Aromatherapists and related alternative health practitioners often use clary sage as an essential oil in their treatments, and supporters believe it has many health benefits. Below is a list of possible health benefits for clary oil. It is worth noting that many of the studies listed below either involved small numbers of participants or were carried out on animals rather than humans.
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the antidepressant and stress-fighting effects of several different essential oils in rats. The oils used included clary sage, chamomile, rosemary, and lavender. The study found that out of all the oils tested, clary sage oil had the most potent anti-stress effect.
The researchers concluded that clary sage oil could be an effective treatment for people experiencing depression.
They also suggested that the effect of the oil was closely linked to the feel-good hormone dopamine. A study published in in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that inhaled clary sage oil significantly lowered blood pressure and calmed the breathing of women with urinary incontinence undergoing assessment. The paper includes the suggestion that inhaled clary sage oil may be an effective way of promoting relaxation. Another piece of research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that including clary sage oil in the food of animal subjects lead to a significant reduction in dominant and anxious behavior.
Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in found that an extract of clary sage had significant anti-inflammatory effects in rats.
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The researchers concluded that the clary sage extract could be an effective treatment for the inflammatory gum condition periodontitis. It is worth noting that the study also found that applying the same clary sage extract 3 days before infection did not appear to have a preventive effect. Different sage plants have long been thought to improve mental function in various ways. A review looked at the effects of various sage plants, including clary sage.
The author found that sage plants seem to be associated with improved memory, greater alertness, and potential Alzheimer's-fighting effects. The same review also noted the anti-depressant and anti-stress effects of clary sage mentioned above. Many essential oils, including clary sage oil, are thought to have antibacterial qualities. A study looking at the antibacterial effects of clary sage essential oil found that its antibacterial qualities worked against all strains of bacteria tested.
Clary sage essential oil was also found to reduce the growth of E. Other research has also suggested that some of the chemical components of clary sage have anti-fungal effects. A study comparing the antibacterial and antifungal effects of six different essential oils also found clary sage to have antibacterial and antifungal effects. However, these effects were less significant than most of the other oils that were tested. As research has found positive effects of clary sage oil when inhaled, taken via the mouth, and applied directly to inflamed areas of the body, there are many options for how someone can use it.
Users should make sure to select percent essential oil. Aromatherapy : Around 2 to 3 drops of clary sage oil, such as these , can be mixed with water and other essential oils and diffused into the air via an essential oil burner. When vaporized, clary sage oil can help to fight bacteria and other germs in the air. Skin : Add about 6 drops of clary sage oil to 1 oz. Add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to the bathwater to soothe sore muscles and improve mood. When rubbed onto an injured area, it can have a direct antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic effect. Oral : Add around 1 to 2 drops of percent essential oil to tea, smoothies, or food for a soothing effect, and to help reduce inflammation in the gums.
Various sources make claims about clary sage oil increasing estrogen in the body, but at least one study that investigated the estrogen-boosting effects of different essential oils did not seem to agree. The study did, however, suggest that geranium and rose otto essential oils might boost estrogen. Other supposed risks or side effects of clary sage oil seem to be largely anecdotal and appear not to be well supported by research. A reasonable precaution would be to test a small area of skin before applying the oil to large areas of skin and avoid using clary sage oil before driving or operating heavy machinery.
People should also stop using clary sage oil and consult with a medical professional if any issues arise. People who wish to use them should speak to their healthcare provider first and be sure to obtain the oils from a respected supplier. These benefits include anti-depressant and anti-stress effects, likely connected to the hormone dopamine. These effects could make clary sage an effective natural remedy for low moods. It is worth noting that many studies do not involve large groups of humans, however.
Clary sage oil has also been shown to lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety , and be a great all-around stress buster. There's some suggestion that, as a member of the sage family, it may even have a positive impact on memory and mental function. Finally, clary sage oil has been shown to have excellent anti-inflammatory and moderate antibacterial effects, as well as anesthetic properties. It is worth keeping in mind, though, that clary sage oil does not appear to prevent inflammation but instead acts as a treatment for it.
These are the top 3 posts that come up on google search:. More often than not, the information perpetuated by the collective is incorrect and hence we end up with this kind of incorrect information circulating through social media.
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The instillation of 1,8 cineole into the noses of young children is clearly not a sensible procedure, but this should not be taken to mean that any preparation containing 1,8 cineole is highly dangerous to children per se. What is instillation? For those of you who are wondering what instillation means: this is when an atomizer, inhaler, or drops are used to introduce a substance directly into the nose. According to Tisserand and Young , The instillation of 1,8 cineole into the nose results in both oral ingestion and inhalation of this component.
Toxicity or poisoning results in various manifestations from irritated mucous membranes, tachycardia, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, muscular weakness, drowsiness and coma. Tisserand and Young, citing: Melis et al , Reynolds , Wylie et al , and Decocq et al It would also be wise to understand that we are talking about Eucalyptus or 1,8 cineole as isolated ingredients, not within the framework of a blend or formulation.
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I believe this is important because rarely does an aromatherapist use a single essential oil and certainly never, an isolated component. Although for sure, instillation into the nose or placement on the face, may still be relevant depending on age of child, essential oil used, dilution, etc.. First, a review of papers sometimes cited on the internet as examples of the so-called dangers of eucalyptus or other 1,8 cineole rich essential oils. I say this because I think it is interesting to note the dates on the papers. We were trained to always find the original paper in its entirety before making a judgement as to the quality of information or the resulting abstract.
I have done my best to find or purchase the entire paper of each of the following research papers presented. When I was unable to find the paper, I make note of that too. To be continued…….. Please note: Part II was never written. If time opens up in the future I shall revisit this discussion. Warm regards, Jade. Tisserand, R.
Essential Oil Safety. Bless you for confirming what I concluded, but needed an influential voice in the community to say it. Thank you Nancy! So happy that this clarified what you had concluded already. Thank you for this article. And the point you make about blends containing the oils is crucial.
I would like to know though what your take is on page of Essential Oil Safety, 2e where it says:. Most of the book does seem to address most frequently the major cautions as being applied near the face, but there is this one mention that I quoted that seems to imply more. Hello Lauren, Thank you for sharing this. I really appreciate it as I did not look there.
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This section is specifically on Infants and Nasal instillation. It is unclear by the words chosen what they actually mean but I would interpret inhalation to be things like direct palm inhalation, inhalation direct from the bottle, steam inhalation, or via an inhaler. They do not specifically point out diffusing so this is something to ask Tisserand and Young directly. Will send off an email to ask Tisserand about this. At least that is how I would interpret it. Will keep you posted if it is meant to be something different.
Diffusion and inhalation are two different things…inhalation being more direct and close to the face than diffusion, at least typically. Hope that helps. A while back Tisserand on his Facebook page did draw the distinction between direct inhalation and diffusion in the room. Saying that diffusion in the room would be considered safe. But it would probably be best to clarify this directly with him. Thank you for clarifying this safety information.
Thank you both for this bit of discussion, I am new 15 months to the world of essential oils and I appreciate your wisdom, time and making this information available. Intelligent, insightful, resourceful as always, Jade. Thank you for taking the time to better the aromatherapy community. Wonderful post Jade…… I too find this common theme with herbs like Lobelia and such.
Hi, Jade, Thank you so much for venturing to write on this topic. I am also currently researching essential oil safety in the literature, and it is difficult to navigate as so much is vague in the wording, study design, etc. While there has been research performed and some adverse reactions reports collected, we certainly, and unfortunately, do not have a complete body of knowledge or documentation within the formal literature. Because of this, I feel we are always comparing the research results to our anecdotal evidence from case studies and historical uses, and shooting for the proverbial middle ground.
I have also raised my son with aromatic and herbal medicine without adverse reactions, but, as you state, I feel it is because I have taken the adequate time to develop a working relationship with each essential oil. I feel it is crucial as an aromatherapist to do this, as it naturally leads to safe and appropriate doses and applications.
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Simultaneously, as more and more people are using essential oils and want to learn how to use them, we have to keep striving for clearer guidelines for safety and sustainable practices. And, I think what you are doing is a huge part of that process. Thank you again for your work! Thank you Amanda. What an inspirational post. I agree with you very much. Jade, I love in-depth EO focus like this.
Thanks for posting it. In my aromatherapy work with special needs kids, I caution parents against using any strong scents like eucalyptus or peppermint, either directly or indirectly around the kids. I know of one child who seized after eucalyptus exposure from household cleaning but no direct contact and again months later in the kitchen where Mom was frying bacon…both strong scents…resulting in two not-so-fun ER visits. This was in the early teens with no previous seizure history, and the child was autistic. Essential oils are a great way to add not just gorgeous natural scents to products, but have therapeutic properties, too, provided they are used correctly.
First and foremost, essential oils are extremely powerful.
Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids extracted from plants, generally by distillation but also by expression or solvent extraction. At the newborn stage, the list of safe essential oils for your baby is very small. Lavender and Roman or German Chamomile are the most commonly used essential oils safe to use at this young age, both effective in calming and soothing your baby and as a sleep aid.
Neroli essential oil has many healing properties, including mood enhancing, antiseptic, sedative and digestive properties.
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Neroli essential oil also disinfects and kills bacteria, helps boost the immune system by fighting common coughs, colds and mucus; and promotes the generation of new cells in growing children. Eucalyptus radiata is relatively gentle and non-irritating for children, effective at the first sign of coughs and colds. Geranium essential oil assists with bruising, crying, jaundice or thrush. Rose otto helps to soothe, stabilise and relax and heal rashes whilst tea tree with its antiseptic, antifungal and antibiotic properties helps to fight common colds, earaches, thrush and insect bites.
At this age, your baby is introduced to many new things. She is likely being introduced to many new people, as well as many new foods. Tangerine essential oil has natural detoxifying benefits, and like Cardamom essential oil, both are digestive stimulants suitable for your baby.
Your toddler is now fast growing up, interacting with other children more frequently and eager to learn. Essential oils of grapefruit, ravensara, ormensis and yarrow are natural remedies for supporting the immune system, with antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oil of ginger supports aching muscles and acts as a digestion aid, along with coriander essential oil.
Helichrysum essential oil is an antifungal and anti-inflammatory — a great natural remedy for cell regeneration of active children. Thyme linalool is an anti-microbial, stimulating brain activity and aiding in memory and concentration of curious young minds.