EO Spotlight: Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil (Salvia sclarea) has an herbaceous, warm, tea-like aroma and is one of the most powerful oils for promoting rest and relaxation while instilling tranquility and euphoria. It is also esteemed for its ability to support hormone balance in the body which has earned its moniker as “The Ultimate Woman’s Oil.” Clary Sage has gone by many names throughout its extensive historical use; it is also known as Clary Wart, Muscatel sage, Clear Eye, and See Bright. The plant itself was a staple in the herbal cabinets of the middle ages, where it was used to treat a number of ailments such as nervous conditions and ulcers.
Extracted from the plant by steam distillation, Clary Sage essential oil can be used for similar purposes today. When we breathe in the aroma and apply it to the skin (diluted in a carrier oil), it calms the nervous system, easing feelings of depression, tension and stress during tumultuous times. Its ability to induce a state of peace and quell worries is why it serves as a potent ingredient in our Moonlight Massage Oil. I love to make Moonlight a part of my nighttime rituals before bed, massaging it into my neck, shoulders and chest while listening to soothing music. Clary Sage joins comforting Sandalwood and Lavender with a touch of warm, vanilla-like Peru Balsam to create the perfect aromatic skin tonic to prepare for sleep.
Emotionally and spiritually, Clary Sage helps to bring light to darkness, dispels insecurity and promotes clarity. In the Old World, Clary Sage was at times known as “See Bright,” which inspired Kate when naming her powerful women’s blend: Woman See Bright. In addition to easing discomfort during PMS, menopause and childbirth, this oil helps bring forth wisdom and intuition, evoking the sacred, divine feminine.
The comforting and supportive effects of Clary Sage also serve us as a means to release timidity and move forward with clear vision (try diffusing Courageous Spirit!). As you inhale the floral yet herby aroma of therapeutic grade Clary Sage Essential Oil, allow yourself to be guided through the fog and forgiven for anything you are holding within. Go forward on your path with an open heart and a calm, strong resolve.