Clary Sage Essential Oil Benefits – Hormonal Balance, Insomnia & More

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Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

Today I'm excited to share with you the benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil. I've been excited about essential oils for a long time now, but it wasn't always that way.  I used to think that essential oils were a scam, but later found out that essential oils really work and ended up writing a lot about essential oils on my site including diving into such details as essential oil emulsifiers, the shelf life of essential oils, and more.

But one of the essential oils that I always thought about trying, but never did, is the one that I am going to be talking about today–that's Clary Sage. I'd heard about Clary Sage Essential Oil benefits numerous times, but I never purchased it. I think I held off because I wasn't sure it would really work, but a few months ago I got really desperate, so I got some.

And believe me, it works.

Before we get into how I ended up using it, let's talk about the many benefits of clary sage essential oil–then I'll tell you my story.

About Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage is a biennial or perennial herb that grows up to 6 feet in height, otherwise known by its Latin name, Salvia Sclarea. It belongs to the family of Lamiaceae. The oil is sourced from the purple-tinted large hairy green leaves of the plant.

It is a native plant of the northern Mediterranean Basin, as well as in some areas in North Africa and Central Asia.

It is different from sage,Salvia officinalis, which commonly used in cooking, and has been used for many years in many multiple medicinal and therapeutic ways.

Clary Sage Essential Oil Benefits

10 Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage is mostly known for its hormonal benefits. And for good reason (you'll see what I mean when you read about how this powerhouse of an essential oil helped me with a recent hormonal (ugh) struggle). But clary sage's benefits go way beyond that. Here's more about this wonder essential oil.

Traditionally, clary sage essential oil has been used for many things, but some of these uses, of course, have not been proven.

Some of the traditional uses include skin health, for use in labor, and for digestive health. There are many benefits of clary sage beyond this post, but here are some of the more well-demonstrated uses of this amazing essential oil.

Reduces Cortisol

In this study in Seoul, Korea on post menopausal women, Clary Sage was shown to reduce cortisol plasma levels. Effects on depression were also noted.

Improves Depression

In this study, clary sage was tested on rats, along with other essential oils to see what the effect on depression would be. Clary Sage had the greatest effect in reducing depressive markers in the rats.

Fights Staph Infections

Due to concerns about the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some researchers are turning to alternative ways to fight stubborn infections. In this study, clary sage was shown to have antibacterial activity against several infectious agents, including Staphlococcus Aureus.

Possibly Helps Fight Candida

Candida is a stubborn yeast infection that troubles many people. I personally have struggled with it and have talked to many who have fought the battle and failed. To that end, anything that can help fight this beast is a welcome addition to the candida-fighting arsenal. In this study, clary sage essential oil was shown to help fight candida by breaking down it's membrane leading to cell apoptosis (cell death).

Lowers Blood Pressure

A study done at the Department of Basic Nursing Science in the Republic of Korea measured clary sage oil’s ability to lower blood pressure in women with urinary incontinence or involuntary urination and found that both clary sage and lavender oil had statistically significant effects on blood pressure.

Antioxidant and Antimicrobial

Extracts of clary sage have been shown to have both antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities and more. (source)


In this study in Belgrade, Serbia, clary sage was shown to have antifungal activity on a number of species including candida albicans, aspergillus, fusarium, and penicillium.

Fights Leukemia Cells

In this study at the Department of Immunology, Hellenic Anticancer Institute in Athens, Greece, sclareol, a compound found in clary sage oil, was found to be effective in creating apoptosis (cell death) for leukemia cells, therein giving hope for future studies in this area.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Linalyl acetate is one of the components that is present in clary sage oil. This study shows how linalyl acetate has been shown to give cardiovascular benefits to those suffering from acute nicotine exposure. The study indicates that future studies on how linalyl acetate and possibly clary sage oil (and other oils) should be studied more in the future for their beneficial effects.

Hormonal Imbalance

This benefit is the one that my experience relates to. As women, we have many issues surrounding our hormones including menstrual pain, mood swings, skin conditions, insomnia, and more. Hormones affect so much and since our hormones fluctuate, things get out of whack. Clary sage has been known to have beneficial effects on hormonal health, bringing balance and relief in all of the above areas.

Who doesn't want balance like that?

Clary Sage Benefits

Clary Sage Oil Benefits, Hormones, and Me

So I told you how I got kind of desperate a few months ago, right? Well, it's true.

Basically, I wasn't sleeping well. Insomnia has been an issue for me on and off over the years, but this time it was bad. I was waking up two to three (or more?!?!) times a night and each time I was sweaty. I'd had sweating issues during the night before but they seemed to be related to body temperature regulation and thyroid disease. This time, however, it was almost for sure hormonal.

Fun times. Not.

Anyhow, I wasn't completely sure, but I was pretty sure that my sweating was hormonally driven, so I looked up natural remedies for night sweats and there it was–in the list of clary sage benefits, numerous times the relief of hot flashes and night sweats was listed.

I. needed. that.

Well, let me tell you, this oil isn't cheap, but boy did it work. I just put a little drop onto my finger and blended it with a good lotion (my favorite is this Jasmine and Ylang Ylang Body Cream from this company. Just DREAMY and ylang ylang is great for sleep so you get an extra bonus there).  You could use any fatty body cream or lotion or carrier oil, but the lotion is so easy to use and super moisturizing too.


Night sweats gone. Not even one since. Amazing.

No more changing my PJs once, twice, or three times in the middle of the night. My washing machine isn't getting run as much and I'm happier. Now, my sleep isn't always amazing, but when I struggle again, I follow the tips in this post about natural insomnia remedies, and typically it isn't that bad.

So the moral of the story is–essential oils aren't a scam. They work. And if you are having night sweats, get this oil. Now.

You're welcome :).

Where to Buy Clary Sage Oil

The essential oil industry is a mess. There are so many companies selling them and every day it seems that there is another company starting to sell essential oils. It's confusing to know what company to trust.

I sought out years ago to find a company that I could trust. You can see the beginning of my search for the best essential oil company or skip to the end here.  What's in the middle is interesting too so you might want to read the whole thing.

There are a lot of other resources on my site regarding essential oil testing and pure essential oils, and even myths about essential oil purity. In all, I think you'll find a lot of resources to help you sort out the industry.

Whether you choose the same company that I did or not, please make sure to order Savia Sclarea oil and that you order from a reputable company.

How to Use Essential Oils

How you use Clary Sage Oil will depend on your situation and desired result. For my situation, I just put a drop of the oil blended with a significant amount of body lotion, as indicated above. Here is more information on how to use essential oils so that you can see other options.

Regardless, please make sure to dilute them properly or use an essential oil emulsifier as needed.

Have you ever used Clary Sage Oil?
What benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil have you noticed?

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  2. Great info thanks!

  3. Just curious if you are familiar with the idea that you should not use clary sage if you are going to have a drink, since it may cause nightmares. I have heard this but not seen much written about it. Just wondering if anyone else has any info on this possible interaction and reaction.

    • I read that in a few places.

    • I’ve never heard about there being an issue. I’ve been using Clary Sage for a year now for homones and sometimes I have alcohol before bed. I don’t get nightmares. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had one. And if anyone is wondering, this oil completely stopped my night sweats!

  4. Is clary sage estrogenic?

  5. Hi, love your blog! You had said you put clary sage on your finger with lotion but where did you rub it into on your body for hormonal balance?

    • Oh sorry – I didn’t do any studying on it – I just rubbed it on my neck area. This isn’t medical advice. I think you will love the scent.

  6. I started researching essential oils about 18 months ago. Partly because i want to be more clean, partly because i dont trust Doctors and prescriptions, but mainly because my sister was taking a cup of medicine(pills) a day. She is down to only 3, from like 30, she feels so much better and she has dropped almost 50 pounds!
    I use clary sage for flea and tick spray, and for hormones. I have read that if your pregnant you should not use it. Have you read anything like that?

  7. Karen Kuhn says:

    THanks for your post on clary sage. I love it!!

    I’m 71 years old and been taking Organic India turmeric/curcumin (2 tabs daily) for (non-diabetic) neuropathy. Apparently my 38 years old daughter and I both have trouble with curcumin causing hormonal changes. She had terrible hot flashes and I had terrible fibrocystic breast pain (normally well under control though natural progesterone HRT). I did some research and read of another gal using clary sage, rosemary, and frankincense. I applied the blend neat, on each side, twice daily and received great relief. I cut back on the dosage to 1 capsule per day, and I’m doing fine. My other daughter, age 42, uses clary sage (neat) on her tummy for menstrual cramps and has said it helps a great deal!

  8. Helen Pocasangre says:

    How its use or apply ?

  9. Thank you for your info! I read your posts about finding the best oil company a few years ago, and started ordering from Rocky Mountain Oils at that time. I have always been very happy with their quality and service! I also love clary sage for hormones. I have mixed it with Vitex berry recently, and have been happy with that blend for hormone balance.

  10. So, what company did you purchase the Clary Sage from? I can’t determine from reading the article.

  11. Thank you for this article and especially for including study references for the listed benefits of Clary Sage EO. I needed this info today. : )

  12. John D Pilla says:

    YES, I gave it to a friend of ours about a year ago, and her later age hormonal symptoms were minimized.
    I also use it as an older male, and yes, applied hours before, it helps wit age related male …
    However, my wife does not like the smell,so hard to get her to use it to help with her 5 years now, late stage hormonal symptoms.

  13. I just started using Clary Sage E.O. last month to try to balance out my hormones. It works really well for cramps, too. I haven’t had as much benefit with the insomnia, but it has reduced the night sweats. I don’t know how these really work, but they do!

    • Hi Beth! Yes, I’m reading up on why this works and have found multiple interesting articles, but I haven’t found anything definitive. Glad that it works, though!