The forties are a period when it is more likely to experience some physical, psychological, and emotional changes. Certain signs of aging occur in your body such as increased stress, hot flashes, and reduced memory.
Clary sage oil (Salvia sclarea) has been used since the 4th century BCE for its many health properties that alleviate the many unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Whether you’re concerned about your stress, mood, digestion, skin or your menstrual discomfort, take a look at these eight remarkable benefits of clary sage for women over 40, and how you can use the essential oil for yourself.
- Balances Hormones
Clary sage has dietary estrogens in its content, obtained from plants. They are known as natural phytoestrogens and they play an essential role in regulating the estrogen levels and promoting uterus health. As we age, we are exposed to increased risk of cancer, so it is of utmost importance to keep the uterus healthy in order to lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
High estrogen levels can cause various health issues such as infertility, polycystic ovaries, and estrogen-based cancers. Diet high in estrogen can have a huge influence on this. By using this essential oil you will be able to keep your estrogen levels at optimal level. A 2004 study claims that this oil can work as a natural remedy for depression, having the ability to lower cortisol levels by up to 36%, In order to balance your hormones and mood you should open the bottle and inhale the clary sage.
- Alleviates Menstrual Pain
When hormone levels are balanced, clary sage can reduce the symptoms of PMS; bloating, mood swings, cramps, and food cravings. As an antispasmodic, it can minimize the spasms and contractions that occur when the uterine lining begins to shed. By relaxing nerve impulses, clary sage will also alleviate cramping, stomach pains, and headache.
An 8-year study by Oxford Brooks University revealed that clary sage oil in aromatherapy reduced anxiety, fear and physical pain in women during childbirth. Along with chamomile oil, clary sage oil proved the most effective in reducing discomfort.
TIP: For relief of menstrual cramps, use clary sage oil as a massage lubricant by diluting 5 drops in coconut or jojoba oil. Apply the mixture to affected areas.
- Prevents Infection
A 2015 study showed that this essential oil can effectively treat wounds and skin infections when applied topically. It possesses potent antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and can fight bacterial strains. However, you should not apply too much of it on an open wound. We recommend you to use only 5 drops.
- Relieves Stress
If you’re in your forties, you likely consider yourself somewhat of a workaholic. Whether you have kids or work a demanding job, the stress of your forties can have very damaging effects on your long-term health.
Clary sage oil boosts confidence and mental fortitude while reducing fear and anxiety. It is also known to have euphoric properties. A 2010 study on rats revealed that clary sage oil could be used as a therapeutic agent for depression.
TIP: When using clary sage oil in aromatherapy, mix 6 drops with 2 drops of frankincense or orange oils, and add to a diffuser or oil burner.
- Improves Skin
Clary sage contains linalyl acetate, a natural phytochemical which can reduce rashes and inflammation, prevent acne and dry skin, and regulate the production of oil. In order to reduce wrinkles and hydrate your skin, you can use this oil as a skin moisturizer. Just mix equal amounts of clary sage oil with coconut or jojoba oil.
- Aids Digestion & Cholesterol Levels
Considering the fact that it can increase the secretion of gastric and bile juice, clary sage can accelerate the metabolism and relive bloating, indigestion, cramps, and abdominal discomfort. It can also promote absorption of minerals and minerals, thus promoting healthy bowel movements, treating ulcers, and relieving constipation. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and it can protect the cardiovascular system and lower cholesterol. You should use a hot compress with 5 drops of clary sage oil soaked into it. You can also apply the oil onto the abdomen and massage gently.
- Improves Circualtion
Clary sage opens blood vessels, lowers blood pressure by relaxing the brain and arteries, and boosts metabolism by transporting more oxygen to muscles and vital organs.
TIP: To create your own clary sage mist, add 6 drops of clary sage to 12 drops of mandarin, 6 drops of rose geranium, and 3 drops of cinnamon. Add to a spray bottle, filling the rest with water, and spray over body and face when needed.
- Aids Sleep
Clary sage can cure insomnia and improve the quality of your sleep due to its potent hormone balancing, stress-relieving and sedative properties. In order to make your own clary sage balm, you should add 10 drops of clary sage, 10 drops of lavender oil, ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of beeswax, and ½ cup of olive oil in a double boiler. Make sure to stir well, let it stand for 10 minutes and transfer into container.