It may be pricey, but the benefits of clary sage oil are priceless! This sage is of a perennial herb that grows from May to September and is a close relative of the common garden sage. If converts into an essential oil that provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion and kidneys. It’s worth the extra dollars due to the many positive health effects it provides.
The name comes from the Latin word “clarus” which means, “clear.” During the Middle Ages clary sage oil was referred to as “clear eyes.” It has often been used to help with the improvement of vision and to address related conditions, such as tired or strained eyes. It has powerful sedative properties that can enhance the intoxicating and narcotic effects of alcohol and drugs.
There are many uses for clary sage oil such as it is added to soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes. You may be surprised to learn that it is the main component of Eau de Cologne, which is a simple perfume originated in Cologne, Germany. It can also calm the nervous system, especially during times of stress, depression and insomnia. You might also try clary sage oil for its anxiety-fighting effects.
Other known functions of clary sage oil are:
- Blood pressure regulator
- Hair treatment
- Skin health promoter
- Ingredient in herbal products
- Ingredient in liqueur and food products
Due to its ester, it can help relax muscular spasms and pains that might arise from stress and nervous tension. The oil from the plant may also provide:Help treating symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
- Helps to relax the bronchial tubes of asthma sufferers
- Works to support healthy digestion
- Reduces your risk of inflammation and certain types of dermatitis
- Assists in regulating blood pressure
- Helps treat respiratory ailments like colds, bronchitis and sore throat
- Helps address acne and oily skin
- Improves memory and helps stimulate mental activity
You can use the clary sage oil topically and inhaled. You may also ingest it as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies it as generally safe for human consumption (GRAS), and approves it as an additive for foods. Specific ways to enjoy clary sage oil benefits are to sooth eye problems, relieve anxiety and emotional tension by inhaling, use as a massage oil and rub on painful areas, adding a few drops to your bath water for pain and stress, and apply topically as a moisturizer on your skin.
Apply a small drop on your skin to observe any adverse reactions for 24 hours. Control your use of large quantities as they can cause headaches and drowsiness. Never, ever use the oil directly on your eyes and avoid ingesting or applying undiluted oils on your skin without supervision of a qualified aromatherapist.
Dr Fredda Branyon