Clary Sage Oil: For De-stressing Your Skin and Mind [History, Uses and Skin Benefits]

This oil is not your regular sage — or your regular clary. Everybody listen up and give it up for clary sage oil!

What's so special about this oil?

Well, imagine coming home after a long day at work — only to do more work. You sit down on the couch and rest your eyes for a while, the things you need to do swimming in your head. Whether it's take-home work or chores around the house, work upon work and more work make us stressed

Sometimes, because of stress, we tend to neglect our skin care routine. I am guilty of sometimes going directly to sleep without doing my PM routine when stress gets me down. But what if doing our skin care routine helps use de-stresses not only our skin but our minds as well?

This moment is where clary sage oil shines the brightest!

Read on to find out how clary sage oil can help us handle stress while helping our skin achieve greatness!


What Is ​​Clary Sage Oil?

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Clary sage oil comes from the flowering tops and foliage of Salvia sclarea or the clary sage plant, through steam or water distillation. The plant is native to the Mediterranean Basin, along with some areas in North Africa and Central Asia. It is currently grown exclusively for its essential oil.

The oil appears a pale yellow to yellow liquid, with a distinct herbaceous and winelike bouquet. Because of its unique scent, the distilled essential oil has found extensive uses in perfumes and muscatel flavoring for vermouths, wines, and liqueurs.

Also, essential oil supporters often refer to clary sage oil as "The Woman's Oil" for its benefits in women's health. Though highly anecdotal, these benefits counteract female hormone-related complaints linked to menstruation and menopause.

​History of ​​Clary Sage Oil

The exact origin of clary sage and its importance in early history is not entirely known. Descriptions of the medicinal use of the plant go back to the writings of Theophrastus (4th century BCE), Dioscorides (1st century CE), and Pliny the Elder (1st century CE). Though it is important to note that no clear sources narrate these writings.

The earliest documented use of clary sage was in 1653. Nicholas Culpeper, in his Complete Herbal, referred to the plant as "clear-eye." This coinage was due to clary seeds use in clearing the eye of foreign objects by being placed directly into the eye.

Different Uses of Clary Sage Oil

Unlike more well-known essential oils with thousands of researches focused on them, clary sage oil research only numbers to a couple of hundred. Despite this lack of studies, this oil continues to be the subject of many kinds of research. Known uses of the oil are the following: 

  • as a scent in perfumery
  • as a flavoring agent for muscatel
  • as a hair oil treatment
  • as an ingredient in several cosmetic products
  • for easing joint pain
  • for handling hormonal complaints
In aromatherapy, clary sage oil is known to relieve stress and provide a sense of concentration and spirituality. Using a diffuser for aromatherapy sessions evenly disperses the vapors so that it can enter the respiratory system more gently.

Skin Benefits of Clary Sage Oil

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Still with me? Great! We now get to find out the benefits of clary sage oil for our skin!

​Reduces Inflammation

A recent study conducted on rats found that clary sage oil has significant anti-inflammatory properties. Though it cannot be used as a preventive measure, clary sage oil can address the physical manifestation of inflammation such as skin swelling.

​Fights Skin Infection

Anti-bacterial qualities can be found often in essential oils, including clary sage oil. A sizeable number of studies focused on the anti-bacterial effects of clary sage.

​In relation, a 2015 study found that clary sage oil is effective on the strains of bacteria tested. The oil reduced the growth of E. coli, attacking the bacteria cells in many ways.

Other research also suggests anti-fungal effects from clary sage components.

Fights acne

Clary sage oil helps to regulate sebum production so your pores stay clean and unclogged. In addition it tones the skin as mild astringent, and reduces inflammation associated with acne. 

​Wards​ ​Off Stress

Looking at the two properties above, clary sage seems to be no different from other essential oils. Arguments exist that it is better to utilize other "more known" oils rather than clary sage. But don't dismiss this oil just yet!

Though the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of clary sage oil are considered average, nothing, to date, can beat this oil when it comes to anti-stress effects.

A study on several essential oils found that out of all the oils tested, clary sage oil had the most potent anti-stress effect. The feel-good hormone dopamine, closely linked to the oil, is responsible for this, according to the researchers.

How to Use ​Clary Sage Oil

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Don't jump right on to bed just yet! End your stressful day with a little de-stressing, for your skin and your mind, with clary sage oil. This inexpensive oil can make your PM routines work double for you — soothing your skin and mind, both at the same time!

You can incorporate drops of the oil into your existing skin care products for a hint of that de-stressing scent. ​Feature the oil in your upcoming DIY projects if you're more of a DIY gal. Clary sage oil blends well with citrus oils, lavender, juniper, frankincense, and geranium.

To inspire you, here is a moisturizing and clarifying DIY moisturizer with clary sage oil and tea tree oil!

​Moisturizer with ​Clary Sage and Tea Tree

  • small saucepan / double boiler
  • small heatproof glass bowl
  • small glass jar

How To Prepare and Use It? 
  1. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat to low and warm shea butter in a small heat-proof glass bowl in the pan. Or if you have a double boiler, you can use that instead.
  2. Cover and simmer the shea butter on the lowest heat setting for 1 hour.
  3. Add 15 drops of essential oils. Mix well.
  4. Let the oil cool until it’s almost solid.
  5. Whip the mixture 5-6 minutes on high if you use a stand mixer, or until smooth if by hand. It should look like foam and form peaks.
  6. Store the moisturizer in a glass jar at room temperature. If stored in the fridge, the cream will harden and will be more like a butter.

Use on clean face, after applying toner and serum. You can use this moisturizer in both mornings and evenings. While tea tree oil helps with preventing breakouts, the hint of clary sage oil will de-stress you — for a fresh start in the day and a peaceful sleep at night.

Is ​​Clary Sage Oil Safe?

There are no significant dangers in using clary sage oil topically. However, always remember that individually, we all have different skin, and what works for one person might not work for you. So it is still best to practice caution in using essential oils.

The number one precaution we must practice for all essential oils is to dilute them in a carrier oil. No ifs and buts when it comes to dilution! Unless you want to risk having chemical burns from very strong EOs. Read this guide on properly diluting your essential oils.

​Always perform a patch test when using a new oil. Dilute a small amount of the ​EO in a carrier oil and ​place a drop of it on the inner ​area of your ​elbow. Leave it on for 24 hours and observe the skin for any reactions.

For safety purposes, it is not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use essential oils without consulting medical professionals.

​In addition, for children and the elderly, it is highly advised to contact your physician or doctor before using oils. Self-treatment of chronic diseases by applying clary sage oil may also hold serious consequences without professional advice.

How to Choose ​Clary Sage Oil

As with all carrier oils, remember not to buy clary sage oil from food stores. Apart from these reminders, here are the things you should look for when choosing your oil:

  1. 100% essential oil
  2. Therapeutic grade
  3. Steam-distilled
  4. Undiluted
  5. Unadulterated​

​I highly recommend the clary sage oil from Plant Therapy. I am continuously impressed by the oils from this brand. They provide great quality oils for a reasonable price. You will definitely feel luxurious when using their oils.

Clary Sage Oil: For De-stressing Your Skin and Mind [History, Uses and Skin Benefits] - Pretty Blooming

Final thoughts

Consistency is key in achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Yes, life can get very stressful, but this shouldn't stop us from soothing our skin!

The good thing is that clary sage oil can help us soothe our skin and mind. Incorporating this oil to your routine will transform your mornings and evenings to a de-stressing sesh.

Of course, when in doubt, research! Studies regarding clary sage oil continue to be published. So there is always some study that can address our doubts.

Thank you for reading the post!

Have you used clary sage oil before? Any DIY recipes you love doing with this oil? Share in the comments below!

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About the author

Valeria struggled with acne for fifteen long years. Everything changed after adopting a "science-first" approach. Now she loves her skin, and help other women get acne-free through coaching and online programs.


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