The word Clary
is derived from the Latin word clarus meaning clear. During the middle
ages clary was called ‘clear eye’, in that it was know to cure many eye problems
(http://www.kevala.co.uk/aromatherapy/sage.htm). Throughout the years, clary sage has
fallen out of common every day use, although in the middle ages it was a highly acclaimed
herb linked to the treatment of many illnesses including stress reduction.
The Clary plant is a perennial or biennial herb with produces blue flowers growing
out from large pinkish mauve bracts. The official name of Clary Sage is Salvia Scarea.
Clary Sage is native to Southern Europe, especially the Mediterranean region. It can also
be found growing in Russia, the USA, England, Morocco and Central Europe
The oil is collected by steam distillation from the flowering tops of the plant. The
leaves are also sometimes used in the production of this oil. Like other essential oils Clary
Sage blends well with other oils to create a more potent or powerful aroma.
“The oil has uplifting qualities making it suitable for the treatment of depression,
anxiety, tension and mental fatigue. The oil may also prove effective in the treatment of
migraine and stress related disorders”
Other noted uses of clary sage include the treatment of these illnesses: sore throats,
colic, cramps, dyspepsia, dandruff, boils, acne, P.M.S, hot flashes, and high blood
One author, Tisserand, describes clary sage in this way, “It slows one down,
brings on a feeling of euphoria and makes concentration difficult. I never tried cannabis,
but I do feel drugged after using clary.” Clary Sage has also been effective in combating
‘weakness of spirit’ and recommended for ‘nervous, weak, fearful types’
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