Clary Sage (Pure and Natural)
Salvia sclarea, clary or clary sage is a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial in the genus Salvia. It is native to the northern Mediterranean, along with some areas in north Africa and Central Asia. The plant has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb and is currently grown for its essential oil.
Clary Sage Oil is used in perfumery as an individual body or
as a modifier for bergamot oil, lavender, etc. and for ambra notes with
labdanum extracts, cistus oil, olibanum resinoid, cinnamic alcohol, musks or
synthetic ambergris materials, etc.; in chypre bases, fougeres, Oriental and “tabac’’-type
fragrances and in modern fantasy creations with aldehydic notes or even in
woody bases. In the classical type of cologne perfumes it lends unique tenacity
and acts as a very fragrant fixative, particularly in combination with labdanum
products and musks. It blends beautifully with coriander, cardamom, citrus
oi]s, lavandin and lavender, geranium oil, sandalwood oil, eugenol and
derivatives, cedarwood derivatives, methylionones, phenylethyl alcohol, etc. In
flavors, the coriander-like notes of clary sage oil are exploited in liqueurs,
wine essences, grape flavors, etc. Furthermore, it is useful as a modifier in spice
compounds,The distilled essential oil is used widely in perfumes and as a muscatel flavoring for vermouths wines and liqueurs.
It is also used in aromatherapy for relieving anxiety and fear, menstrual-related problems such as PMS and cramping and helping with insomnia.
It is used as fragrance component and fixative in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes.
The oil is used extensively by the food and drink industry. Especially in the production of wines with a muscatel flavor. The young tops of Clary were used in soups and as pot herbs. It gives a new lift to omelets and was used to flavor jellies.
The leaves were chopped into salads. Culpeper recommended a 17th century sage dish where the fresh leaves were first dipped in a batter of flour, eggs and a little milk fried in butter and served as a side dish.
The main constituents of the oil are Linalyl Acetate , Linalool and Germacrene. Clary Sage Oil is one of the most important in a perfumers pallete. Excellent blending properties and forms good accords with Citrus and Herbal notes. And at the same time has very useful fixative properties.