Botanical Name: Salvia sclarea
Synonym: Muscatel sage
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: France, Russia
Plant Part: flowers and foliage
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Characteristics: Strong, heady, sweet, herbaceous
Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, carminative, deodorant, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, uterine
linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, α-terpineol, geraniol, neryl acetate, sclareol, germacrene D
Mind & Spirit:
- Extremely euphoric on the emotions.
- Treats nervousness, fear, depression and paranoia
- Reduces tension yet stimulates and revitalises
- Warming and relaxing, encourages feelings of well being
- Disperses feelings of panic and burn-out.
- Soothes digestive problems such as gastric spasm and flatulence.
- Helps migraines and headaches
- Encourages labour as well as ease post natal depression
- Tonic to the kidneys and the womb making it helpful with uterine problems
- Balances hormones and regulates periods
- Eases PMT and painful cramps in the lower back
- Encourages hair growth and helps to clear greasy hair and dandruff reducing excessive production of sebum.
Not to be used in the first 6 months of pregnancy. Large doses can cause headaches. Non toxic, non irritant and non sensitising.
Note: Top to middle
Odour Intensity: 5
Blends well with:
Bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lime, marjoram, neroli, orange, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Medieval authors called the herb "clear eye" and considered it beneficial in healing visual problems. Nicholas Culpepper, an early herbalist, said the sticky mucilage from the seeds, when put into the eyes, would clear away any foreign objects. In the middle ages it was known as "Oculus Christi" the "eyes of Christ".
In Germany clary sage was known as "muscatel sage" because it resembled muscatel wine. Dishonest merchants would adulterate their muscatel wine with clary sage. This often produced a heightened state of intoxication. In sixteenth century England clary sage was substituted for hops in the production of beer.