Are there essential oils that you can’t live without? Most likely yes, and here’s one more to add to your must-have collection: clary sage.
If you aren’t familiar with clary sage, it’s a powerhouse oil that aids in many conditions. It belongs in your roller ball or diffuser collection.
We’ve compiled a list of 12 ways to use clary sage. Let’s take a look.
Stress is a killer. It’s a significant reason for serious underlying conditions, not to mention early signs of aging. It causes depression and other mental disorders. It can rob you of your appetite for life and your creativity.
One of the top uses for clary sage is a stress reliever. Clary sage is a natural, very mild sedative. Using it regularly creates feelings of calm and reduces the body’s fight or flight response.
Use three to four drops in a diffuser for a calming air quality or clary sage diluted in a carrier oil in the bath for a relaxing self-care activity.
Itchy scalp can ruin your self-image faster than just about anything. Dandruff and flakes make you feel unclean, and while you can try a lot of different expensive medicated shampoos, all you need is clary sage.
It helps protect the skin from infections and irritations. It regulates the sebaceous glands so that hair grows healthily without overactive oil. It also helps the skin turn over faster and with less irritation.
The best way to put clary sage into your haircare routine is to dilute five drops of the oil into a tablespoon of liquified coconut oil. Rub into the scalp before you wash your hair. This will protect and condition your scalp against the harsh effects of shampoo and other soaps.
At some point, you’ve probably heard of the toxic effects of regular deodorant and antiperspirant. You may have even tried to give it up, but you quickly found that you need something to stay fresh throughout the day.
Clary sage is naturally anti-microbial, one of the causes of the smell in your perspiration. Using clary sage as a natural deodorant allows your body to fulfill the natural process of perspiring without having to put up with the smell.
Put a few drops into a spray bottle of water and spritz under your arms. You can also combine it with citrus or lavender oil to add extra depth to the fragrance.
Aid respiratory problems
If you have trouble with your sinuses or have asthma, certain fragrances can either help clear those pathways or make them worse. Clary sage is one of the former.
Using clary sage in a diffuser helps to open up air pathways and reduce swelling and congestion in the sinuses. Put a few drops into a diffuser and use around the clock to maintain the positive effects on your breathing.
Prevent bacterial infections
Antibiotics are a wonder of science, but their overuse has contributed to the rise of incurable conditions. We are all better off using western antibiotics as little as possible.
So what are we supposed to do? Clary sage has anti-microbial benefits and using it helps to fight infection without encouraging antibiotic-resistant strains. It is particularly useful for bacterial infections of the colon or urinary tract. It curbs the growth of harmful bacteria while helping to preserve the good.
It also helps to disinfect wounds naturally. The site of the wound is a good place for bacteria to enter the body, and keeping the wound clean using clary sage prevents this breach.
Clary sage is an aphrodisiac. It boosts the libido in both men and women by encouraging the production of sex hormones. It also creates the conditions for better sex through healthier sleep and stress reduction.
If you can sleep restfully and reduce the amount of stress and anxiety in your life, your sex life improves almost instantly. Add on top the aphrodisiac benefits of clary sage, and your sex life should be back on track before you know it.
Relieve menstrual discomfort
Numerous studies have shown that clary sage helps to balance hormones and reduce cramping. Clary sage oil manages the tensions created by uterine spasms, and the smell of clary sage is a painkiller.
A study done by Oxford University suggested that the scent of clary sage was a potent painkiller in childbirth along with chamomile oil. These effects were safe and did not have effects on the baby.
Clary sage can open blood vessels to aid in circulation. In one study, women inhaled clary sage and waited one hour. After that time, their blood pressure was measured, and those who had inhaled clary sage experienced a decrease in systolic blood pressure.
They also experienced a decrease in diastolic blood pressure as well as a reduced, more even respiratory rate.
These studies suggest links between clary sage and greater, more sustained relaxation especially in times of heightened stress such as in surgeries.
Promotes Overall Skin health
Clary sage works as a natural remedy to rashes. It works similarly to jojoba oil because the skin absorbs it easily and efficiently. It has a naturally occurring phytochemical that aids this absorption.
It is particularly effective when used with jojoba oil. You can use the oil as a carrier for the clary sage oil.
Clary sage boosts digestive juices making it easier for the body to absorb nutrients from food. It relieves indigestion symptoms and minimizes cramping and bloating. As the body gets better at absorbing nutrients, your digestive system begins to heal itself.
Better digestion means better bowel movements and reduced abdominal discomfort due to gas and bloating. It can also improve ulcer conditions or other wounds in the stomach.
Improve oral health
Another antimicrobial use of clary sage is that of oral health. The environment of the mouth is full of bacteria, beneficial and otherwise, and maintaining the balance of flora is essential to oral health. This can directly affect the health of other systems such as cardiovascular.
Problems with bad breath and sore gums are relieved by the regular use of clary sage in your brushing and rinsing routine. It helps to balance the flora of the mouth and reduce inflammation. It also has antifungal properties for those who have immune disorders and frequent problems with thrush.
For best effects, put a few drops into coconut oil along with powdered sea salt to make a paste. Brush gently to massage in and then rinse.
Clary sage works on some things that can make depression worse. For example, lack of sleep and constant stress can push the mind into a state of depression.
Clary sage helps individuals to relax and to obtain more restful sleep. It can also help balance hormones, another factor in depression.
Time to Add Clary Sage Essential Oil To Your Collection
It also induces a euphoric state for those that inhale the fragrance regularly. Using it in a diffuser on a regular basis helps to clear the mind. Use it in conjunction with lemon oil for the best benefit.
Clary sage should be one essential oil that you can’t live without. In fact, if you still aren’t convinced, you might want to see it in action!
It is an all-purpose, powerhouse oil that improves the body and mind on a cellular level. Having it as a mood booster, antimicrobial, and relaxation enhancer puts you on your way to living your best life.
Do you have clary sage in your toolkit? Let us know your favorite way to use it in the comments below!
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