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Six Reasons To Use Clary Sage Essential Oil For Hormone Imbalance

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If you are looking for an essential oil to help with hormone imbalance, especially with PMS and menopause, Clary Sage is at the top of the list. First, let us explore where this powerful essential oil comes from.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), is steam distilled from its flower buds and leaves. It is commonly found in India, Bulgaria, and France. The aroma is floral and sweet with herbaceous notes. It has a similar appearance to lavender, as well as some like properties.

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As women, we all go through both PMS and menopause at some point in our life. Some of us don’ have all of the unpleasant symptoms. Some of us have a few. Still, others may have “all of the things.” If this is you, know you’re not alone, and this too shall pass. Don’t lose hope. There may be some help, naturally, with the use of essential oils. And perhaps you can avoid having to “pop another pill!” So what happens to women’s bodies during these two events? Well, we have a significant dip in hormone levels. Within our menstrual cycle, it happens mid-cycle, where the levels begin to drop.

These levels reach the lowest levels right before your monthly period and throughout. In Menopause, this drop starts occurring a few years before “the change” happens. This transition is called perimenopause when the drop begins to occur. When menopause follows, much of the hormone production comes to a halt.

Some symptoms of menopause are: hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, anger, depression, anxiety, decreased concentration, insomnia, brittle bones, and muscle shrinkage, decreased libido and vaginal dryness, dry skin. Wow! That’s a lot. 

Likewise, PMS has some of the same symptoms. Additionally, we may experience discomfort associated with our monthly visit, as well as irregularity.

Women have complicated bodies and sometimes these symptoms that are experienced are extremely severe and affect our lives greatly.


Clary Sage has a very interesting chemical structure. Without getting you confused, just know that there are certain chemical components in all essential oils that give them their special therapeutic properties. The 2 main components of Clary Sage are linalyl acetate and linalool. What we know about Linalyl acetate is that it acts as a calming agent. It also acts as an anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Linalool has very similar actions. So oils that contain both of these components are the best to use for these very things.

Lavender is another example of an oil with both of these components. We all know that Lavender is best known for its calming effect. Now the cool thing about Clary Sage is that it also contains a small percentage of the chemical component sclereol. Sclereol has been shown to convert to human estrogen in the body. These actions of Clary Sage are what make it such a beneficial essential oil to use for hormone balance during PMS and menopause. When it is used in its purest form.


As mentioned, stress and anxiety become common symptoms of PMS and Menopause. Clary Sage offers actions that combat these symptoms as it calms and relaxes the central nervous system. When experiencing insomnia and sleep disorders, this is something that is very important to note.  It’s the ideal oil for emotional disturbances and sleep issues. Especially when blending with other similar oils that do the same, such as lavender and Ylang Ylang. This blend can really calm the mind. It can also soothe your body from feeling tense and stressed. And, ultimately help you get a good night’s sleep.


Unfortunately, a depressed mood and the overall feeling of sadness are common during PMS and most certainly menopause. It is hard for many women to deal with the transition that menopause brings. And, of course, the hormone loss is no help. Clary Sage, while it is very calming, also promotes an uplifting feeling, emotionally. Not so much making you want to jump up and run a few miles, but in a way that your mind is clearer. By the way, running a few miles may also give this same effect. We have all heard of serotonin and the boost that exercise gives us. It makes us feel so good. This is similar to the feeling that I am talking about with Clary Sage.


With all of the stress, anxiety and depression factors; often this brings some disruption to our digestive system. Clary Sage has been recognized as an effective essential oil to use for digestive discomfort. Specifically when stress is a playing factor. Because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties alongside the calming actions, this oil is very successful in decreasing spasms in the GI tract that may be causing nausea, bloating, gas and overall feeling of “ugh”. Using it in blends with certain oils like anise, sweet marjoram, and bergamot, you are sure to have some relief from these bouts of discomfort.


Because, again, there are anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic actions, Clary Sage can be very effective in relieving menstrual cramps. This may also be adding to your digestive discomfort and together can really make you feel just miserable. Applying blends with Clary Sage to the abdomen and pelvic area, several times per day when experiencing this discomfort can be very effective. I do want to make mention, that there have been a small number of women that have reported heavier flow with the use of Clary Sage. Just be mindful and stay observant of this when you start using it. Clary Sage has been noted in making an irregular cycle, more regular, with everyday use.


With hormonal imbalance, at times, comes acne on our skin. Using Clary Sage in skin blends and cleansers is a good choice because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory actions. The specific bacteria that it is known for fighting is Staphylococcus epidermis, which is highly responsible for acne breakouts.


If all this wasn’t enough, Clary Sage has other impressive jobs that it likes to perform. It is often used in respiratory blends, especially when asthma is concerned and when anxiety is present to worsen the attack. It can be concluded that it has an immuno-stimulant factor because of its chemical structure, and it’s great for massage blends, where sore muscles are involved. All in a little bottle. Amazing stuff, right?

Quick Blend for PMS Help

Grab a 10 ml amber glass roller ball bottle and add 9 ml of a carrier like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil  You can easily do this with a medicine cup and small funnel or a 10 ml syringe. Add 4 drops clary sage, 2 drops ylang ylang and 1 drop jasmine. If you don’t have jasmine, you can use lavender or roman chamomile. Roll across areas of pelvis/abdomen and back of the neck. There is an area at the inner foot, close to the ankle, that is directly connected to the reproductive system in Chinese medicine and reflexology. It is called the vita flex point and when working with oils for women’s hormones and reproductive organs, this is the area of focus.

In conclusion, Clary Sage essential oil is at the top of the list, for my picks of essential oils to try during PMS and menstruation. And, for transitioning into menopause. I hope this has been informative for you and feel free to comment on your personal experience with these issues or your use with Clary Sage.

Although I am a healthcare professional, I am not a physician. My suggestions, products, and education are not meant to replace the advice of a doctor.  Always consult with your medical provider regarding your medical care. Information and statements, regarding our products, have not been evaluated by the FDA. 

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