Every month, thousands of women suffer from pre-menstrual syndrome or other problems related to their menstrual cycles. The pain and hormonal imbalance can cause deep depression, making it difficult for these women to continue on with their daily lives. Still, they do push on, suffering in relative silence. As it turns out, some of that suffering may be unnecessary, thanks to Clary Sage Essential Oil.
This oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves of Salvia sclarea, a plant native to the Mediterranean, north Africa and Central Asia. This plant reaches 3 to 4 feet in height, and has thick, square stems that are covered in hairs. Historians have found records of using clary sage as a medicinal plant dating back to the writings of Theophrastus in the 4th century BCE, as well as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder in the 1st century BCE. So, clary sage has a wide and lengthy history as a medicinal herb, because its fragrance helps lift your mood and make you feel better. Relieving anxiety and fear, its sweet, nutty fragrance is an almost instant pick-me-up.
When used in a diffuser, doTERRA Clary Sage can be used for anxious tension, stress, depression, unease, insomnia and menopause. It is particularly effective in helping to ease depression and generate a more confident outlook on life. The aroma can also boost your creative side and intuition.
Try using it during a massage to enhance your mood. This oil, when used as a massage oil or lotion, can also help with irritability related to Pre Menstrual Syndrome or with insomnia in children 5 and older. It also smells nice, helping with body odors!
For muscle pains, anxiety, cramps, or nervous tension, try using the oil as a massage oil or bath oil. After you soak in clary sage for a while, you'll find your depression and anxiety is lessened, muscular pains are eased, and menstrual problems could very well be alleviated, as well. If you have problems with fragile hair, a bit of this oil can even help with that!
Other uses of this oil, especially when made into a cream or lotion, are to help with skin problems, back pain and a stiff neck, as well as for skin problems. It is particularly helpful for clearing up greasy complexions and balancing the production of sebum of the skin..
In medicinal usage, clary sage has often been used in Jamaica for cleaning and cooling ulcers and for inflammation of the eyes. It is sometimes called 'clear eye,' because the seed of the plant was often put on the eye to remove a foreign object lodged in the eyeball.
If you want to blend this with other oils, it blends particularly well with juniper, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, bergamot, and other citrus oils. You should avoid using this oil when consuming alcohol, though, since it could exaggerate the effects of alcohol in your bloodstream. Another word of warning, avoid large doses of this oil. In large doses, clary sage can give you a headache.