Are you wanting to learn more about clary sage essential oil? Are you looking for some great clary sage essential oil uses and benefits? Let’s look at what makes clary sage a beneficial oil to keep on hand!

Clary Sage Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Clary Sage Essential Oil!

Clary Sage is an oil that has an old history and lots of awesome benefits!

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the clary sage that I use.

It is Salvia sclarea.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is clary sage and where does it come from?

Clary sage is a flowering plant with pinky purple flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Northern Africa and Central Asia.

The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves, stems and blossoms.

What does clary sage smell like?

Clary sage has an earthy, sweet scent.

Essential Oil History

Descriptions of medicinal uses of clary sage date back to the 1st century, making it a plant that has been used by many!

Clary Sage Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, scent and history let’s delve right into what clary sage is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Clary Sage Essential Oil Benefits

There are many listed benefits of clary sage!

According to Be Young Total Health’s Total Health Desk Reference, clary sage’s traditional and alternative uses include: female hormone function, indigestion, menstruation, removing splinters, and so much more!

Diffusing Clary Sage

Clary sage is a wonderful choice for diffusing. Clary sage is excellent to diffuse to help calm nerves and relax.

100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends!

I include clary sage in many of my diffuser recipes that can be found in the 100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends eBook such as Don’t Be Anxious and Women’s Hormonal Blend. The eBook also includes many recipes for cleaning, children, pets, home, etc. that contain clary sage and other oils as well. Recipes such as The Blend of Change. Adding a few drops of clary sage oil to your diffuser blend can be so beneficial!

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, clary sage is also good for hormone balance, PMS, menopause, emotional confusion, indecision, nerve pain, and muscle spasms, just to name a few.

Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, in his book The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, lists clary sage, among other oils, as being a relaxing and nurturing, non-irritant essential oil to add to the shower. You can find even more amazing essential oil qualities in his book. It is definitely a must read for the EO enthusiast.

Also in Dr. Schnaubelt’s book Advanced Aromatherapy, he says that “Clary sage impresses with it’s aroma. When applied to the wrists or temples, it is relaxing in a gentle, effective manner.” He also says that “clary sage has an estrogen-like quality and is used to ease premenstrual syndrome.”

Another great essential oil source is Valerie Ann Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. In this book Valerie lists clary sage’s aromatherapeutic home uses as being helpful for: nerves, sore throat, aches and pains, and as a sedative.

I personally use clary sage in my Anxiety Relief Spray and my Anxiety Relief Roll-on. Both of these blends help to calm nerves, tension, rapid breathing and excessive sweating.

I also use clary sage in my Menstrual Cycle Balancer and Hot Flash Spray.


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use clary sage.

Clary sage seems to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding in small amounts, but it should be used with caution. Always consult your health care provider before using.

Clary sage seems to increase the effects of Choral Hydrate and Hexobarbitone. Use with caution and consult your health care provider if you are taking these or any other medication before using clary sage.


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality clary sage.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get clary sage, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my shop page Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

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I hope you enjoy clary sage as much as I do!

Also please come back after using clary sage and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about clary sage essential oil? Did you experience any results after using clary sage? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

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