An Esscentful Year – Day 6 – Clary Sage

Yesterday I mentioned extrapolating from the physical to the spiritual/mental/emotional. An example of how this can be “done” is with Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea a herb which is native to southern Europe but grows extensively worldwide in the Mediterranean, Russia, the USA, England, Morocco and central Europe. For perfumery the French, Moroccan and English Clary are deemed of superior quality. In my experience the whole plant is highly aromatic and self seeds very readily. Salvia sclarea

In the Middle Ages Clary Sage was used to intensify wine, hence it is also known as muscatel sage. Other synonyms include clear eye, see bright. This species is closely related to common or garden sage and Spanish sage.

A mucilage of the seeds was traditionally used to remove foreign bodies from the eye and for treating tumours. The herb was highly esteemed in the Middle Ages but has now fallen out of use. It was traditionally used for digestive disorders, kidney disease, uterine and menstrual complaints, for cleansing ulcers and as a general nerve tonic.

The herb is also considered cooling for inflammation and can be especially useful for throat and respiratory infections. Interestingly Joseph Miller considered it warming and it is suggested for fridigity or infertility. Among its actions in aromatherapy are listed anti-convulsive, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, regulator (of seborrhoea), sedative, stomachic, tonic and uterine. According to the work of Dr Marie Lis-Balchin antibacterial action was demonstrated against 11-18 of 25 different bacteria and 9-15 of 20 Listeria monocytogenes varieties. 1 in 5 bacteria were affected by the vapour. There was also slight anti fungal effect against 3 of 5 fungi but moderate to good action against 3 of 3. Clary Sage can induce a feeling of euphoria and make concentration difficult.

Its chemical constituents include linalyl acetate, linalol, pinene, myrcene and phellandrene. According to Caddy the main constituents are esters (linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate and neryl acetate) and alcohols (linalool, sclareol, alpha-terpineol and alpha-bisabolol) and the oil contains small quantities of ketones and up to 4% sesquiterpenes (caryophyllene, germacrene, bourbonene). The essential oil also contains up to 1.8% oxides (1,8 cineole).

Clary Sage essential oil is generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic. Avoid during pregnancy or if you have or are likely to drink alcohol. Clary Sage has GRAS status (Generally Regarded as Safe) from the FDA. LD50 toxicity for oral and dermal administration demonstrates safety, Irritation was found to be Nil in humans at a level of 8% (16 drops of essential oil in 10mls of carrier).

Oil usage:

In traditional aromatherapy the oil has a number of uses including skin care where it is useful for inflamed conditions, acne, boils and balancing oily skin and hair. It is possibly also useful for more mature skin. It can be helpful for high blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, asthma and throat infections, colic, cramp, dyspepsia and flatulence. Within the genito-urinary system it may be helpful for amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea and labour pain. It is also useful for helping with depression, frigidity, impotence, migraine, nervous tension and stress-related disorders. Robert Tisserand also lists the oil as Yang, rules by Mercury with an odour intensity of 5 (reasonably low) and an evaporation rate of 82 (moderately low)

Energetic uses:

I was reminded of this oil while reading a book by Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Raa. Talking with Archangel Zadkiel about conscious creation, the Archangel says

“The purpose of receiving Angelic Communication is so that one may have an opportunity to first remember and reconnect with their Authentic Soul knowing.

In the reconnection, in the knowing, and in the being-ness of your Authentic Soul, all decisions are readily apparent. They come from a centre of love that can only be expressed from the soul level. It is not the illusionary love that has conditions, boundaries and judgements. It is the love that goes beyond self-service, and the love that says, “I see with clarity; therefore, I am able to be a conscious co-creator.””

Given the herb’s traditional uses we could extrapolate that the energetic uses relate primarily to the brow and sacral chakras. The colour of the oil tends to also suggest solar plexus (kidney). Chiazzari gives the healing colour rays as Magenta and Violet indicating a higher energetic frequency. According to Chiazzari the violet ray activates the central nervous system, the red vibration energises the kidneys enhancing energy flow through the body and helping with grounding. The purple ray balances and harmonises the crown chakra.

Herbs that are considered cooling carry a degree of blue energy (throat/brow).

Loughran and Bull suggest the following for the given chakras:-

General Calms and uplifts

Sixth Increases dreaming. Strengthens our inner eye to “see” more clearly. Inspires.

Valerie Worwood lists the emotional healing uses of clary sage as “to encourage calm, confidence, grounding,regeneration, tranquillity, revitalization, valance and restoration.

Use in massage, burners or for anointing. Apply in dilution over the chakras or to the feet, throat or abdomen. The lower dilution the higher the vibration. If using for breathing work or in a burner, visualise the scent reaching the appropriate part of the body or simply breathe in with intent and watch where the scent/colour goes in your body.

Clary Sage features in my Moonstone Crystal Blend and in my See Clearly Aroma Essences. Both these essences will support the energetic uses suggested above.


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With all love and blessings xx


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