21 Uses of Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage essential oil belongs in every woman’s handbag or cupboard. It is excellent for “women’s troubles” and so much more. Clary sage is an amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent and antidepressant natural essential oil. It is even effective against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)! It has been clinically tested and continues to be studied to produce scientific proof of all of its incredible health benefits.

1. Get Relief from Cramps

Use clary sage essential oil to get relief from menstrual cramps. Its natural antispasmodic properties calm heavy menstrual cramping naturally. Mix a few drops of the EO with a few drops of a carrier oil, like argan oil, coconut oil or jojoba, and massage it into your lower abdomen and back for menstrual cramp relief. Use the same recipe to relieve leg cramps and back spasms, too.

2. Control Heavy Menstruation

Take advantage of clary sage essential oil to get your flow under control on those really heavy days. In addition to calming the cramping, it will help your body regulate your flow. Use the half and half EO/carrier oil combination and rub it into your lower back and abdomen at night just before you go to bed.

3. Calm PMS

Use clary sage essential oil to quell PMS symptoms. Mood swings, bloating, cravings, headaches and general grumpiness can be reduced or even completely eliminated with this essential oil. Put a few drops in your diffuser and run it for 45 minutes. Begin using it about a week before you expect your next menstrual period or as soon as you begin to notice PMS symptoms.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

4. Balance Hormone Levels

Utilize clary sage oil’s wonderful estrogen-balancing properties. It has proven to be helpful for women suffering from excess estrogen and post-menopausal women who have been struggling with depression. It helps regulate TSH (Thyroid Hormone Levels), too. Add 2 to 3 drops of clary sage essential oil to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 45 minutes.

*Clary sage EO has sedative effects. It is best to use it at night right before you go to bed.*

5. Relieve Stress and Reduce Cortisol

Put 3 to 5 drops of clary sage essential oil into warm bath water and take a good, long soak. Your stress and anxiety will melt away. You can also put 2 to 3 drops in your aromatherapy diffuser to get the same effect. Clary sage naturally reduces cortisol levels in your system. Your body produces cortisol when you are stressed in order to control your blood pressure and protect your immune system. Unfortunately, excess cortisol, which occurs when you are constantly stressed, can produce spikes in your blood sugar levels, prevent restful sleep and cause you to retain excess weight in your abdomen.

6. Fight Depression

Utilize clary sage oil’s natural mood-boosting properties to fight depression and reduce anxiety. You can put a few drops in your diffuser and run it for 45 minutes a few times a day to naturally lift your mood or put a few drops in a warm bath for a relaxing soak. You can also create a nice bath-time blend with 3 drops of clary sage essential oil and 2 drops of ylang ylang oil, which is another mood-enhancing essential oil.

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7. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Use clary sage essential oil to eliminate insomnia so you can get a good night’s sleep. Take a bath with 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil in your bathwater about an hour before you go to bed or put a few drops in your diffuser. Run the diffuser for 30 to 45 minutes. The diffused essential oil will soothe and relax you so you can drop right off to sleep.

8. Improve Digestion

Rub clary sage EO on your abdomen to ease the digestive process by controlling spasms and increasing digestive juices. It also encourages healthy bowel movements and improves colon health. Use a 50/50 mixture of clary sage essential oil and a carrier oil and massage it into your abdominal area. You can also drip 3 to 5 drops of the EO into a large bowl of hot water, submerge a hand towel in the bowl until it is soaked, wring it out and place it on your abdomen. The combination of warmth and clary sage essential oil will calm and soothe a sore or crampy tummy.

*Clary sage EO will magnify the effects of alcohol and other sedative-type substances*

9. Eliminate Bacteria in your Digestive Tract

Take advantage of clary sage essential oil’s antibacterial properties to treat bacterial infections in your stomach, intestines, colon or urinary tract. Use it in the same way as you would for improved digestion. The essential oil will be absorbed into your blood stream and eradicate the bacterial while the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties calm and soothe.

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10. Soothe Achy Joints

Use clary sage essential oil to reduce inflammation in your joints. You can soak in a warm tub with 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil for a relaxing, all-over treatment. You can also use the half and half EO and carrier oil combination. Just mix the oils together, put a couple drops in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm the oil then rub it into your achy joints. It will absorb readily for fast, soothing relief.

11. Treat Skin Rashes

Mix clary sage EO into a light carrier oil like jojoba or argan oil and use it to treat rashes or just improve your skin health in general. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties will soothe and heal just about any type of rash, leaving your skin clear and moisturized. Mix it in equal portions and gently apply it to the rash a couple times a day.

12. Clear up and Prevent Acne

Use clary sage essential oil to clear up acne and help prevent future break-outs. Its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it ideal for this use, but there is something else that makes it especially suitable for fighting acne. Clary sage EO controls sebum production. Sebum is oil that your skin produces. It is at the root of all types of acne. Wash in the morning and night with a mild face-wash then use the 50/50 essential oil/carrier oil mixture to moisturize afterward. Jojoba oil and argan oil are light, fast-absorbing oils with their own skin-improving benefits. Use one of them for an excellent acne-fighting blend.

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13. Prevent Bacterial Infections

Put clary sage essential oil on wounds and cuts on your skin to prevent bacterial infections. Its antimicrobial properties have been proven to successfully kill several types of staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus xylosus). These are the types of staph that commonly cause infections in skin wounds. Use the 50/50 clary sage/carrier oil combination. Put it directly on the wound after you wash it.

14. Lower Blood Pressure

Take advantage of clary sage oil’s natural blood pressure-lowering properties to get your high blood pressure under control. This essential oil actually relaxes your brain and your arteries which lowers your blood pressure. It will also improve your blood oxygen levels, resulting in a better supply of oxygen for your organs and muscles. Just put a few drops in your diffuser and enjoy the calming aroma for 45 minutes in the evening. Consult with your doctor prior to using clary sage oil if you are already on blood-pressure medication.

*Do not use clary sage essential oil if you have low blood pressure. It will lower it too much.*

15. Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

Utilize clary sage essential oil’s natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits to lower your cholesterol levels. Its ability to reduce stress and enhance circulation make it a very effective cholesterol-reducing essential oil. Run your diffuser with 2 to 3 drops of this oil in the evening for 45 minutes. Consult with your doctor prior to using clary sage oil if you are already on cholesterol medication.

16. Get Relief from Asthma Symptoms

Mix 4 drops each of lavender essential oil and clary sage essential oil for a soothing, asthma-relief blend. Rub the mixture into your chest or back. If you are being treated for asthma, discuss the use of essential oils with your physician before using them.

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17. Soothe Sore Throats and Quiet Coughs

Enjoy clary sage EO aromatherapy to relieve your sore throat and quiet your cough. Its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and sedative properties will have you feeling better in no time.

*Do not use clary sage EO if you are pregnant or nursing.*

18. Soothe Tired or Irritated Eyes

Add 2 to 3 drops of clary sage essential oil to a bowl of warm water. Place a clean washcloth or small towel into the solution until it is thoroughly wet, wring it out then place it over your eyes. Leave it on your eyes for 10 minutes.

19. Improve Hair

Mix together 3 drops each of clary sage and rosemary essential oil. Put the oil blend on your fingertips and massage it into your scalp right after showering while your head is warm and the follicles are open. It will moisturize your scalp and encourage thick, healthy hair growth.

20. Awaken Your Libido

Use clary sage EO to give your low libido a jump start. Because it balances hormones and provides relaxation, it is often used to enhance sexual desire, especially in menopausal women. Put 2 to 3 drops of oil in your diffuser and run it late in the evening or while enjoying a romantic evening with that special someone.

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21. Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Seizures

Diffuse clary sage essential oil to help prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of seizures and convulsions. Put 2 to 3 drops in your diffuser and run it for 45 minutes or so. You can also mix up a 50/50 clary sage oil/carrier oil blend to rub tight muscles for relief after a seizure.

Was this list helpful to you? I was fascinated to learn about this nutty-scented essential oil. It is such a wonderful oil for women but it’s great for men, too. Clary sage essential oil has been used medicinally by men and women for centuries. Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy all of its great benefits.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and tell me about your own personal experiences with clary sage essential oil. We’ll just keep adding to the list of its great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this amazing essential oil.

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About the author

Reannan Raine

Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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