Clary Sage (salvia sclarea) is a medicinal herb that was used by the ancient Greeks. The botanical name of Clary Sage comes from the Latin words “salvare” meaning to heal and “clarus” to clear or clarify. In ancient times, seeds of this beautiful plant were steeped in water to treat eye and skin infections and draw out thorns and splinters.

In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage tea was used to cleanse the mouth, ward off infections, improve digestive disorders and help women alleviate hormonal fluctuations. It was also used to soothe and calm the skin.

Linalool and Linalyl Acetate are two of the key chemical constituents present in Clary Sage Essential Oil that are also commonly found in Lavender oil. As a result, both oils have similar properties.

Top benefits and uses of Clary Sage Essential Oil


A Beautiful and Calming Aroma

Clary Sage essential oil has a clear, warm and almost nutty aroma that blends really well with citrus and woody oils, such as Bergamot, Grapefruit and Cedarwood.

This oil is often used to calm the nerves, promote sleep and improve clarity of thoughts.  It’s ideal in natural remedies to boost feelings of revitalisation, and in massage oil to relieve tension.

Massage oil recipe

  • Mix 4 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil in 2 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil, relax and enjoy the massage!

The women’s oil

Clary Sage oil is often used by women to balance hormones. It contains natural phytoestrogens which regulate women’s estrogen levels and can help regulate the menstrual cycle, decrease period pain and ease menopausal discomfort.

Easy recipe

  • If you suffer from period pain or PMS, mix 2 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil in 10 drops of Jojoba Oil and gently massage on the lower belly.

“Au revoir” dandruff!

I’ve used Clary Sage in many of my DIY solid shampoos because it cleanses the hair whilst reducing hair loss and clearing excess dandruff.

Quick tip

  • If you don’t make your own shampoos, you can pour in your hand the normal quantity of shampoo that you use and add 1 drop of Clary Sage Essential Oil to it.

The best essential oil for oily skins and hair

Clary Sage essential oil balances sebum production, so it’s great to reduce oiliness of skin and hair. It’s a great addition to your homemade skin and hair products!

Get your organic Clary Sage essential oil here. Happy Pampering!


Clary Sage Essential Oil should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under the age of 6, or in case of estrogen-induced conditions such as hormonal cancers (breast, ovaries, endometrioma) because of its estrogenic effects. People with low blood pressure should also avoid using this herbal oil because of its hypotensive effects.


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“Oily” Winter Edition Magazine 2017, Sydney Essential Oil Co., “Fragrant swirls of Clary Sage”, page 5-10

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2 thoughts on “Top benefits and uses of Clary Sage Essential Oil

  1. Margaret says:

    Hi Lily, I was reading the information about Clary Sage essential oil. It mentions it is preferrable not to use it if affected by hormonal cancers. As prostate cancer can be in the genes of men who have mothers etc who have had breast cancer I am wondering then if it would be best for men with prostate cancer to also avoid it?…etc not using shampoo with Clary Sage oil? Just a thougth.

    • Lily says:

      Hi Margaret, yes, it’s best to not use this essential oil in case of any condition caused by hormonal problems. I haven’t found studies showing the impact of Clary Sage on prostate cancer, but I would definitely recommend checking with an aromatherapist which essential oils to avoid (and not just Clary Sage).

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