Aromatherapy for everyday living – Clary Sage Essential Oil

This is an on-going series of Aromatherapy for everyday living. Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy with the use of essential oils by a holistic health practitioner, such as an aromatherapist, massage therapist or esthetician, who uses essential oils on a client for the treatment of physical, emotional or spiritual disorders, illness, or disease.  You don’t need to be a holistic health care practitioner  to use aromatherapy or essential oils on yourself.   You only need to have the desire to use them as a self-healing modality, but you do need to exercise caution and understand how to use essential oils on yourself safely.  Please refer to the EO Education page for guidelines and methods of use. Aromatherapy, when used properly, is an effective and complimentary holistic healing therapy that can be incorporated into everyday living practices as a natural means of alleviating symptoms for health issues such as stress, insomnia, depression, muscular aches, pains, burns, cuts and bruises.

What Is Clary Sage?

Clary Sage (salvia sclarea) is a strong aromatic shrubby herb native to the Mediterranean, but is cultivated worldwide.  It is derived from the pink, blue or purple blossoms of the clary plant.  The scent of Clary Sage  is sweetly herbaceous and nutty.


The properties of Clary Sage include antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericidal, digestive, emmenogoge, hypotensive and sedative.

Therapeutic Index

Clary Sage is a powerful euphoric and antidepressant.  It can bring tranquility and balance the mind and emotions. Clary Sage is very useful in dealing with strong emotions and can calm anxiety and panic.  It eases mental and emotional constrictions to allow access to a more relaxed perspective.  It brings tranquility and balances the mind and emotions.  This oil also has a reputation to help promote deep sleep.

Female Issues:

Clary Sage is an excellent remedy for both pre-menstrual  and menopausal symptoms because it can help with physical pain such as menstrual cramps and deep muscle tension;  during menopause Clary Sage can help with night sweats and hot flashes.  Emotionally Clary Sage is a powerful remedy because it can really help with anxiety, panic and help to induce deep sleep.

The Dream Oil:

For those of you into dreams and dream journal-ling , Clary sage has a reputation as being the essential oil that can induce very dramatic, colorful and vivid dreams.  Caution!  Do not have any alcohol when using Clary Sage as it could produce nightmares instead of those pleasant dreams you were looking forward to.


Clary Sage also blends well with other essential oils such as orange, geranium or lavender and can be used in a body rub or for a relaxing soak in the bath.

Recipe / blend for bath or body rub

  • 6 drops clary sage
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 6 drops Lavender

For a relaxing bath –  mix the above recipe combination of essential oils and add to bath water and gently disperse this mixture into the bath water.  You can also add this recipe blend of essential oils to three tablespoons of  a base oil (canola, olive oil, sweet almond) or to a cup of whole milk and then mix this into the bath water.  Soak 10-20 minutes.

For a good body rub – add the above recipe blend of essential oils to one ounce of a base oil (canola, olive oil, sweet almond) to a pretty container and either have someone massage you (the best option) or you can use the self-application technique and rub on your feet or abdomen.  For any kind of PMS or menopausal symptoms, applying as a rub on the abdomen is an excellent method to quickly ease and reduce any uncomfortable symptoms.

Pulse point method – You can also place a few drops of the body rub blend on the pulse points of the wrist or temples.

Inhalation method – For immediate emotional relief, add 2-3 drops of Clary Sage by itself to a tissue.  Inhale deeply three or four times [in and out]


  1. Clary Sage is generally best used just before bedtime as it can cause drowsiness
  2. Clary Sage is not to be used in pregnancy
  3. Do not consume alcohol when using Clary Sage