(NaturalNews) Sometimes we need a lift during winter -- a dash of joy, fortification against illness or just a bit more verve. Clary sage may help. Topically, this essential oil is treasured as a stress reliever, antidepressant and aphrodisiac. It also enhances the immune system, eases headaches, calms eczema and lowers blood pressure. Seeking more joy in life? Clary sage is a classic 'euphoric' -- inspiring mental states of confidence, joy and pleasure. Internally, it improves digestion and reduces inflammation. Oil pressed from clary sage is one of the most pure and stable forms of omega-3 fatty acids around. As an added benefit, active compounds in the herb wipe out bacterial infections too.
Enliven the spirit and calm the nerves
When life becomes a monotone grey, a little boost from clary sage may be helpful. An outstanding source of linalool, clary sage uplifts the mood while decreasing stress. As a remarkable nervine, it soothes the nervous system -- reducing convulsions, spasms, headaches and anxiety. Externally, clary sage essential oil can be diluted and applied to key acupressure points on the temple or used for massages. People have reported feelings of 'intense euphoria' when the oil was rubbed onto the soles of the feet. A few drops in bathwater will assist in nurturing emotional equilibrium, reducing worry and supporting a tranquil confidence.
Clary sage can also rejuvenate the libido. Equally valuable for both men and women, clary sage melts frigidity, dispels impotency and boosts sexual desire. The stress reducing properties of the herb along with the presence of sclareol (a hormonal stimulant), help to balance and improve sexual function.
The essential oil of clary sage softens dry skin, cools eczema, smooths wrinkles, reduces hair loss and strengthens gums too.
Savor the taste, enjoy the health benefits
The leaves, flowers and oil of clary sage can all be used internally. Traditionally, fritters were made from fresh young leaves while the flowers were brewed as a tea or tossed into salad. Clary sage is an excellent cooking herb, adding an earthy flavor to dishes. For a safe and effective tea, add a drop of essential oil to hot water. Just make sure to use therapeutic grade essential oils to avoid harmful additives. As an excellent source of stable vegan omega-3 fatty acids, clary sage oil is an exceptional alternative to fish fats. It is also a phenomenal antibacterial agent -- eliminating infections of the lung, intestinal and urinary tracts. A strong infusion can be made with either the flowers or essential oil and inhaled to heal respiratory complaints -- including whooping cough. Clary sage soothes digestive upset and lowers blood pressure as well.
*Please note: Use of clary sage is contraindicated during pregnancy.
In all forms, clary sage offers a cornucopia of benefit. Brighten your days, ignite passion, tame stress, fend off infections and more with this versatile herb.
"The Health Benefits of Clary Sage Oil" Suite 101 Natural Medicine. Retrieved on November 1, 2012 from: http://suite101.com
About the author: Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.