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Clary Sage; essential oil


Healthy Habits:  Clary Sage

Clary sage is a wonderful, medicinal, biennial plant that provides relief from hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of menopause, and serves as a natural hypertension medicine, as well as lowering your risk of cancer, just to name a few. It can be made into a tea, tincture, powder/capsule, or essential oil. The leaves, flowers, stems and seeds are all useful.

The essential oil is literally the “blood” of the plant and the most potent extract.

Choose organic, therapeutic grade essential oils that are steam distilled and undiluted. Salvia sclarea (clary sage) essential oil can be added to a carrier oil, and applied as a balm to the skin, scalp and gums.

A few drops can also be added to a small amount of filtered water and swished to promote oral health and heal mouth ulcers, or gargled to relieve a sore throat.

Here are some of the possible health benefits that sage offers:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • improves eyesight, antioxidant, strengthens teeth & bones, boosts the immune system, promotes blood health/increases circulation
  • soothes/relieves sore throat & cough
  • loosens stiff muscles
  • promotes healthy skin
  • enhances memory
  • improves digestion
  • reduces menopause symptoms
  • cardioprotective
  • lowers glucose levels
  • improves mood
  • regulates hormones
  • strengthens the nervous system
  • antiseptic, promotes healing
  • detoxes liver
  • anti-swelling
  • stimulates new hair growth
  • treats dandruff
  • helps reduce fever
  • relieves heartburn
  • balances sebum production/prevents acne
  • tones gums/supports oral health
  • antibacterial
  • lowers harmful cholesterol/promotes good cholesterol
  • reduces stress/mild sedative
  • improves memory & alertness/supports limbic system health
  • provides relief for bruises, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes & skin conditions

Sage should be avoided by pregnant and lactating moms. Don’t over-use or take it for extended periods of time, as with any herbal remedies. Do your research accordingly and/or check with your health practitioner before trying.  Secondly, be aware that side effects can occur due to a negative interaction between a pharmaceutical medication and a natural plant medicine.

Dry and bitter, with floral top notes, clary sage oil pairs really well with lavender (lavendula angustifolia), as well as a citrus oil like grapefruit, for aromatherapy and diffusing.,in%20both%20men%20and%20women.

Rosemary, clary sage and peppermint, 3-5 drops each, added to a tablespoon or less of a carrier oil, such as organic unrefined coconut oil, sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil, can be massaged into the scalp a couple of times a day to stimulate hair growth.

If the essential oil isn’t your preferred method, try taking sage in a tea, tincture or capsule. Above all, make sure to follow the dosage recommendation on the package.

Be Well and God Bless You.

Jennifer Wimmer

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