you welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energy instead. In a way, the plant can have an energizing effect and perhaps even fight off feelings of fatigue. It might be worth a try if nothing else has helped. If you opt for this, make sure that your sage bundle doesn’t have any lavender which is sedating. (Some bundles sold commercially combine the two herbs and it’s very nice, but it will make a tired person even more sleepy).

10. Ceremonial purposes
Burning sage has long been a used as a way to connect with the spiritual realm. Cultures across the planet have relied on it to achieve a state of mental healing or to solve spiritual dilemmas, and there’s some scientific evidence to back this up. Certain types of plants have psychoactive compounds, as you know marijuana is one of the main ones. Another one you may recognize is opium, ephedra and yet another psilocybin. But white sage actually contains “thujone” which is an interesting mild psychoactive compound (found in many plants) and it’s connected to spiritual rituals. You can read more about this practice HERE.

White sage has impressive benefits for treating anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Here’s some EVIDENCE in case you are interested in reading how this plant can activate receptors in the brain, the GABA ones that are responsible for improving mood and reducing stress. If you’d like to smudge yourself, or your home, to read my other article about tea and smudging.

11. Treats Wounds and Hyperhidrosis
White sage tea has antibiotic and antihistamine-like effects that make it ideal for healing wounds and rashes (when cooled down, of course). So you’d make the tea like normal, chill it so it’s cool and apply with a compress. Compounds like eucalyptol and tannic acid can also treat fungal conditions like athlete’s foot and prevent it from occurring. Likewise, the tea seems to be beneficial for alleviating problems like excessive sweating, termed hyperhidrosis.

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What Do You Know About Witchcraft?

WITCHCRAFT! What does that word bring to your mind?

To many, it is the stuff of superstition and fantasy, not to be taken seriously. To them, witchcraft lives only in the realm of the imagination—old hags dressed in hooded cloaks who add bats’ wings to a bubbling caldron, turn people into frogs, and soar through the night sky on broomsticks as they cackle maliciously.

To others, witchcraft is no laughing matter. Some investigators say that more than half the world’s population believe that witches are real and can influence the lives of others. Millions believe that witchcraft is evil, dangerous, and to be greatly feared. For example, a book about African religion states: “Belief in the function and dangers of bad magic, sorcery and witchcraft is deeply rooted in African life . . . Witches and sorcerers are the most hated people in their community. Even to this day there are places and occasions when they are beaten to death by the rest of the people.”

In Western lands, however, witchcraft has donned a new mask of respectability. Books, television, and movies have done much to reduce the fear of witchcraft. Observes entertainment analyst David Davis: “Suddenly, witches are younger and cuter, definitely cuter. Hollywood is good at picking up on trends. . . . By making the witches cuter and more huggable, they can appeal to a larger audience, including women and younger kids.” Hollywood knows how to turn any trend into a paying proposition.

Some say that witchcraft has become one of the fastest growing spiritual movements in the United States. Throughout the developed world, an increasing number of people, inspired by feminist movements and disenchanted with mainstream religions, seek spiritual fulfillment in various forms of witchcraft. In fact, so numerous are the forms of witchcraft that people disagree even on the meaning of the word “witch.” However, professed witches often identify with Wicca—defined in one dictionary as “a pagan nature religion having its roots in pre-Christian western Europe and undergoing a 20th-century revival.”* Consequently, many also refer to themselves as pagans or neopagans.

Throughout history, witches have been hated, persecuted, tortured, even slain. Little wonder that modern practitioners of witchcraft are eager to improve their image. In one survey, dozens of witches were asked what message they most wanted to express to the public. Their answer, summarized by researcher Margot Adler, was: “We are not evil. We do not worship the Devil. We don’t harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult. We are not weird. . . . You don’t have to be afraid of us. . . . We are much more similar to you than you think.”

Increasingly, that message has been accepted. But does this mean that there is no reason to be concerned about the practice of witchcraft? Let us consider that question in the following article.

* The English word “witchcraft” comes from the Old English “wicce” and “wicca,” referring to female and male practitioners respectively.

Garden sage or clary sage? Which should I use?

Garden sage is used to treat sore throat and other common health problems.

Sage is used in the treatment of sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, gum disease, laryngitis, coughs, measles, headache, bruises, and menopausal problems. It is astringent and antiseptic. Sage also relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, reduces perspiration, and reduces salivation. It is a uterine stimulant, promotes bile flow, and stimulates the circulatory system. Common sage root is sometimes combined with the leaves for extra strength.

Honey and sage work good together.

Common sage is often extracted in to honey. It tastes great, but more importantly, it makes a wonderful healing remedy for sore throat due to colds and flu. Just chop sage, add to honey, put on tight lid, let sit in the warm sun for a day or two, then store in refrigerator until needed. Take a spoonful to relieve sore throat pain every hour or two. Add thyme at the same time you add the sage for extra strength.

Directions for making sage tonic:

As an home remedy, common sage is used in herbal teas, tonics, and gargles. Combine a handful of sage leaves, two cups of boiling water, two tablespoons of malt vinegar, and one teaspoon of honey. Steep the ingredients for thirty minutes and then strain. Take a teaspoon three or four times a day for sore throat or use as a gargle. This herbal tonic is also good for gum disease and mouth sores.

Use sage as an herbal hair rinse.

Common sage is also used on the scalp and hair where it conditions and restores shine. Sage helps stop dandruff and relieves dry, itchy scalp. Use as an herbal rinse after shampooing. Combine with rosemary for best results.

Sage increases memory function.

Common sage is associated with longevity and increased memory. It is often used as an herbal remedy for forgetfulness and confusion in the elderly. Use in tea with honey and lemon.

Use sage in compresses to relieve bruising.

Sage can be used in herbal compresses to relieve bruising. Apply to injured area several times a day. Add a little vinegar for best results. Sage may also be used on wounds to prevent bacterial infection.

Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar’s Garden Wisdom

Rosemary discusses the healing properties and uses for common sage in the following video:

Common sage is also useful as an insect repellant.

Make a strong tea and put in a spray bottle. Apply liberally and often when in mosquito infested areas. For extra strength, add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Sage essential oil can also be added to mixture.

Use sage to purify and heal.

The Latin name for sage, salvia, means “to heal”. Native Americans use sage, which is native to North America, in smudge sticks to purify and cleanse their environments. Smudge sticks are bundles of dried herbs which are burned much like incense. One end of a smudge stick is lit and then blown out, so that it produces a good amount of smoke. For best results, add sprigs of lavender, sweet grass, or cedar.

Smudging your environment with sage

You can use most types of sage for purification. See following video to learn about cleansing your environment of negative energies with white sage (salvia apiana):

Sage is a hardy perennial.

Common sage is a hardy perennial that grows up to three feet tall. The plant has woody stems, grayish colored leaves, and small purple flowers. There are many varieties to choose from including dwarf, golden, pineapple, and variegated. Sage plants need full sun and grow best in poor, well drained soil. Propagate by seeds, stem cuttings, or layering. Harvest in the summer and dry for winter use.


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Clary sage is an aid to meditation. It is relaxing and uplifts the spirit.

Use clary sage in aromatherapy.

Clary sage essential oil is useful in aromatherapy and as an aid to meditation. It brings about a feeling of well being and satisfaction. Clary sage is a feel-good essential oil that is well suited for treating PMS and menopausal symptoms. Use clary sage essential oil for scarce periods, nervous fatigue, varicose veins, painful periods, anxiety, stress, inflammation, labor pains, mature skin, and postnatal depression.

Intoxicating properties

Clary sage is known to have intoxicating properties and is sometimes used in the production of wine and vermouth. It is also a key ingredient in Eau de Cologne. Clary sage essential oil is used in many herbal products especially facial cleansers.

Clary sage essential oil brings relaxation.

Clary sage relaxes the nerves and soothes anxiety. It is astringent and produces a cooling effect when diluted and used on the skin. Clary sage essential oil reduces fevers, relieves bloating, stimulates digestion, lowers blood pressure, uplifts the spirit, and is excellent for the female system.

Clary sage is balancing, euphoric, sedative, and an aphrodisiac.

Used before bed time, clary sage may bring about vivid dreams and encourages recollection upon awakening. Clary sage is often used in the treatment of backaches, muscle stiffness, cramps, sinus problems, sore throat, respiratory infections, and as a uterine tonic.

Use clary sage in eye compresses.

To soothe the eyes, soak a clean cotton cloth in a mixture of warm water and a few drops of clary sage essential oil. Relax and place the compress over both eyes for ten minutes. Do not get oil in your eyes.

Clary sage is good for hair and skin.

Clary sage has regenerative properties and may encourage hair growth. Clary sage helps limit sebum production and is often added to herbal treatments for dandruff and oily skin. Clary sage should not be used during pregnancy, but may be helpful once labor is well advanced.

Clary sage should not be confused with common garden sage.

Other types of sage include common sage and purple sage. Oils made from these varieties of sage are sometimes considered toxic and should be used with extreme care.

Another type of sage is known as Spanish sage. Spanish sage (salvia lavendulaefolia) essential oil is considered a cure-all in Spain. It is used to treat everything from headache to digestive complaints. Spanish sage essential oil is good for fighting skin infections, stress, gum infections, hair loss, and fluid retention. It is cleansing and detoxifying. Spanish sage essential oil is extracted from a shrubby evergreen that loves hot weather.

Use sage essential oil to purify the air.

All three sage essential oils are very powerful substances and can cleanse and purify the air in sick rooms. Visit Wikipedia to view photos of the clary sage plant.

* Common sage, also known as culinary sage or garden sage, may increase the sedative effect of prescription and over-the-counter drugs when used in therapeutic amounts. Avoid large doses in pregnancy as it may cause miscarriage. Common sage has been known to trigger epileptic seizures. Do not use common sage in therapeutic amounts if you are hypoglycemic or undergoing anticonvulsant therapy. Always dilute all sage essential oils before using in the mouth or on the body! Use sage oils in moderation and no more than for two weeks at a time. Do not use sage oil when pregnant, on babies, or in cases of hypertension or epilepsy. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil and test on small area of skin before use. Some sage (salvia divinorum), also known as diviner’s sage or purple sage, is hallucinogenic and should only be used with extreme caution in controlled environments such as religious ceremonies. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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