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Clary sage essential oil is derived from the flowering tops and leaves of the Salvia sclarea plant, which is a perennial herb with heart-shaped leaves, and it is widely used in aromatherapy and natural health practices.

History of Clary Sage

Clary sage essential oil has been used for centuries for its medicinal and therapeutic properties.

Clary Sage is native to the Mediterranean and has been used in traditional medicine by the Greeks and Romans.

During the Middle Ages, clary sage was used by apothecaries and physicians as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments, including digestive issues, respiratory issues, and menstrual cramps. It was also believed to have antiseptic properties and was used to treat wounds and infections.

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In more recent times, clary sage essential oil has become popular in aromatherapy and natural health practices. It is often used to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. The oil is also used in perfumes, soaps, and other personal care products due to its pleasant aroma.

Today, clary sage essential oil is produced in many parts of the world, including France, Italy, and Russia. It remains a popular natural remedy for a variety of health conditions and is widely used in aromatherapy and other holistic health practices.

Calming and relaxing, Clary Sage essential oil is commonly used for a soothing aromatherapy massage, particularly during menstruation. It also has stress-reducing effects when used aromatically, and skin-clarifying properties when applied topically to the skin.

The main chemical component in Clary Sage oil is Linalyl Acetate, part of the esters group. This makes it one of the most calming, relaxing, soothing and balancing essential oils.

Clary Sage blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, citrus oils, and Sandalwood.

Where is Clary Sage Sourced From

  • The Clary Sage plant is native to parts of Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Clary Sage is usually a biennial, which means that it blooms every other year.
  • On each tall stem, small flowers bloom – usually between four and six per stem.
  • The essential oil comes from these flowers and is steam distilled.
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Health Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

Some of the potential benefits and effects of clary sage essential oil include:

  • Helps regulate menstrual cycle
  • Beneficial for the female reproductive system
  • May reduce symptoms of PMS including menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, and menstrual pain
  • May improve uterine health
  • Helps regulate estrogen levels
  • Reducing stress and anxious feelings: Clary sage essential oil has calming properties that can help reduce stress and anxious feelings.
  • Improving sleep: The oil can also promote relaxation and improve sleep quality, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep through the night.
  • Alleviating menstrual cramps: Clary sage oil has antispasmodic properties that can help alleviate menstrual cramps and other menstrual symptoms.
  • Relieving menopausal symptoms: The oil may also be beneficial for women experiencing menopause, as it can help regulate hormone levels and alleviate hot flashes and other symptoms.
  • Reducing inflammation: Clary sage oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the body, which may be helpful for anyone struggling with conditions caused by inflammation.
  • Improving digestion: The oil may also have digestive benefits, as it can stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • May help lower cortisol levels associated with high stress.

It’s important to note that while clary sage essential oil has many potential benefits, it should always be used with caution and under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, especially for pregnant women and children.

Clary Sage Spiritual and Emotional Benefits

Clary Sage is known as the Oil of Clarity and Vision.

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Clary Sage can change your perception and perspective when new possibilities arise.

Clary Sage can help you become:

  • more open minded
  • courageous
  • creative
  • discerning
  • imaginative
  • feel more intuitive
  • more visionary
  • give spiritual clarity

Clary Sage can help you conquer:

  • confusion
  • darkness
  • distraction
  • emptiness
  • hopelessness
  • illusion
  • limit

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Safety and Cautions to use with Clary Sage Essential Oil

Caution should be used during the early stages of Pregnancy.

How to Use Clary Sage

​There are 3 ways you can get Clary Sage essential oil benefits:

  1. Topical Use: Dilute with carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil and massage oil into affected areas. For example, the lower abdomen to help with menstrual cramps. Diluting with a carrier oil can help prevent potential skin irritation or skin inflammation or skin rashes.
  2. Internal Use: Put a drop under your tongue, in a drink, or put in a veggie cap or put in a glass of water for hormonal support.
  3. Aromatic Use:  Diffuse Clary sage into the air in order to get the benefits via your olfactory system (smell). Inhalation of clary sage can directly impact the limbic system in only a few minutes to help with mental clarity, mental function, and lowered stress.  

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30 Ways to Use Clary Sage Checklist

Here are 30 different ways you can add Clary Sage into your daily routine.

Try a new way each day of the month!

  1. Combine with a carrier oil to massage, soothe, and rejuvenate skin.
  2. Rub a few drops on your abdomen during your menstrual cycle for a soothing massage.
  3. Apply diluted down spine to help bring on labor.
  4. Take in a veggie cap at bedtime to promote a more restful sleep.
  5. Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner to promote healthy hair and scalp.
  6. Add 2-3 drops into a warm bath with Epsom salts.
  7. Apply to each breast to help increase lactation.
  8. Add a few drops to diffuser jewelry.
  9. Apply to back of neck to support healthy brain function.
  10. Take 2 drops daily in a veggie cap to help soothe the nervous system.
  11. Diffuse to help with all the emotions after having a baby.
  12. Apply to pillow at night for restful sleep.
  13. Combine with Roman Chamomile and inhale deeply to help reduce feelings of stress.
  14. Put a drop of Clary Sage on your 3rd eye (space between your eyebrows) and ‘lift’ it up.
  15. Rub inside the forearm to help with hormone balancing.
  16. Apply to the bottoms of the feet to help promote healthy blood pressure.
  17. Diffuse 3-5 drops at night to help calm the mind chatter.
  18. Take 1-2 drops internally to help balance emotions.
  19. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to tighten up loose skin.
  20. Diffuse to lessen anxious feelings.
  21. Inhale deeply to promote feelings of confidence and pleasure.
  22. Apply to pulse points to help balance hormones.
  23. Add 1-2 drops to hot tea to help lower the stress hormone cortisol
  24. Lightly flick a few drops along the walls of a steamy shower or sauna for a powerful aromatherapy experience.
  25. Apply to splinter to help draw it out.
  26. Diffuse when you need the courage to “see” the truth.
  27. Mix with a carrier oil and massage into legs to help promote healthy circulation.
  28. Apply topically over the abdomen to help relieve discomfort.
  29. Inhale deeply 3-4x each day to support a healthy cardiovascular system.
  30. Mix with jojoba oil and make a moisturizer that will keep the skin even throughout the day.

Related Article: Clary Sage Diffuser Blends

Looking for a Clary Sage diffuser blend? Click here to get several Diffuser Blends featuring Clary Sage.

Clary Sage Hormone Balancing Body Butter

Whip up this DIY Decadent Body Butter to help calm and balance hormones.

It’s simple to make and will moisturize your skin when you apply it after bathing while your skin is still damp.

The clary sage essential oil will help support balanced and calm hormones.

DIY Recipe for Hormone Balancing Body Butter Featuring Clary Sage essential oil

Clary Sage Roller Blend Recipes

Happy Hormones Roller

Whether you are feeling on edge, irritable, or just feel a little “off”, this Happy Hormones roller is a great way to support your hormonal balance.


  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil


  1. Place essential oils in 10 mL roller bottle.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil, being careful not to over-fill.
  3. Secure the lid to your roller bottle and shake until ingredients combine.
  4. Apply to pulse points as needed.

Do you have difficulty maintaining hormonal balance (either monthly or at a later stage in womanhood)?

I Need a Hug Roller Roller

Sometimes, you just need a hug! Grab a loved one and squeeze them tight! While you are at it, grab this roller and apply to pulse points as needed. Consistent use is best, so repeat as needed.


  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Console
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Hot Flash Support Roller

Trust us when we say, those “personal summers” are no fun at all. This Hot Flash Support roller of specially curated oils of Clary Sage, Geranium, Lemon, and Peppermint helps align your body’s sense of homeostasis and supports hormone balance.


  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Premenstrual Mess Roller

If you need a little support in this area, this Premenstrual Mess roller helps manage the natural stress your body goes through each month. Use this roller blend to address irritability and support hormonal balance.


  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Marjoram
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Happy Mama Roller

Attn: Mamas! Try this Happy Mama roller to encourage patience, cheerfulness, and hormonal balance. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this!


  • 8 drops Clary Sage
  • 8 drops Bergamot
  • 8 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Grapefruit
  • 3 drops Wild Orange
  • doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

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About The Author

Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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