Plant/part : Herb/flowering tops and foliage
Latin name : Salvia sclarea
Family : Labiatae
Note : Top to middle
Extraction : Distillation
Aroma: A herbal, nutty fragrance, somewhat heavy.
Properties: Clary has uplifting and relaxing properties. It encourages sleep and is said to promote dreaming. Soothes, relaxes and warms. Uplifts the spirit.
Sclarea is from the greek ‘skeria’ meaning hardness referring to the white/bluepowder petals which end in a hard point. A reddish tinged stem, which reaches to about two feet, supports large heart shaped wrinkled leaves. The plant is said to be native to europe but also found in the united states. Distilled from the fresh herb and oil often comes from france and morocco.
Chemical constituents: Linalyl acetate, linalol, pionene, myrcene, sclareol, phellandrene.
Precautions: Very sedative and can make concentration difficult. It is best not to operate machinery or use before driving. Neither should alcohol be taken otherwise a feeling of nausea may result. Large doses can also produce headaches.
Blends : Bergamot, cedarwood, citronella, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavendar, lime, sandalwood.