Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is a flowering herb that’s native to the Mediterranean Basin. The essential oil that’s extracted from the leaves and buds of the plant has a clean, refreshing scent that you can use as a skin balm or gently inhale as part of an aromatherapy treatment.
What are the uses and benefits of clary sage essential oil?
- 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.
- 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. Clary sage oil helps heal severe dermatological infections caused by several strains of Staphylococcus bacteria and wounds caused by burns, diabetes, or surgical procedures. Diluted clary sage oil was found to be effective against several bacterial strains.
- Natural antidepressant
Clary sage has been tested on both animals and humans to determine its potential benefits as an antidepressant. Clary sage oil could be beneficial for depression by acting as an anti-stressor.
- 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.
- Reducing menstrual cramps
For women who experience painful menstruation and cramps, applying clary sage onto their lower abdomens daily, between menstrual cycles, can offer a significant reduction in menstrual cramps.