What is Clary Sage?
A flowering herb that is native to the Mediterranean Basin and parts of Europe such as: Hungary, France and Russia. The essential oil is extracted from the leaves and buds of the plant. Cleary Sage is also known as “clear eye” and “eye bright”, because of its traditional use as a treatment for eye health.
Cleary Sage is a herb in the genus salvia which encompasses all the sages, salvia sclarea is a short-lived herbaceous perennial or bennial. The plant also yields an essential oil called clary oil or muscatel sage, which is used for topical afflictions and in aromatherapy applications. The plant also had a history of use as a medicinal, flavoring agent and aromatic.
How to grow Clary Sage; What to do?
It is a biennial that begins as a rosette in the first year and in the second year it will grow a flower stalk. It is a short-lived plant that usually dies after the second year, in some climates it may persist weakly for one or two more seasons. The plant grows and thrives in full sun and well drained soils. Sage can be grown and planted from seeds, cuttings or layered. The most important step to grow Clary Sage is drainage. Pick or snip the clary leaves any time after the plants are 8 inches or taller. Pick the leaves in the morning for the best flavor. Cut flowering stems once the flowers are three-quarters open. Cut the stems off of the flowers near the base of the plant. The herb is deer resistant, so that it is ideal for the naturalized or meadow garden. The plant can spread by seed but volunteer seeding is usually minimal, it attracts honeybees and other pollinators to the garden. The herb requires a chilling period of at least three months to produce flowers, which is why it is not good in hot climates.
What not to do:
Wet sites can rot the plant or severely affect its growth. Clary sage does not do well in a herb or pottage garden or mixed in a border of perennials.
Description of Clary Sage
The plant can grow up to 4 feet tall and it produces purple-blue flower spikes from late spring until mid summer. The flowers are held in panicles which contain 4-6 blooms.
There are two common cultivators of Clary Sage. One called Turkestanica, it is 3 feet tall with longer flower bracts and a more pronounced blue color. The next one is called Vatican, it is a white flowering clary sage herb with the same cultivation as Clary Sage.
The herb has many uses and benefits such as:
- The herb can be used as a skin balm.
- The herb can be inhaled as a part of aromatherapy.
- Stress reduction- Aromatherapy uses the power of scent to calm the mind and reduce anxiety. Your olfactory system directly affects the part of your brain that regulates emotion, which is why scent can trigger memories and feelings of both negative and positive. It also reduces deep tension.
- Natural anti-depressant- Clary Sage has been tested on both animal and humans to determine its potential benefits as an anti-depressant.
- Alleviation of menopause symptoms- Used for hot flashes, night sweats, irritability and palpitations.
- Reducing menstrual cramps- Apply the oil to the needed area of your abdomen and rub for a soothing massage. The natural chemical compounds are among the most soothing and calming compounds.
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