If I asked you to choose the oil that is most known for relaxation and sleep, what would you say? Most people would say lavender. It’s certainly the most popular calming oil, but it’s not the only one.
Clary sage essential oil has an earthy, floral, slightly fruity scent. The flower and leaves are used to make the oil, and it’s known as one of the must-have oils. Clary sage is a sedative, known for its euphoric drug-like effect. It has calming effects on the nervous system and has also been known to help lower blood pressure. Clary sage also helps reduce feelings of depression and is wonderful for balancing hormones and easing PMS symptoms like menstrual cramps.
All of these things can improve your sleep!
A 2014 study found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36 percent and improved thyroid hormone levels. The study was done on 22 post-menopausal women in their 50s, some of whom were diagnosed with depression. At the end of the trial, the researchers stated that “clary sage oil had a statistically significant effect on lowering cortisol
and had an anti-depressant effect improving mood.”
Clary sage oil has also been reported to help with night sweats.
INHALING CLARY SAGE OIL
You can smell it right from bottle, add a drop to a carrier oil, like coconut oil, and rub it on your hands then inhale it, or by using an inhaler tube.
I just started using inhaler tubes, and you can get them on Amazon. They come in a few pieces, and you start by adding a few drops of oil to the cotton wick-like thingy. (It looks like a little O.B. tampon.) Then you put it inside the plastic inhaler tube, snap the lid on it, and there’s another tube that fits over it and snaps into place so you can carry it with you without making everything in your purse smell like oil.
Inhalation of essential oils seems like the least fun way to use them, but it really works. Inhaling a scent gives it direct access to the brain’s limbic system where 50% of the scent is typically absorbed.
Diffusing clary sage is also another simple way to add it to your life. You can add a few drops of it on its own or with other oils. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the smell of clary sage. I use it because it’s amazing, but I prefer to blend it with other scents that I love. Citrus oils are great for adding to make a smell more palatable. Or smell-able.
DILUTING IT AND APPLYING TO FEET
You can also dilute clary sage oil in a carrier oil and put it on the bottom of your feet. Any time of the day would work, but if you’d like to use it in your evening routine, at least 20-30 minutes before bed is perfect.
Absorption of essential oils can vary from 20 minutes to 2 hours, and the soles of our feet have much larger pores than the rest of our body. The skin on the bottom of our feet is less sensitive than on other areas of our body, and every nerve line in the body ends in your feet. Reflexologists claim that certain areas of the feet correspond to the body’s organs.
A NOTE ON DILUTING ESSENTIAL OILS
Unless the oil you bought is already diluted, which is sometimes the case with synergy blends or roll-ons, always add essential oils to a carrier oil before applying them directly to your skin. Essential oils are very potent, so if you’re making a quick handful of oil to rub somewhere on your body, use a tablespoon-sized squeeze of carrier oil in your palm and a drop of essential oil.
More is not better with oils. It takes about 250 lbs of lavender plants to produce one pound of lavender essential oil. One drop is usually all you need.
One of my favourite ways to use clary sage oil is during my period, when I’m feeling that achey heavy feeling in my abdomen. Once properly diluted, you can add clary sage, which has anti-inflammatory properties, right to your sore, crampy belly.
Other oils that are great to use with clary sage for hormone-balancing and PMS symptoms are roman chomomile, ylang ylang, geranium, frankincense, and grapefruit.
CLARY SAGE OIL IN A BATH
Another way to use clary sage for its calming benefits is to add it to your bath.
You could add a few drops once the tub is full, or, since oil and water don’t mix, a longer-lasting way is to add a few drops to a scoop of epsom salts while the water is running. Again, if you’re not crazy about the smell on its own, it’s nice with lavender, or grapefruit, or another citrus or floral scent you love.
For relaxation, blend clary sage with vetiver, lavender, bergamot, marjoram, cedarwood, wild orange, patchouli, marjoram, or rosemary.
BLENDING CLARY SAGE WITH OTHER OILS
Clary sage smells lovely blended with:
Florals like geranium, lavender, and jasmine
Lemon, bergamot, and other citrus oils
Wood oils such as frankincense, cedar wood, and sandalwood
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Do not use clary sage oil during pregnancy or while drinking alcohol, or both, really.