Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Posted on Sunday 30 March 2008

Clary Sage is an important oil in aromatherapy, and it is one that blends particularly well with all of the citrus and herbal oils.

It is grown in many regions around the world with the French and Bulgarian oils being the most famous. The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering herb tops, and it is generally available.

There is a difference in odour depending on where the plant has been grown, and many people find that they have a strong preference for one or the other. Both oils have a sweet, herbaceous and tenacious top note with an almost tea-like balsamic background. The French oil is slightly softer and sweeter – a little more feminine while the Bulgarian oil has a stronger and nuttier aroma.

The actions of Clary Sage are based on its ability to help to relax and calm, however, it also has a euphoric nature, helping to uplift and energise the body, mind and spirit. The botanical name translates to “clear” and this is often inferred to helping clear blockages (both physical and emotional) and it is used to help inspire creativity – but take care as using it too close to bed-time may encourage overly creative dreams!

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