Clary Sage…and Emotions


Clary Sage

(Salvia sclaria)

Description: Clary Sage is a tall herb with big, hairy, purple-green leaves and small blue-violet or white flowers. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves.

Countries of origin: America, England, France, Morocco, Russia

Characteristics: Strong, sweet, musky, nutty, almost floral aroma.

Properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, sedative, regenerative.

 *Note: Clary Sage is one of the most valuable essential oils in assisting with PMS.


Ironically enough, Clary Sage was an essential oil that I did not take a likening to at first.

I had purchased it on the recommendation to include it in my aromatherapy kit for the work that I share with clients.

I was very familiar with Sage, which I really enjoyed. So, I guess I was under the impression that Clary Sage was going to smell similar.


I experimented with it however, by blending it with other essential oils.

I went through a period in my life about a year ago, where I felt very uninspired and dissatisfied with where my life was. I began to put myself down for perhaps not having made the right choices. This in turn, caused me to feel depressed and despairing.

One evening, I just so happen to pick up one of my aromatherapy books and for some reason, turned to the section which described the benefits to using Clary Sage.

It talked about it’s many physical benefits, but also spoke about it’s emotional benefits as well. It was said to be a very powerful aid to easing depression, melancholia, anxiety, stress, and general dissatisfaction. It encourages confidence, grounding, and balance.

Since then, after using it on myself quite often (and achieving GREAT results) I’ve actually grown to enjoy it’s aroma!


Suggested Use

*Find about 20 minutes of undisturbed quite-time.

*Place a single drop of Clary Sage into the palm of one hand, and then rub both palms together.

 *Cup your hands and bring them about 2 inches from your nose (as if you are going to shout) – take 5 deep breaths.

*Place both hands on your lap or knees (palms up).

*Allow yourself to relax and totally let go for 20 minutes.

*When ready, take another 5 deep breaths, open your eyes…and feel renewed!


Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*External use only.

*Avoid during pregnancy.

*Do not use when drinking alcohol.

*Excessive use may cause drowsiness.


I guess this just goes to show me, that what may start out as something I dislike…may someday turn into something I end up TOTALLY appreciating!

I happily encourage you to investigate the many valuable benefits to essential oils through Aromatherapy. When used with care and respect, they will give your life abundant, loving support…Body, Mind & Spirit.

Be well!


*For further information on Aromatherapy, please visit the Book Page on this blog.

Portions on this post gratefully supplied by: “The Aromatherapy Bible” – Gill Farrer-Hall and “Aromatherapy for the Soul” – Valerie Ann Worwood

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

Photo: llona 68







6 thoughts on “Clary Sage…and Emotions

  1. Hi Ron, good morning!

    it’s always a good morning when I open your “footnotes” and find a new post, it’s like sliding down in a warm niche… 🙂

    This about Clary Sage is illuminating in its innermost meaning. I will try it, may be right this evening if I find it, I do need a little help from our never ending wonderful nature to see more clearly in this time of my life.

    Often the answer is right at hand, is just that we are blind to it…

    Have a really nice and CHILLY we Ron!


  2. Howdy Francesca~

    Good Morning to you (as I sit here drinking my morning coffee)!

    Yes, Clary Sage as I said, was one of those aroma’s I wasn’t too keen on, but the affects that I recieved (and continue to recieve) have been wonderful.

    My involvement with essential oils, has given me MANY valuable gifts!

    So….thank you NATURE!

    And thank YOU Francesca, for stopping to read and saying hi!

    Be well,

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  4. Evening Akelamalu~

    Yea…me too. I use to do the same.

    And I LOVE the smell of Sage!

    So, when I took a whiff of Clary Sage….I thought it would be the same. Like I said, it didn’t agree with me at first (others have told me the same thing) however, as I used it….I grew to like it!

    It must be like cough syrup….it doesn’t always taste good….but it’s GOOD for you!

    It’s an excellent oil for females. If you ever have a chance, read up on it….you may find a helpful use.

    Mucho grassy…..for always taking the time to stop by Foot Notes for a read…bless you, Akelamalu!

    Smell well,

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