Clary sage essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the leaves, and buds of the clary plant. Clary sage essential oil is often called “muscatel oil” due to its traditional role in flavoring muscatel wine.
Clary Sage is derived from a Latin word meaning “clear”. Its scientific name is Salvia sclarea. It was originally grown in France, but now it’s found worldwide. The plant has numerous medicinal benefits.
Some active constituents in clary sage essential oil include; alpha-terpineol, sclareol, geraniol, caryophyllene, neryl acetate, linalyl acetate, Linalool, and germacrene-D
Among other things, clary sage oil can be used as a deodorant, an antidepressant, sedative, antiseptic and a bactericidal. To use it, you can either physically apply on body parts, inhale, mix with other oils or add to water in baths.
Below are various health benefits of clary sage oil;
1. Good For Menstrual Pain
The presence of phytoestrogens in clary sage oil helps lessen period pains. If experiencing menstrual cramps, one needs to rub a few drops of this oil around the abdomen area and wait for the pain to ease. Clary sage oil also helps in regulating menstruation. It also reduces mood swings as well as massive food cravings and bloating during menses.
2. Oral Health
The oil has astringent properties which help in toughening the gums. It is a recommended disinfectant for the mouth, and good for dental hygiene. It also prevents teeth loss.
3. For Depression
Clary Sage essential oil creates a feeling of good mood, happiness, and confidence. It uplifts one and increases one’s self-esteem. It is an effective anti-depressant and would come in handy for those who feel somewhat depressed. It’s therapeutic as it creates euphoria and boosts mental strength.
4. Supports Hormonal Balance
With the presence of natural phytoestrogens, clary sage oil helps the body regulate levels of estrogen, and takes care of the ovaries and uterus. Inhaling the oil reduces cortisol levels and improves thyroid hormone levels. It is a good natural remedy for balancing estrogen level especially for women who have hit menopause, and those who love consuming foods with high estrogen.
5. For Insomnia
For those who struggle with long hours of sleeplessness, clary sage encourages the production of gamma aminobutyric acid in the brain, thus, aiding in relaxation. This would eventually give you a good sleep at night. It is a good sedative.
6. For Radiant Skin
When used as a moisturizer, clary sage oil balances the production of sebum on the skin. It is also rich in antioxidants which tighten sagging skin and alleviates wrinkles.
Due to its ability to reduce tension and nervousness, clary sage oil is used as an ingredient in aromatherapy.
8. Relieves Respiratory Issues
Clary sage oil can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, sore throat, asthma, and other respiratory ailments. To use this, one can massage two or three drops of the oil on the chest or throat. This helps to clear mucus and phlegm deposits in the nasal passage, thus, relieving the respiratory tract.
9. Antibacterial Agent
Clary sage essential oil controls the entry of bacteria in the body. It has antibacterial properties, helping in the protection of intestines, colon and the excretory system. When injured, one can apply the diluted oil on the wounds to stop infections from germs. It has antimicrobial properties which hasten the healing of wounds.
10. Lowers Blood Pressure
The oil relaxes arteries and lowers the risk of heart failure. When inhaled, clary sage oil reduces systolic and diastolic pressure. It is also helpful when one wants to reduce their breathing rate.
11. For Massaging And Bathing
Clary sage oil relieves muscle pains when rubbed on the back, legs or arms. You can also add a few drops to the bath for further muscle relaxation.
12. Used In Treatment Of Spasms
The antispasmodic properties, found in the oil, are used to relax brain nerves, thus reducing chances of getting seizures.
13. Reduces Inflammation
Clary sage essential oil regulates the production of oil on the skin, thus helping to reduce the chances of getting some types of dermatitis which are caused by inflammation. Other inflammation conditions like arthritis can be managed by this oil. To do this, soak some piece of cloth in water mixed with a few drops of clary sage oil, then rub the piece of cloth on your muscles and joints.
14. Good For The Hair And Scalp
The oil helps reduce hair loss and prevents dandruff on the hair. This leaves your scalp moisturized and clean. Once you apply the oil, you would not feel the urge to scratch your scalp due to itching. It also strengthens hair follicles and is a great remedy for hair growth, for those struggling with short hair.
15. Helps With Digestion
Clary sage oil enhances the production of gastric juices and bile thus easing the digestive process. This also reduces bloating and abdominal irritation. With the regulation of secretion of digestive juices, the oil helps reduce stomach disorders and ulcers.
16. Used As A Pain Killer
You can apply the oil when one has backaches as well as pain in the joints. For migraines, you can dilute the oil, in a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil, and gently rub around your temple. One can also pour little drops on a piece of cloth and inhale the aroma over time. For lower back pain, you can mix five drops of clary sage oil with warm water, dip in a piece of cloth and slowly massage the area for pain relief.
17. Improves Uterus Health
Women who have hit menopause are likely to be affected by uterine problems. Clary sage oil aids in stopping uterine tumors and bleeding. Since it regulates the estrogen hormone, the oil keeps the uterus healthy, leading to a reduced likelihood of ovarian cancer.
18. Used As An Aphrodisiac
Clary sage oil increases testosterone levels which affect hormones and thus, helps, to boost libido and sexual performance. It arouses sexual desires and treats possible impotence. It can be used by both men and women.
19. Used For Eye Problems
For this to work, one needs to soak a clean piece of cloth in a little clary sage oil, then press the cloth onto both eyes for a few minutes. With a few drops of clary sage essential oil, your eyes will be cleansed. This helps to improve one’s vision and gives clear eyesight.
20. Relaxes Muscles
Since it has a sweet scent, the oil helps in relaxing muscles when inhaled. It makes one extremely calm. It also reduces psychological or nervous convulsions.
21. Relieves Anxiety
When anxious, one can inhale clary sage oil to keep calm and reduce emotional tension. The oil also has a nice scent, and this makes one feel good.
Word Of Caution
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid using clary sage oil as its effects on this primary group are still relatively unknown. Also, a heavy dosage of clary sage oil could cause headaches.
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