Salvia sclarea, which is also referred to as clary sage, is a biennial herb that is native to Africa, Central Asia and northern Mediterranean regions. Salvia sclarea has been used medicinally for almost 2,000 years, and it is still used today for a variety of health-promoting purposes. As with any herbal supplement you should talk to your health care practitioner before taking salvia sclarea.
Essential Oil Topical Benefits
Extracts of salvia sclarea are available as an essential oil, which is distilled from the flowers and leaves of the salvia sclarea plant. The essential oil is made up primarily of alcohols and it is sold for external use only. Salvia sclarea essential oil can be rubbed on the body and it has pain relieving, muscle relaxing and anxiety-reducing properties, reports the text "Nursing Herbal Remedies Handbook." According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, the oil is also used topically to remove thorns and splinters from the skin and to help treat tumors.
Extracts of salvia sclarea are also available as oral supplements in capsule, powder and tincture form. Oral salvia sclarea purportedly helps to reduce inflammation in the body. It also has astringent properties, meaning it causes the body cells to contract, tightens mucous membranes and reduces the discharge of fluids. In addition, salvia sclarea has estrogenic properties, and it is thought to stimulate and boost the actions of the female hormone estrogen.
Purported Oral Uses and Benefits
In folk medicine, salvia sclarea extract is used as a general health tonic. It is purported to help treat mental fatigue, depression, anxiety, kidney disease, tension and migraines as well as to prevent and treat muscle spasms. It is also used to promote oral health and treat sore throats, bad breath and toothaches. Due to its estrogenic properties, it is used to restore hormonal balance, and to relieve symptoms of both premenstrual syndrome and menopause. Herbs2000.com states that salvia sclarea is beneficial for the treatment of a variety of digestive problems, such as upset stomach, gas, and both chronic and acute indigestion.
Salvia sclarea is generally recognized as safe, and there are no reported side effects. Despite its safety, pregnant and breastfeeding should avoid the herb. Due to the effect that salvia sclarea has on estrogen, people with estrogen-related disorders such as breast cysts and uterine fibroids, should avoid long-term use of this herb. It should be noted that the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database warns that there is currently insufficient research to determine the efficacy of salvia sclarea for its purported uses.
- "Nursing Herbal Medicine Handbook;" 2005
- Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: Salvia Sclarea
- Herbs2000.com: Clary