Clary sage essential oil, sacred healing plant

Clary sage, whose name comes from the Latin salvare = to heal , has medicinal properties known since Antiquity. Obtained by hydrodistillation of the inflorescences, clary sage essential oil is also used in the composition of vermouths , particularly in fine perfumery. Known in Europe since the year 800, clary sage is robust and very aromatic.

A little history

This essential oil was obtained by distillation as early as 1580. Sage has long been considered a medicinal herb . In the Middle Ages, sage was nicknamed “the clear eye” because it was given healing properties for the eyes. Common in southern regions, sage is still common throughout Europe. For the Egyptians and the Middle Ages, sage was considered a sacred plant, as it was part of many purification and esoteric rituals. In traditional medicine, it is a reference. Today, it is widely cultivated in our gardens as an aromatic plant as well as a condiment.

What are the pharmacological properties of clary sage leaf and flowering plant essential oil?

Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Bactericidal
  • Antiviral
  • In vitro antifungal , especially against Candida albicans and Aspergillus flavus

Antispasmodic and sedative effects:

  • Antispasmodic
  • sedative
  • Nervous rebalancing

Hormonal effect:

  • Estrogen-like on thyroid background (emotional)
    • Genital affections of young girls
  • Antiperspirant and seborrhoea regulator

Other effects:

  • Neurotonic and antidepressant
  • Relaxing, soothing, sedative
  • Improves arterial circulation
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Astringent and skin tonic
  • Cardiac regulator
  • Antidiabetic
  • antioxidant
  • Phebotonics and neurotonics
  • Relaxing and anxiolytic, anti-stress for urodynamic explorations in female urinary incontinence
  • Antidepressant by modulation of dopaminergic pathways
  • Healing externally
  • Insecticide against the phytophagous caterpillar Spodoptera littoralis

Does clary sage essential oil require any precautions?

  • Contraindicated in pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as in children or non-pubescent adolescents
  • Avoid in case of cancers or hormone-dependent history
  • Beware of possible gynecomastiantes effects in prolonged use, linalyl acetate and linalool (its alcohol) indeed show anti-androgenic activity and weak estrogenic activity by binding to estrogen receptors. These molecules prevent the production of testosterone. Avoid prolonged use in male individuals as an endocrine disruptor!
  • Avoid in combination with estrogens


Medical bibliographic sources and clinical trials :

Clementine. M.
Writer of scientific articles
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in clinical phyto-aromatherapy and Ethnomedecine

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