Sunday, May 1, 2016

Product Focus: Clary Sage Essential Oil

Selah oil blends that contain Clary Sage essential oil:

May be used as a deodorant (Price, 93).

Neurotonic and energizing essential oil to relieve depression and stimulate the mind (Price, 230).

Used in massage with ylang ylang and sweet marjoram to help improve blood pressure (Price, 325).

Used for relaxation during labor (Price, 247).

During active labor, Clary Sage may help increase uterine contractility and also act as a stress reducer and antidepressant (Buckle, 380).

Blended with sweet marjoram and lavender in studies to help with Parkinson’s disease with success (Price, 271).

When applied to wrists or temples, it is relaxing (Schnaubelt, 65).

Depression, nerves, sore throat, aches and pains, debility, as a sedative (Worwood, 399).  

Other Uses:
Acne, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, boil, calming, depression, digestive ailments, emotional balance, flatulence, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, kidney disease, menopause support, muscle pain and stiffness, PMS, rash, sedative, sore throat, stress, wounds, hair loss, dandruff, dry skin, whooping cough, asthma, menstrual pain, colic, high blood pressure, aphrodisiac, hysteria, and paranoia (Althea Press 313), (Purchon, 50-51).

Applications for Clary Sage Essential Oil:

Topical: Apply to affected area, temples, tip of nose, neck, so on as desired.
**Recommended Dilution:
Adults: 2-3 drops essential oil to 1/2 tsp of carrier oil (organic olive, jojoba, coconut, almond oils, etc)
Children & Babies: For dilution guidelines, click here.

Inhalation: Diffuse or rub a drop on palms and inhale.

Internal: Generally regarded as safe for human ingestion by FDA** -- For dosing instructions, seek the advice of a licensed physician. Not intended for consumption with children under 6 years old. Use in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.
**It is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (Schnaubelt 96).

Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy, (1995), p. 96

May irritate the skin if used undiluted.

Not intended for use on babies.

Use with caution during pregnancy.

Not intended for consumption with children under 6 years old. Use in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.

If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.

Do not put essential oils inside your ear canal.

Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils, (2012).
Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook For Everyday Wellness. (2014)
Schnaubelt, PhD., Kurt. Advanced Aromatherapy (1995).
Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition. (2014).
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. (1991).