5 Benefits Of Clary Sage Oil
Amazing Uses Of Clary Sage Essential Oil
Historically found in the regions of Italy, Syria and the South of France, Salvia Sclarea, commonly called the Clary Sage Herb today, is used to produce clary sage oil extract on a global basis. The extract is well-known for treating vision problems such as eye strain or tired eyes. The plant is perennial, grows between May and September and is closely related to garden sage.
This essential oil is used to produce perfume, soaps, moisturizers, detergents, and other beauty products. It is the key ingredient in Eau de Cologne, a fragrance that had its origins in the city of Cologne, Germany. Over and above the benefits for vision, clary sage oil can also be used to calm and relax the nervous system and can alleviate depression, stress, as well as sleeping disorder such as insomnia. Treating anxiety-related disorders is ideal.
Treats Bloating And Flatulence
The carminative properties (which means it reduces bloating and flatulence) eliminates gas in the gastrointestinal tract and stomach quickly and effectively. Basically, it works by allowing the body to avoid excess gas and reduce the feeling of being bloated. Few people are aware that gas can be hazardous to your health and even fatal when it begins to create pressure on the internal organs, especially inside the chest cavity. Downward expulsion (flatulence) is, therefore, the recommended route and the extract can also reduce gas formation.
These types of gastric problems are common, and most people will suffer the effects at some point in their lives. Bloating of the abdomen, belching or burping, gas and flatulence are all part and parcel of normal digestive functioning but can become problematic when the symptoms become extreme. These conditions can, of course, be very embarrassing in nature. To prevent gastric problems, it is advisable to avoid eating foods that will produce excess gas such as fatty or fried foods, also quitting smoking, regular exercise, eating slowly, and reducing the intake of carbonated drinks can help control and manage these conditions.
Treats Bacterial Infections
Clary sage oil has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which means that it can be used to prevent, treat and cure bacterial and/or fungal infections. It is particularly effective at treating internal infections in the gastrointestinal tract (colon or intestines), the urinary tract and the general excretory system of the body. It also acts as an inhibitor, reducing the harmful effects of harmful bacteria that may enter the body through food and beverages.
Ear infections are commonly caused by bacteria and viruses that affect young children and babies to a greater degree. UTI or urinary tract infection is another common problem affecting mainly women and results in the infection of the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and uterus. Infections of the respiratory tract that can be caused by bacteria include sinusitis, throat infections, bronchitis, and bacterial pneumonia.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Clary sage extract relaxes the vascular system (veins and arteries) thereby lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, and hemorrhages in the brain. By lowering the blood pressure, the oil provides the added benefits of increased blood circulation which improves the delivery of oxygen to essential organs and muscles, in turn, enhancing metabolic function.
Atherosclerosis or clogged arteries are caused by high cholesterol. The death of cells like triglycerides become trapped in inflamed blood vessels resulting in the formation of a blockage. The body sends white blood cells to respond to this situation which contributes to the narrowing of the arteries. To maintain proper circulation, the heart works harder to force the blood through these narrow channels resulting in high blood pressure. This places extreme stress on the entire cardiovascular system and can result in a heart attack or stroke when a clot sticks in one of the narrowed blood vessels.
Treats Stress, Depression, And Anxiety
Depression is often the result of low self-esteem, confidence or other mental health problems which are all treatable using clary sage oil. It is very effective at treating depression that is a direct result of a loss of a loved one, job loss or other personal problems. The extract is ideal for treating anxiety-related conditions. Additionally, it can assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients suffering from acute bouts of depression.
An Effective Antiseptic
Clary sage extract can be topically applied on wounds and sores to prevent them from becoming infected or contracting tetanus. These antiseptic properties also promote healing and recovery after surgery. Any type of open sore, wound or abrasion that can become infected can effectively be treated with the essential oil.
It can also prevent sepsis from occurring. Sepsis occurs when the body attempts to combat the infection by delivering a flood of chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals cause widespread inflammation or swelling which results in reduced blood flow and damaged organs. In extreme cases, sepsis can be fatal or life-threatening that results in toxic or septic shock if left untreated. It is absolutely essential to know the symptoms of sepsis and seek medical intervention as soon as possible.
Clary sage oil is available from a variety of different producers and manufacturers from around the world which results in chemical compositions that may differ from one another. In general, the extract consists of esters (around 72% concentration) including linalyl acetate which is known for its sedative and antispasmodic properties. It also contains alcohols (about 14%) and sesquiterpenes (around 3%) which have antimicrobial properties.
Clary sage oil is extracted through a process of steam distillation resulting in an oil that is yellow-green in appearance and has a balsamic, sweet, and slightly nutty odor. Composition, color, and fragrance and therefore the properties of the oil may vary dependent on the type of Salvia plant or herb that has been used in the extraction process. The extract can safely be applied topically or inhaled as an infusion. The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has declared the extract as "generally safe for human consumption, and it has been approved as a food additive.