Research Publications on Clary Sage Aromatherapy for Stress Relief

Comprehensive reviews and studies underscore clary sage's wide-ranging benefits in women's health, highlighting its effectiveness in managing menstrual pain, labor contractions, and providing relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. Its therapeutic properties are attributed to its key components, supporting its use in aromatherapy for various women's health conditions without adverse effects.

Effects of Aromatherapy on the Stress Response of College Women with Dysmenorrhea during Menstruation; Korean Society of Nursing Science, 2002; Link

The study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of aromatherapy in reducing stress responses during the menstrual period among college women experiencing dysmenorrhea. Utilizing a randomized, single-blind, pretest-posttest design, 60 participants were divided into three groups: an experimental group that received aromatherapy massage with a 3% dilution of essential oils (Lavender, Clary sage, and Rose), a first control group (placebo) that received almond oil massage, and a second control group that did not receive any treatment. Stress response levels were measured using a 94-item Symptom of Stress (SOS) scale both before the treatment at the onset of menstruation and after the treatment on the first day of the following menstrual cycle. The results indicated a significant reduction in stress response scores in the experimental group compared to both control groups, with no notable difference observed between the two control groups. This outcome suggests that aromatherapy, specifically with the essential oils of Lavender, Clary sage, and Rose, can be an effective method for managing stress responses associated with menstruation in college women suffering from dysmenorrhea.

The Use of Clary Sage in Women's Health: An Integrative Review; Bethel University; 2022

The study focuses on the use of clary sage (Salvia sclarea), a commonly utilized essential oil in women's health, investigating its efficacy and safety across various conditions. By reviewing literature from databases like CINAHL, PubMed, Science Direct, and Google Scholar up to February 2022, the study examines clary sage's impact through the lens of Levine’s Conservation Model, aiming to enhance women's physical and emotional well-being. The review of 25 relevant articles highlights clary sage's benefits in six key areas: labor, postpartum recovery, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual pain, autonomic nervous system regulation, and psychological well-being. The findings suggest that clary sage effectively manages menstrual and labor pain, enhances labor contractions, and offers relief from stress, tension, anxiety, and depression. It also has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system. Notably, clary sage is deemed safe for use, with no adverse effects reported in the reviewed literature. This comprehensive analysis supports healthcare providers in offering evidence-based guidance on clary sage aromatherapy and massage as individualized, low-intervention options for addressing specific health needs and preferences in women's health care.

Clary sage essential oil and its biological activitiesAdvances in Traditional Medicine, 2020; Link

The results of investigation exhibited that the chemical composition of clary sage influenced from various ecological, geographical and environmental conditions, but linalool and linalyl acetate is known as main components of clary sage oil. Clary sage oil is used in aromatherapy for women during the menstrual cycle, childbirth and menopause. The modern clinical investigations confirmed the efficacy of clary sage oil as anti-stress, anti-depression and analgesic agents in primary dysmenorrhea. The anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, cytotoxic and anti-inflammatory effects of clary sage have been confirmed. Furthermore, clary sage oil is known as safe oil with no adverse effects.

Clinical AromatherapyThe Nursing Clinics Of North America, 2020; Link

Clary sage is an herbaceous perennial in the plant family Lamiaceae with a history of petal and flowers used as an herb. The essential oil of clary sage is used in perfumes and muscatel flavoring in wines and liqueur. This essential oil is used as an antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and aphrodisiac and for calming the nervous system, relaxing the uterus, and stimulating the blood flow.