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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?

Thanks.
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.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20441789


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!
 
 
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