Clary Sage Essential Oil

History and Origins: Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea L.) is a hardy evergreen shrub that is native to southern Europe. As you can see in the photos below, this beautiful plant has fuzzy heart-shaped leaves and multiple pale-blue, lavender-pink, or white flowers. Throughout the European continent, Clary Sage can be found either growing wild or in home gardens. It has a long history of use in both Greek and Western medicine traditions and is also passed through generations of the traditions of European wise woman elders. Clary Sage is documented in the herbals of Roman times.

 

The definition of the English name for Clary is derived from the Latin word clarus, meaning “clear.” The name of the genus, Salvia, is derived from the Latin word salvere meaning “to save or heal.”

Aromatherapists view Clary Sage essential oil as a key vital remedy. Clary Sage is re-emerging as a major aromatic ally for women. It is one of several remedies with profound effects on neuroendocrine functions.
~ Peter Holmes, Aromatica

Physical Properties: Clary Sage essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, astringent, mucostatic, carminative, digestive stimulant, nervous and cerebral restorative, anti-depressive, a mild euphoric, reproductive restorative, agalactic, venous and pelvic restorative, and neuromuscular, uterine, intestinal and respiratory relaxant.

Physically, Clary Sage has the unique ability to calm and relax tension, while also stimulating and restoring tissues and organs. It possesses a sort of inner plant wisdom to adapt and change to varying conditions. For example, when needed, Clary Sage can effectively relax the uterus resolving painful periods. But when conditions are different, in the case of stalled labor, the very same oil can facilitate uterine contractions. It has long been used as a woman’s remedy and has a history of treating everything from cramps to menstrual irregularities and mood swings. Additionally, it is very useful in transitions within the hormonal spectrum over a woman’s life: Used for treating peri menopausal and menopausal symptoms such as night sweats, fatigue, poor concentration and memory, vaginal dryness and low libido. It can also aid the mini-transitions that happen over the course of one moon cycle in a menstruating woman.

Clary Sage acts as a restorative and anti-depressive to the nervous system, a decongestant and relaxant to the respiratory system, and a relaxant to the digestive system. Supporting depression, asthma, and spasmodic coughs, as well as intestinal cramping, IBS, and colic.

Topical safety status: Non-skin irritant, non-sensitizing.

Precautions: Use Clary Sage oil with caution during pregnancy in general. It is not contraindicated but deserves awareness in regards to exposure due to uterine affinity. Because of its untested hormonal actions, it should only be used with caution internally in estrogen-dependent conditions which may include cysts, endometriosis, and cancers.
~ Peter Holmes, Aromatica

Aromatic Profile: Clary Sage contains elements of sweet, green, and wood. It is a middle note. The High Sclareol variety of Clary Sage produces a fresh, delicate top-note which elevates into a rich, sweet, herbaceous note.

Appearance: Pale yellow or emerald green fluid mobile liquid.

Blends well with Lavender, Roman chamomile, Atlas cedarwood, Geranium Rose, Bergamot, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Blue Tansy, Jasmine, Cypress, and Petitgrain.

Research: In 2012 at Hungkuang University, in Taichung, Taiwan, a double-blind study for menstrual pain was conducted. Essential oils blended with lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and marjoram (Origanum majorana) in a 2:1:1 ratio was diluted in unscented cream at 3% concentration for the essential oil group. All outpatients used the cream daily to massage their lower abdomen from the end of the last menstruation continuing to the beginning of the next menstruation. Participants reported a 79% reduction in menstrual pain. You can read about the study here.

Here is a Recipe for you to try for PMS pain

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Wishing you all the Best, Angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balancing Estrogen

Estrogen can be one of the most misunderstood hormones that cause women the most grief during peri-menopause and menopause. I’ll break it down and then share some foods with you that can help keep the balance.

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Estrogen is the hormone that dominates the female body. It isn’t a single biological compound though. In fact, there are several forms of this hormone. The three primary forms are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3). If that isn’t confusing enough, there are also phytoestrogens (estrogen-like substances found in plants) and xenoestrogens (chemical pollutants that mimic estrogen in the body).

The E2 hormone’s primary function is to regulate ovulation in a woman’s reproductive years. During menopause E2 levels decrease as the ovaries don’t produce any more eggs. We have over 300 estrogen receptor sites in the body and this dominating hormone plays a role in over 400 bodily functions. Many of these functions include mood, energy production, muscle strength, intestinal function, libido, brain function, and bone density.  So you can see how things can get a little wonky if your estrogen levels are either too high or too low. E2 helps the body absorb minerals, decreases LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and balances triglycerides, which reduce your risk of heart disease. If E2 levels are too high, you have an increased risk of uterine and breast cancers. When E2 levels are too low, which is common in menopause, you can be at risk for difficulties with sleep, fatigue, memory issues, depression, and increased risk of blood clots.

E1 is the main form of estrogen produced after menopause. The ovaries ask the liver, fat cells, and adrenal glands to assist in the production of E1. If your liver is sluggish and your adrenals are taxed, it makes this job more challenging. During a woman’s reproductive years the body converts E1 to E2, but after menopause, this conversion ceases. 

E3 is a milder form of estrogen and its primary function is to protect the intestinal tract, vaginal lining, and breasts. Studies show that vegetarian women have higher levels of E3 and lower rates of breast cancer.

Taking synthetic hormone replacement therapies can put you at risk for breast cancer and heart disease. This is why I always look to food, lifestyle changes, and supplements first.

3 Foods to Balance Estrogen

Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil provides the body with lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride, which improves hormone production, overall cholesterol levels, skin health, and much more!

Kale, and other dark leafy greens like spinach, provides the body with a boost of natural magnesium, an essential mineral needed for over a hundred enzymatic processes including hormone synthesis. They also provide iron and zinc, which are also necessary for hormone health.

Nuts & Seeds, such as  – Ground flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds contain phytoestrogens, which work to give the body an additional boost of healthy estrogen while suppressing estradiol (E2), the culprit in most estrogen dominance situations. Sunflower and sesame seeds contain high amounts of zinc and Vitamin E, which have been correlated with a higher production of progesterone. This is critical for women who have estrogen dominance, a common problem, and need to counteract it and stabilize with high levels of progesterone. Seed rotation is one of the best ways to get hormones back on track.

A Quick and Easy Estrogen Balancing Recipe

Heat a saute pan over medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon of Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil. Add a heaping handful of Kale and other dark leafy greens, plus 1 clove minced garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and top with Nuts & Seeds. Salt and pepper to taste or drizzle some coconut aminos over it and enjoy!

Other options: add clean protein and top with pomegranate seeds.

Visit www.AngelaSidlo.com to learn more ways to balance hormones with aromatherapy products, the 14-day hormone balance detox, or custom menu plans.

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