We are giving away four copies of Dan Chiras' book The Natural Plaster Book.
Dan will be answering your questions in the finishes forum Monday through Friday!
See this thread for details
Permies likes medicinal herbs and the farmer likes Clary Sage vs. Turkey YumYum Sage permies
  Search | Permaculture Wiki | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login

(the sound is wonky for the first 20 seconds)

daily-ish email

micro heaters

rocket mass heater


permies » forums » living » medicinal herbs
Bookmark "Clary Sage vs. Turkey YumYum Sage" Watch "Clary Sage vs. Turkey YumYum Sage" New topic

Clary Sage vs. Turkey YumYum Sage

Angela McNamara

Joined: Aug 09, 2011
Posts: 3
Location: Southern Ontario, Zone 5
Does anyone know how the properties of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) differ from the common Sage (Salvia Officinalis) and other wild varieties?

I would specifically like to know why Clary Sage is always used for the essential oil. Is it simply more aromatic?

Jonathan Byron

Joined: Apr 16, 2011
Posts: 225
There are somewhere between 700 and 900 different types of Salvia or sage, lots of differences between different plants in that genus. I did some digging on clary sage recently and bought a small bottle of the essential oil.

It's traditional uses in aromatherapy include promoting mental clarity, opposing anxiety and depression, an aphrodisiac, relaxing muscles and reducing spasms,  bringing on menstruation (among other things).

This article found that it acts on the dopamine receptors, which are associated with reward/pleasure - that could explain some of the effects on mood.


In my experience, it's aroma starts out a bit harsh, but it soon becomes sweet. It reminds me of frankincense.
Angela McNamara

Joined: Aug 09, 2011
Posts: 3
Location: Southern Ontario, Zone 5
I didn't know the connection to dopamine. Thanks!
subject: Clary Sage vs. Turkey YumYum Sage
Similar Threads
What's in your garden today?
plant of the day "salvia hispanica"
Critters in the garden
smoking blends
why does mint get such a bad rap ?
cast iron skillet 49er

more from paul wheaton's glorious empire of web junk: cast iron skillet diatomaceous earth sepp holzer raised garden beds raising chickens lawn care flea control missoula electric heaters permaculture videos permaculture books