CLARY SAGE Salvia sclarea
Clary Sage, is closely related to common Garden Sage, but as an essential oil proves much less toxic and is thus preferred. Its modern name is a corruption of its old name 'Clear Eye', which reveals its highly esteemed use as an eye remedy. The seeds were placed in water until they developed a mucilaginous coating. Thus prepared they were placed in the eye in order to 'catch' any stray particles of dust and thus clear the vision. Today, sometimes an infusion is used for the same purpose, but the seeds work better. It also had quite a reputation as a mind altering herb. In Britain in particular it was often used for brewing ale, imparting that extra punch, which apparently made it 'fit to please drunkards, who thereby, according to their several dispositions, become either dead drunk, or foolish drunk, or mad drunk.' This drunken stupor was followed by a mighty hangover and headache. In Germany it was mixed with Elderflowers to adulterate wine, which thereby gained a flavour not unlike Muscatel wine. The German name 'Muskateller Salbei' still serves as a reminder of this dubious use.
Clary Sage is a great stress reliever and helps to keep life's problems emotionally at bay. It relaxes both body and mind and acts as an anti-depressant. It can even have a euphoric effect on some. Clary Sage is an excellent oil for women's problems, PMT, painful or scanty periods and cramps. It stimulates appetite and may help in some cases of anorexia. It is also excellent in aromatherapy skin care preparations for improving skin tone and clearing acne and other inflammatory conditions or oily skin. eIn hair care blends it is used to treat dandruff and greasy hair. Use with caution. Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use in conjunction with alcohol.
Magically, Clary Sage is associated with vision. It is used to clear not only the physical eye, but also the third eye of the clairvoyant prior to channelling or divination. It lifts the spirit and helps detachment from emotionally difficult or painful situations. With emotional distance one gains a better perspective. It can be an aid to enter trance and or to induce euphoria, which is why it is also sometimes used as an aphrodisiac.
An earthy, nutty, herbaceous scent. Blends well with Cypress, Jasmin, Geranium Vetivert, Tuberose, Pine, Labdanum, Juniper, Bergamot, Frankincense, Orange, Basil and Coriander.