Clary Sage

Latin:  Salvia sclarea

Family:  Lamiaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves, flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Pungent, bitter, gently stimulating and warming

Properties:  Antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, stimulating, antidepressant.

Actions:   This is a lovely aromatic herb from the mint family that is useful for reducing muscle tesnion, calming and helping relax the uterine muscles to improve menstrual flow.   It is useful for spasmodic respiratory problems such as asthma or a hacking cough and gently improves digestion when there is cramping and bloating.  Externally its astringent quality makes it helpful as an oil for skin care issues such as dandruff, oily skin and wrinkles.   In terms of mental health, it is quite helpful for those who feel bound up, tense, stressed out and nervous with underlying exhaustion.  There may be associated feelings of fear and the herb is helpful for gently moving the energy when one feels blocked and stagnant. Clary sage feels revitalizing and rejuvenating.  I generally work with this plant in essential oil blends via aromatherapy.

Dosage:  Most often used used in essential oil in sprays, bath salts and massage oils.  5 drops essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil.  As tea, 1-2 tsp dried leaf to cup of hot water infused for 10 minutes.

Contraindications:  Standard essential oil precautions.