Clary Sage Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Salvia sclarea
Other names: Clary Wort, Clear Eye, Common Clary
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Part of plant used in production: Fresh flower
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: Clary Sage is a biennial or perennial herb that can grow up to 1 metre in height. The plant has purple or blue flowers and hairy leaves.
Characteristics: Salvia scalera produces a clear to pale yellow oil. It's odour is pungent, floral, fresh, and sweetly herbaceous with a bittersweet or nutty undertone
Properties: Sedative on the nervous system and spasmodic on smooth muscle due to linalyl acetate. The oil exhibits a cooling effect on inflammation.
Constituents: Clary Sage oil contains a mixture of monoterpene esters and monoterpene alcohols. Its dominant components are linalyl acetate (63-80%), and linalool (8-28 %).
Uses: Treating depression, cleansing and rejuvenating skin and hair, perfumery, and some food essences. Clary Sage is used as a component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes. Maximum amount reported in perfumes is 0.8%.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy/lactating. For external use only. Should be diluted (at 8%) prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use.