Clary Sage

Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea

Background & Origin

Clary sage is a plant that has roots in the Northern Mediterranean, as well as in North Africa & Central Asia. Traditionally used as a medicinal plant from as early as 2400 years ago, it was particularly useful in clearing foreign objects from the eyes, due to the mucus-like surface of the plant that allowed for easy adherence to objects. The name Salvia is derived from the Latin salvus (safe, secure, healthy), an adjective that is also connected with salūs (health, well-being, prosperity or salvation), and salvēre (to feel healthy, to heal).


Salvia sclarea or “clary sage” is an aromatic plant that is used in a number of ways. Clary sage oil is used in aromatherapy as an anti-stress agent, an antioxidant and antimicrobial (Kačániová (1) et al., 2023; Cui et al., 2015). The essential oil is a safe oil with no adverse effects. Sclareol isolated from Salvia officinalis is widely used as a fragrance material conferring herbaceous, sweet and slightly musky aroma. Sclareol is known to confer anti-photoaging effects to the skin and has a role in reducing skin wrinkling (Park et al., 2016).


For Normal, dry & combination skin, except for people allergic to salvia or rosemary. Suited towards people with photodamaged skin.

Uses in our products

Antioxidant, Smoothing, Clarifying, Mood balancing, freshening, fragrancing.

Featured In

  1. Hans et al. 2023. Essential Oils, Academic Press, Pages 459-478, ISBN 9780323917407
  2. Kačániová (1) et al. Int J Mol Sci. 2023 Mar 8;24(6):5179.
  3. Park et al. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2016 Dec;15(4):475-483.