Clary Sage Essential Oil

Latin name Salvia sclarea – Family species Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Clary Sage is also referred to as Clary, Clary Wort, Muscatel Sage, Clear Eye, See Bright, Common Clary, Clarry, and Eye Bright, but should NOT be confused with the garden sage (s. officinalis), Spanish sage (s. lavendulaefolia), Meadow Clary (s. pratensis), Vervain sage (s. verbenaca) or Eyebright (euphrasia).

“As a nerve tonic clary is very good for nervous, weak, fearful types, and may be used in convalescence. It is useful in all types of debility, whether physical, mental, nervous, or sexual. As a euphoric-tonic-sedative it is useful in nervous depression and ‘weakness of spirit’; it is usually effective in cases of the depression which often accompanies acute physical illness, such as influenza, and also in cases of post-natal depression.” -Robert B. Tisserand in The Art of Aromatherapy

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Colorless (clear) to pale yellow (yellow-green if leaves are used)
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Nutty, warm, sweet, spicy, light, musky, herby
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Herb
Parts Used – Flowering tops / leaves
Countries of Origin – France, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, United States, England, Morocco, Germany
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

linalyl acetate, linalol, germacrene, geranyl acetate, pinene, myrcene, phellandrene — (will vary some according to origin)

Applications and Uses

Clary sage is used in aromatherapy and can be found in perfumery, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products.

Clary Sage blends well with


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Precautions / Contraindications

Avoid drinking alcohol while using clary sage essential oil.
Also avoid driving.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

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