Salvia sclarea is a short-living herbaceous perennial, with grey-green wrinkled ovate leaves. The large leaves grow off a central stalk that bends with the weight of the flowers. Clary Sage flowers are lilac or pale blue, pink or white, in whorls on top of the stems, with the upper lip curled up. The leaves are broad oval or heart-shaped, in pairs, 6-9 inches long, covered with fine silver-white hairs, almost stalkless. It blooms from June to July. It is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. Its oil is colorless to pale-yellow or pale olive. Clary Sage Essential Oil has a warm, nutty, musky, herb-like scent. Salvia comes from a Latin word “salvere” meaning “to heal or save”. Clary comes from a Latin word “clarus” meaning “clear”. It is very rich in antioxidants and contains sclareol which is very rare when distilling essential oils. Sclareol, a diterpene alcohol, is very similar to the chemical structure of the hormones produced in the human body.
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