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Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Oil

Botanical Name

Salvia sclarea

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves and Flowers/Buds

Color

Light Golden Yellow

Consistency

Thin to Medium

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description

Bright, earthy, herbaceous, with a subtle fruity note.

Clary Sage Oil Uses

Amenorrhea, asthma, coughing, dysmenorrhea, exhaustion, gas, labor pains, sore throat, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 62-67.]

Major Constituents

Linalyl acetate
Linalool
a-Terpineol
Germacrene D
B-Caryophyllene
Tisserand and Young indicate that Sclareol is present in the steam distilled oil (and much higher in the absolute).
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents and for constituent profile differences between Clary Sage Oils sourced from France and Russia.

[Private Communication: Fakhry, 2002. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 253.]

Safety Information

Tisserand, Young do not indicate any known hazards for steam distilled Clary Sage Oil but recommend a dermal maxiumum of 0.25% for Clary Sage Absolute. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 253.]

Numerous sources recommend avoiding Clary Sage Oil while drinking alcohol and while driving due to the oil's potential narcotic effect. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 213.]

Various sources state that the scalreol content contained within Clary Sage may induce an "estrogen-like action." For that reason, it would be wise for those with breast cancer, at high risk for breast cancer or that need to carefully regulate their estrogen levels avoid Clary Sage. Having said that, Aromatherapy Science by Maria Lis-Balchin states the following: "This essential oil is quoted widely in the aromatherapy literature as being oestrogenic, but clear scientific evidence has not been forthcoming. However, due to the spasmolytic effect on the uterus in vitro, caution should be used in pregnancy and parturition." [Maria Lis-Balchin, Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals (United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 169.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internallyand do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, haveliver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oilsonly under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Useextreme caution when using oils with children and give children onlythe gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualifiedaromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safetyissues, read Essential Oil Safety by RobertTisserand and Rodney Young.

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