To capture their oils, the clary sage (salvia sclarea) and dalmatian sage (salvia officinalis) are both distilled. I prefer clary sage, and I love oil of sage mixed with lavender for a classic cleansing effect. It is often recommended with lavender and rosemary as a hair conditioner. It is a stimulant to the skin and helps heal breakouts because of its cooling effect. It is effective on normal, blemished, or over-hydrated skin. Sage is great in the bath and is an effective deodorant.
It is wonderful in toners and astringents and has a clean scent. I also like it in the bath with lavender and juniper for a relaxing, pleasant, detoxifying experience.
Sage is antiseptic, healing, disinfectant, astringent, so is used in sick rooms, directly on insect bites, and as a mouthwash. Clary sage is used to regulate hot flashes for women during menopause. The essential oil is used as an anti-depressant. Because it is euphoria-producing, it is also known to be an aphrodisiac.
Clary sage oil has a high content of linalol. Pure essential oil of clary sage is very expensive, often used in skin care products for older women to maintain youthful appearing skin.
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