Clary Sage Benefits

Clary Sage
Latin Name

Salvia scleria


Native to Southern Europe

Parts Used

Flowering tops & leaves

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Clary sage essential oil is primarily a woman's botanical. It is excellent for balancing female hormones and of great use during menstruation. It is a uterine tonic and with an emmenagogue action, it can promote the healthy flow of blood during the monthly period. It is also used to treat menstrual cramps as it has anti-spasmodic and sedative properties. It is relaxing and can balance the mood at this time.

It is also used in the menopause to balance female hormones and support the process of change the body goes through at this time. It can alleviate hot flushes. In can act as a hormone re-balancer for all stages of a woman's life.
Clary sage is also used during labour, as it can bring relief to contractions and bring a sense of calm and support.

This botanical is also calming for the nervous system, it can be used to treat panic attacks, tension headaches, migraine and depression associated with hormone imbalance.

Clary sage is also an aphrodisiac and it can stimulate sexual energy, and be useful in the case of sexual dysfunction for women. It can help a woman to relax, treating frigidity and lack of sexual desire.

It is mentally and emotionally uplifting and euphoric. It is thought to be a master healer for women and has an overall nurturing, holding and supportive quality.

Clary sage essential oil is can be used in the bath for mood balancing, nurturing and muscle relaxing effects or vapourised in an oil burner to create an calming and supportive atmosphere. It can be added to a massage oil to use during the monthly cycle, and as a cream it can be applied directly to the belly and lower back for hormone balancing effects. See How to use Essential Oils

Top note

To balance female hormones: Clary sage, Geranium.

For labour: Clary sage, Jasmine.

As an aphrodisiac: Clarysage, Jasmine, Geranium, Mandarin, Cinnamon.

Goes well with: Juniper, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Citrus oils, Lemongrass

Musky, woody & sweet.

Typical Use

Clary sage essential oil can be used in the bath, or vapourised in an oil burner. It can be added to a massage oil or cream. Use 6-8 drops per bath and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil. See Essential Oil Dosage Chart.

Folklore and History

Clary sage has a history of traditional use dating back to ancient Greek medicine.

Clary Sage

Esters as linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate, neryl acetate, alcohols as linalool, sclareol, a-terpineol, a-bisabolol, sesquiterpenes as caryophyllene, germacrene, bourbonene, monoterpenes, oxides, acids, lactones, coumarins, ketones & aldehydes.


Do not use during pregnancy, or in the case of phyto-oestrogenic cancers. Do not use after the consumption of alcohol.