Clary sage essential oil (Salvia Sclarea) is obtained through steam distillation from flowering tops of clary muscat (Salvia sclarea L.), a family of laminocae (Laminaceae) or labiatae (Labiatae).

For the first time “Muscat” this kind of sage began to be called in Germany, as its taste, according to the Germans, resembled the taste of Muscat wine.

Dishonest traders used sage, adding it to cheaper wines, so that their taste was similar to the taste of real muscat. The results of such actions were sometimes appalling: even from a small amount of such fake wine, a man got drunk very quickly, and the hangover after him was simply unbearable. Muscatne sage is also called royal or large (because the height of this plant can reach 1.5-2 m).

Origin and spread of the plantClary Sage Salvia Sclarea Plant

Mediterranean view. It is assumed that his homeland was the island of Crete, from where he got to Ancient Egypt and was used in Alexandria for the preparation of fragrant oils.

The plant wildly grows in the south of Europe, the Caucasus, Asia Minor, Iran, some parts of Central Asia. As an essential oil plant is widely cultivated throughout the world, especially in the countries of the Mediterranean, Central Europe, England, Morocco, Russia and the USA. In the south of Crimea it occurs in the wild, grows on stony slopes and as a weed in the gardens.

Clary sage oil properties

Clary sage oil muscat is a light, flowing, colorless or light yellow liquid with a characteristic fresh floral and nut-herb aroma with a sweet bitter wine or amber tinge. Some perfumers describe it as dry, tobacco and tea like with balsamic nuance.

Clary sage oil uses

Bactericidal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, tonic, spasmolytic, mild antihypertensive, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, diuretic, carminative, expectorant, immunomodulating, soothing, wound healing, balsamic, deodorizing.

Sage oil is a strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent, which is not only a good fragrance for rooms, but also a means of preventing acute respiratory diseases. It has a softening effect for chronic and acute inflammation of the respiratory system.

Relieves the condition with whooping cough and bronchitis with an asthmatic component (relieves bronchial spasms and helps to get rid of anxiety and emotional stress, often found in asthmatic patients). The oil brings relief with more in the throat, cough, laryngitis, tonsillitis, facilitates the rapid restoration of the hoarse voice, which is very valuable for speakers, lecturers, singers.

Strengthening the immune system and increasing the adaptive capacity of the body, Clary Sage Essential Oil has a general strengthening effect. It gives additional energy during the rehabilitation period, contributing to recovery after illness (especially after the flu), and also during the postpartum period and with depression.

Increases the functional activity of the stomach, improves digestion, eliminates gas formation in the digestive tract. Possessing spasmolytic action, eliminates gastric and intestinal colic, contributes to the escape of gases during flatulence. Effectively removes inflammation of the gums and oral mucosa during periodontal disease, pulpitis, caries. Eliminates bad breath. It is considered a good tonic for the kidneys.

Positively affects the functional state of the cardiovascular system: improves microcirculation, promotes the gradual recovery of functions after reversible strokes, has an antihypertensive effect (lowers blood pressure). Helps to quickly warm up muscles before sports.

Clary sage oil increases sexual activity (has the properties of aphrodisiac) and contributes to the normalization of hormonal status in men and women. It is believed that sage oil stimulates the endocrine function of the gonads and has an estrogen-like effect, and stimulates the activity of the pituitary gland.

Possessing the ability to normalize hormonal disorders, oil softens the problems of menopause, regulates the menstrual cycle, reduces premenstrual tension, reduces the soreness of menstruation (weakening spasms). As a means of stimulating menstruation, it is useful to use it in the absence or scanty menstruation.

It is better to apply it during the first half of the menstrual cycle, since in the second half there may sometimes be severe bleeding. In the menopause period it is recommended to use clary sage oil in combination with geranium oil for baths and foot baths.

In the old days it was believed that sage – the strongest means of infertility, which helps to easily conceive a child. Sage oil is a good tonic for the uterus, facilitating childbirth, reducing the likelihood of postpartum depression and giving future mothers a sense of confidence. If a woman who is breastfeeding needs to stop lactation, the use of sage oil stops the production of milk very quickly, preventing inflammation and compaction of the mammary glands.

The clary sage oil balances the nervous system: it simultaneously has a calming and general toning effect. By activating the central nervous system, sage oil restores strength, improves mental and physical performance, improves concentration, increases memory capacity and productivity, evokes intuition, enhances creativity and creativity. At the same time, oil has a calming, relaxing and antidepressant effect.

Inhalation of oil vapors helps to relieve nervous tension, causes mild euphoria, a sense of inner well-being, harmony and joy of life. This is one of the most powerful relaxing aromatherapy means that can cope with stress, mental or emotional stress, a sense of anxiety and often arising with this tension in the muscles (muscle spasms and contractures). Has an anticonvulsant effect.

The warming and relaxing effect of oil helps with fever and panic. Eliminates asthenia, weakness, apathy, indifference to life. It gives hope in times of depression and anxiety. Relieving the general tension, oil helps with headaches and migraines. Being an anti-stress, it helps to solve problems of a sexual nature.

Eliminates tremor of the muscles and facilitates trembling of hands in chronic alcoholism. Helps get rid of drug and drug addiction.

Recommended for oily, normal and mature skin. Promotes the regeneration of the skin, prevents its premature aging and the appearance of wrinkles, helps to keep the skin young and healthy.

Eliminates excessive sweating and unpleasant body odors, is a natural deodorant. Effective in pustular lesions of the skin. Reduces skin inflammation in psoriasis, eczema and other types of dermatitis.

Heals cuts, wounds, burns. It removes itching and irritation with herpes and thrush. Reduces excessive production of sebum, especially on the scalp. Restores strength and tone of hair, stimulates their growth. Cleanses greasy hair, helps to get rid of dandruff.

A fragrance repellent repelling mosquitoes. It is an antidote to insect bites.

Clary sage oil benefits

Immunosuppression, secondary immunodeficiencies, frequent colds, whooping cough, tracheitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchial asthma, tonsillitis, laryngitis, acute respiratory infections, influenza (prevention), tuberculosis, air disinfection; hypertension, cerebral hemodynamics disorder, cardiac rhythm disturbance, tachycardia, arterial hypertension, neurocirculatory dystonia with high blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis.

Functional disorders of the nervous system, neuroses and neurosis-like conditions, nervous tension and anxiety, fear states, depression, asthenia, neurasthenia, hysteria, nervousness, paranoia, convulsions, memory impairment, decreased mental activity, migraine; violation of the menstrual cycle, dysmenorrhea, painful menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, frigidity, impotence, infertility.

inflammation of the mucous membranes; stomatitis, hepatitis, gastritis, decreased appetite, indigestion, flatulence, decreased intestinal motor function, constipation, muscle spasm, colic, colitis; infectious diseases of the urinary tract; edema, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, neuralgia; dermatitis, eczema, boils, pustular rash, hyperhidrosis (increased sweating), skin aging, burns, poorly healing wounds, cracks, bruises, herpes, hair loss, baldness.

Clary sage oil recipes

  • In the aroma lamps – 2 – 5 drops per 15 m2 room.
  • Hot inhalation: 1-2 drops, the duration of the procedure is 3-5 minutes.
  • Aromamedials: 1-2 drops.
  • For massage – 3-5 drops per 10 ml of base oil.
  • Reflexomassage: mix with the basic vegetable oil in a 1: 1 ratio.
  • In the bath – 3 – 7 drops of oil, pre-mixed with an emulsifier (1 / 4-1 / 3 cup of milk, whey, sea salt or kitchen salt).
  • In the foot bath: 6 -7 drops of pre-emulsified essential oil.
  • Saunas: 4-5 drops per 15 m2.
  • Rinse: 2 – 4 drops mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of soda or honey dissolved in 200 g of warm water.
  • Water compresses, lotions hot: 10 drops per 1/2 cup water.
  • Oil compresses, cold lotions: mix 15 drops with 2 tablespoons of base oil (avocado, jojoba, wheat germ).
  • To enrich the finished cosmetic products (creams, lotions, shampoos, hair conditioners) – 3-5 drops per 5-10 ml of the base.
  • To care for the oral cavity: Add 5 drops to 10 ml of alcohol and dissolve in 100 ml of water (sensitive gums, infections of the mouth)
  • Drops in the ears: 3-4 drops per 15 ml of the base oil.
  • Mask for hair: 8 drops for 30 ml of base oil. Rub into the scalp for several minutes. Wrap the towel and leave for an hour or more. When splitting hair can be applied to the ends of hair.

Other applications

The oil has good durability. In the perfume and cosmetics industry it is used as a perfume and fixative for odors in the manufacture of perfumes, colognes, creams, pastes and other cosmetic and perfume products.

Muscat-sage essential oil is used in the food industry for the production of non-alcoholic beverages, liquor and confectionery products to give them the aroma of muscat. It is interesting to use essential oil of clary sage to model a bouquet of aged wines and to correct the aroma of dry wines.

Part of the muscatine sage is processed by extraction method to obtain a concrete, which is used to produce high-quality creams. Concrete, in addition to volatile components, contains up to 50% clorazole (bicyclic diterpene alcohol, diterpene diol).

Sclareol can also be obtained from plant residues after steam distillation of the essential oil. Sclareol is used for the synthesis of fragrances with the smell of ambergris, and also as a fixative in the perfume and cosmetic industry. It is used to produce amber and ambroxide, important components of perfume compositions.

In the tobacco industry, essential oil and skladoreol are used for the aromatization of expensive varieties of tobacco.

Clary sage oil blends well with following oils

Sage oil blends with oils of basil, geranium (pelargonium), oregano, jasmine, cedar, cypress, cinnamon, lavender, incense, juniper, santalum, pine, thyme, citronella and citrus essential oils (bergamot, grapefruit, limetta, etc.).
A complimentary flavor is a limit.


Palmarosa – with excessive perspiration
Bay, Lavender, Nard – with hair loss
Juniper Red – for dandruff
Sage Muscat + Geranium + Rose (2: 3: 1) – PMS
Sage Muscat + Cypress + Incense (1: 1: 1) – with asthma

Side effects of clary sage oil

Check the fragrance for individual tolerability. Sage oil Muscat is undesirable to apply for epilepsy, glomerulonephritis, pregnancy and during the desired feeding of the baby with breast (oppresses lactation). Use with caution when hypertension is high.

Muscat sage preparations can not be combined with alcohol (can cause nausea, nightmares and even hallucinations) and iron-containing drugs. It should be borne in mind that sage-nutmeg oil has a strong soothing and relaxing effect, as a result of which it can disperse attention and even cause drowsiness.

In this regard, it is not necessary to carry out procedures with this oil before driving the car and performing other types of work that require concentration and attention.

If you use oil in significant doses, you may get a headache. With prolonged use in high doses of oil can cause narcotic intoxication. When applied to the skin causes burning, redness for 3-5 minutes – these reactions are natural.

Storage conditions

Essential oils are stored in tightly sealed vials of dark glass at room temperature in a place inaccessible to children. Avoid direct sunlight. Shelf life: with the tightness of the packaging – more than 5 years.