Clary Sage Essential Oil Uses (15 Best Ways To Use Explained)

clary sage essential oil uses

Research dictates that clary sage has a rejuvenating effect on the muscular system. It’s ideal for perking up tired old muscles and joints, even relieving tension through a soothing massage rub. The toning effects of the oil is well sought-after, and its ability to regulate women’s health is beautiful.

It’s a gentle oil, but its powerful fragrance has a strong touch, so much so that it’s used as an aphrodisiac. So many invaluable uses to explore, and with these recommended recipe blends, you’ll get the chance to do just that! Use these recipes to explore the uses of clary sage in an effective, efficient way.

1. Sound Sleep Blend

This diffusion blend takes just a few minutes to prepare and offers you calming relief as you drift off to sleep. Use a warm bowl of water or a timed electronic diffuser by your bedside. Choosing distilled water assures that the vapors you inhale add to your experience.

  • 500 ml warm distilled water
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops marjoram

Add the water to a bowl or diffuser, mix well. Begin diffusion 15 minutes before bedtime. If you don’t have a diffuser, leaving the steaming mix in your room with the door closed will fill the air with the beauty of this blend. Sleep well!

2. Mind-Freeing Massage Oil

Try it for neck tension or that tender spot in the small of your back. Treat yourself to a massage and ask your therapist to use it where you are most tight. Breathe mindfully as you inhale this blend’s complex aroma. Doing so gifts you with peace of mind.

  • 30 cc of your favorite carrier oil
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops rose
  • 3 drops frankincense

Blend well and store in a dark glass bottle. Massage, using repeat strokes and increasing depth of touch to promote quality absorption.

3. Blues Away Pulse Point Oil

This oil gifts you with a quiet meditative state of mind. You feel peaceful, and from this place you find confidence and clarity, bringing you daily tranquility. By massaging this oil into your pulse points, you are literally getting to the heart of the matter.

  • 30 ml carrier oil
  • 6 drops clary sage
  • 6 drops ylang ylang

Add together and blend well. Apply a small amount to one set of pulse points, right and left sides of your body.

You can alter the points used to assess results!

  • Wrist pulse points at the inside of the wrists below the thumb.
  • Elbow points are located on the inside of each arm.
  • Knee points are in the middle at the back of your knees.
  • Or try the pulse points on the inside of your ankles!

4. Sleep Sound Depression Relief

Depression and being in bed may not result in the restorative, refreshing sleep you need and desire. This clary sage blend gifts you with a calm, sound sleep, bringing the peace and clarity you long for.

  • A soft cotton pad or cloth.
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops roman chamomile

Drop the oil blend onto the cotton pad or cloth. Place it beneath or near your pillow.

5. PMS Give-Me-Peace Inhaler

PMS is something else. The moodiness, tears that come out of nowhere, and general grumpiness are no fun. This handy inhaler can go anywhere with you in a purse, backpack, or pocket.

  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops rose

Locate a small glass bottle made of sturdy dark glass. Next find a soft small cotton cloth that fits in the bottle when folded. Fold cloth and place in bottle. Drop the oil blend onto the cloth.

During your day, open your bottle and inhale the PMS blend. Gift yourself with some peaceful moments, allowing the blend to permeate your being. Replenish each day as needed.

6. Monthly Massage Magic

A clinical trial published in 2012 concluded that this blended formula is suitable for women experiencing primary dysmenorrhea. These are the cramps that show up just before and during menses and are not linked with other reproductive issues. Here’s an extra plus—these are the same oils used in a blend that supports improved sleep!

This blend uses a carrier oil such as jojoba and a 2:1:1 ratio of oils to create a 3% dilution.

  • 30ml carrier oil
  • 14 drops lavender
  • 7 drops clary sage
  • 7 drops of marjoram

Add the oils together, blend well. Massage thoroughly in circular motions onto your lower abdomen. Feel free to rub on the small of your back too—on that place that feels so sore from cramping.

Note: study participants used the blend every day from the end of one period to the beginning of the next.

7. Cramps Begone Bath

This soothing bath blend is calming to inhale as it offers refreshing cleansing, relief from those cramps and limits moodiness.

  • 3 drops  clary sage
  • 3 drops marjoram
  • 3 drops roman chamomile
  • 1 tbsp of any dispersant of your choice, such as honey or milk

Fill bath with warm water. Add the oils and swish thoroughly to distribute throughout. Relax for 20 minutes, refreshing with warm water to avoid a chill. Use care in stepping from bath.

8. Wisdom Bouquet Massage Blend

Clary sage calls for quiet reflection, grounding you in the wisdom you have acquired over the years. This bouquet of floral oils reminds you to honor your story while beholding others entering their own time of blossoming.

  • 30 ml of a favored carrier oil
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops rose
  • 3 drops geranium

First pour the carrier oil into a small glass jar. Add the essential oils, and use as an abdominal massage.

You can also apply this blend to wrist pulse points to promote heart-centered peacefulness.

9. Clary Sage Chest Rub

Your squeaky nasal passages and congested chest will welcome the warming of this calm yet invigorating chest rub. It aids in opening breathing passages as it provides uplifting support for your weary, chilled self.

  • 30 ml almond carrier oil
  • 6 drops clary sage
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 6 drops peppermint

Drop the carrier into a glass bottle. Add the essential oils and blend thoroughly. Gently rub oil onto upper chest.

Use twice daily, rinsing and drying skin thoroughly before each new application. This blend makes a 2% dilution, so reduce to 1 drop each of the oils in 10 ml of almond carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.

10. Clary Clear-Me Inhalation

Lack of adequate rest when you feel congested and sick is wearing and frankly quite unnerving. This inhalation can be delivered via diffuser or vaporizer. Use of distilled water assures that you inhale the freshest of vapors.

  • 500 ml of warm distilled water
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops rose

Blend the water and oils, and add to your diffuser. Begin diffusion 15 minutes before bedtime. Sleep well!

Note: Use caution with pets, especially those with breathing concerns. Check in with your pet’s veterinarian for their recommendation. Consider having your fur darling sleep in the other room for the night.

11. Clary Sage Tummy Rub

This tummy rub stimulates digestion by blending clary sage essential oil with touch. Intestines respond well to touch to keep things moving. This adds to the effects of clary sage oil being richly absorbed into the skin of your abdomen. Just think of the relief when you feel overfull, gassy, or constipated!

Prepare this 2% blend using:

  • 15 ml of your favorite carrier oil
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops roman chamomile

Blend well, and gently rub the oil onto your abdomen. Massaging your abdomen below and over the navel in a clockwise motion follows your large intestine, coaxing wastes on their way.

12. Clary Sage Toning Skin Balancer

This floral toner shares the fresh airy beauty of flowers as it renews and invigorates your skin. Think of the suppleness of youth! That is the benefit you gain from regular use of this loving blend. Clary sage also bestows skin protection from microbes, a true benefit for warding off blemishes.

  • 30 ml avocado carrier oil
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops rose
  • 3 drops geranium

Pour the avocado carrier oil into a small bottle (This oil adds regenerative and protective benefits). Add the essential oils and massage gently on the skin you wish to tone. Remember your face might be oily and arms dry. You can use this blend for both!

Note: Use avocado oil with caution if you have a nut allergy. Sources vary in opinion about avocado oil as a nut. An option is to substitute with another oil such as evening primrose or sunflower.

13. Flair My Hair Shampoo Blend

This shampoo blend nourishes your scalp as it is absorbed into the layers below. Those layers include hair follicles and glands that produce oil. The value of this blend is that it encourages regeneration and balancing where it will be of greatest benefit.

  • 240 ml of castile shampoo.
  • 40 drops clary sage
  • 40 drops cedarwood

Begin with the castile shampoo, add the oils and blend well. Best to keep this in a dark glass bottle. Use generously during shampoo; rinse thoroughly. Luxuriate in this shampoo’s lovely aromas.

14. A Little Dab Will Do!

You’ll place that little dab where you see shiny scalp, when really there should be hair! This essential oil blend is made from the same oils as the shampoo. This time you’ll put them in a carrier oil so you can safely dab spots to encourage hair regeneration. Just think, if you have the oils on hand, you can begin today!

  • 20 ml avocado carrier oil.
  • 6 drops clary sage
  • 6 drops cedarwood

Blend together for a 2% dilution. Apply each day to those vacant spaces on your scalp, gently massaging to promote oil absorption.  (See note on avocado oil at #12)

15. Sleep Well Memory-Making Balm

Here’s a blend to aid your sleep through the night, with the added bonus of offering you clarity throughout the coming day. Marjoram is a tonic for your central nervous system, thus offering balancing qualities. Lavender offers gentle support when sleep is frequently disrupted.

  • 60 ml of your favorite carrier oil
  • 18 drops clary sage
  • 18 drops lavender
  • 18 drops marjoram

Blend everything well (this makes a 3% dilution). Apply balm to forearms and upper chest 15 minutes before bedtime. If you prefer a lighter application, rub into wrist pulse points. Sleep well!

The Bottom Line

  • Clary sage promotes a state of peacefulness and tranquility. The oil is so calming that it promotes healthy sleep time and relieves the mind of worry and stress. If you’re bombarded by anxiety and depression during your waking hours, clary sage may help you relax.
  • Clary sage helps regulate women’s health, including premenstrual syndromes and menstrual cramps.
  • The oil is perfect when used as a chest rub to decongest. It warms and quiets feelings of discomfort that may occur in the airways.
  • Constipation and flatulence have no hold on clary sage. The oil works against indigestion and calms an upset stomach.

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