Clary Sage

Latin Name

Salvia sclarea

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Linalyl Acetate, Linalool

Distilled Component

Herb top flowering

Traditionally Known Properties

Contains a compound similar to estrogen (helps regulate the menstrual cycle). Regulates secretion of sebum and perspiration. Tonic for the scalp Improves blood circulation. Diuretic. Reduces cholesterol. Antispasmodic, antiepileptic, relaxant. Neurotonic. Aphrodisiac. Phlebotonic.

Precautions

Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and children under the age of 6. Beware of potential hormonal effects: not recommended for women with hypoestrogenism, fibrocystic breast disease or with a family history of gynecological cancers.

Anecdote

Clary sage is believed to lead towards the spirits and the gods. More than 2,000 years ago, the Celts were convinced that clary sage had a bewitching effect: they used it to prepare the herbal tea and infusions they drank to enter in a trance during religious ceremonies. These trances were quite similar to epileptic seizures. In the Middle Ages, the clary sage was nicknamed "clear eyes" because of its ability to cure eye disorders.