Saturday, April 3, 2010

Scented Saturdays 4 - Clary Sage

A member of the Herbaceous family, Clary Sage (also known as Salvia Sclarea)has been used for centuries. In the middle ages it was used to heal various eye problems. Clary Sage actually used to be called "Clarus" which means clear. The benefits of are not limited to vision though, Clary Sage directly stimulates the hypothalamus which is responsible for reproductive hormone regulation.

Clary Sage was used by Egyptians to promote fertility and is also used to regulate the menstrual cycle.

Clary Sage is NOT recommended for pregnant woman. It causes the uterus to contract so it can possibly cause miscarriage. However some suggest that after 37 weeks it can be used to stimulate labor. Opinions vary and others suggest to only use it if you are overdue. It is also recommended not to use this oil if you are breastfeeding.

Clary Sage is a favorite of creative types and prophets alike who swear by the herbs ability to inspire. Clary Sage relieves anxiety, fear, paranoia and delusions and promotes vivid dreams and dream recall. All of this is also due to the effects that Clary Sage has on the hypothalamus.

Adding 2 - 3 drops of clary sage oil to a warm compress and placing it on the abdomen helps relieve menstrual cramping.

For anxiety, depression and nervous tension use 2-3 drops as vapor therapy or place in a diffuser.

Clary Sage mixes well with Anise, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Thyme, Hyssop, Jasmine and Frankincense, Nutmeg, Lime, Cedarwood, Clove, Juniper...

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