Clary Sage: How it works
Clary sage Salvia sclarea essential oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the plant. It has a welcoming warm, somewhat sweet, slightly spicy, musky aroma. Emotionally, clary sage inspires a clearer perspective on heavy minded thoughts and can help you to find peace with loss. Although there is no therapeutic information on clary sage since it was exclusively used for the perfumery trade, there is research on the components (constituents) within the oil, Linalool and Linalyl acetate being the major components. (See additional resources 1)
It’s an interesting oil in that it has a lovely balance between a stimulant and a relaxant, offering an uplifting and supportive outlook while calming our minds.
Where there is a misconception is thinking that clary sage is an estrogen. That simply is not possible.
Clary sage essential oil does not contain estrogen or have estrogen like properties. It does have a great reputation for easing cramps, labor pains, increase menstruation and more and there is good reason for that. It’s through observation of women using clary sage that we know it works. We’ve read the experiences or had them ourselves. However, it doesn’t work as you may think it does or may have been led to believe it does.
To explain further, all biological functions depend on events that occur at a molecular level. Molecules in biological systems work the way they do because of absolute specific types of relationships between active molecules and receptor sites in all life forms, including us. Molecules are three-dimensional structures and often this perspective is lost to the untrained eye who only look at the two-dimensional representations of these structures on paper.
The structure of the molecule basically determines whether it can perform the desirable action, therefore 3D computer molecular modeling is so vital in drug discovery. If a molecule doesn’t have the right shape and size to fit where it needs to fit, then it is not going to be a candidate to meet the specific need that is being researched. With me so far? So, let’s take it a step further.