Joined: Aug 09, 2011
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?
Joined: Apr 16, 2011
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.