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by ORGANIC 1 Co. 4 min read

With its pastel colored flowers andsweet floral/slightly woodsy scent, clary sage looks beautiful in a garden. But, did you know that it can work wonders for your skin? By inhibiting bacteria, balancing sebum production, and reducing inflammation, clary sage is a valuable addition to your skincare routine. 

What is Clary Sage?

Salvia sclarea is a perennial herb with pale purplish flowers and a beautifully complex aroma. Reaching heights as high as 4-5 feet, it grows from May to September and is native to England and France, though it has since spread to North America. Its miraculous effects on the skin have been known for centuries; in the Middle Ages, it was commonly used to treat skin blemishes and acne.

beautiful clary sage blossom closeup


The main constituents of clary sage include the aromatic compounds alpha terpineol, sclareol, linalyl acetate, geraniol, linalool, germacrene-D, caryophyllene, and neryl acetate. Clary sage essential oil also boasts a high concentration of esters,about 72 percent of its composition. 

What Can It Do?

Like the rest of the Salvia family, clary sage excels at balance. It balances hormone levels and regulates the production of oil in the skin. The word clary comes from the Latin clarus, which means clear. Clary sage definitely lives up to its name with its ability to clear acne, rashes, rosacea, and other skin problems like bacterial and fungal infections.


Its ability to clear and balance is what makes it such a great regulator of sebum production. Linalyl acetate is found in high concentrations in clary sage essential oil, making up almost 78% of its composition. This ester of linalool is a terpene, an aromatic element that lavender and bergamot also contain, which explains why these oils are commonly used combined. Linalyl acetate has apowerfulbalancing effect on sebum.


Sebum is a natural oil produced by your skin that helps keep it moist and elastic. Too little sebum, and your skin will become dry, cracked, and flaky. But if your skin produces too much sebum, your pores can become clogged, trapping dirt inside and causing the micro-infections known as acne. By helping your skin strike a balance between oily and dry, clary sage canlimitacne at the source.


According to, you can "use clary sage essential oil to clear up acne and help prevent future break-outs. This is thanks to clary oil’s three remarkable properties: it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial,and antiseptic. Above all else, clary sage essential oil excels at fighting acne. Acne is typically caused by overly oily skin or combination skin types, usually due to overactive sebaceous glands.Using face oils that containclary sageessential oilregulates sebum production.

Heal Your Skin:

Clary sage shows some impressive bacteria-fighting abilities. A 2015 study found that the active constituents of clary sage essential oil have natural antimicrobial effects. They successfully combat Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus xylosus, three staph strains that occur frequently on the human skin.


While S. epidermidis isn’t typically harmful, it can add another layer of stress your body doesn’t need, especially those with compromised immune systems or other vulnerabilities. S. aureus, on the other hand, is famous for causing mischief. It, too, is naturally part of the human skin flora, but it is an opportunistic pathogen—which means it takes the first chance it gets to go rogue and attack your cells. The antibiotic-resistant strain of this bacterium is known as MRSA, which causes up to half of all hospital-acquired infection deaths annually.


Luckily, clary sage can effectively inhibit 11 different strains of Staphylococcus. It successfully eliminates these and other skin-irritating bacteria, explaining its long history of use as a wound-healing agent. That, along with its ability to soothe irritation and reduce redness and swelling, will keep your face smooth and healthy for years to comeif you use face oils that contain clary sage

Our Formulas Work Hard for You:

Lift your mood and brighten your smile with clary sage. Skincare is self care, and our products nourish both inside and out. From our deeply nourishing carrier oils to the aromatic freshness that infuses your senses with calm energy, the benefits start as soon as youtwist off the cap of Organic 1 CO’s Face Essentials—Night Renew and Daily Protect.Each ingredient in both our night and day formulas werethoughtfully selected by our organic chemistforits skinbenefits. From toning and smoothing base oils and their age-defying antioxidants to germ-fighting, anti-inflammatory essential oils, our formulas offer broad spectrum results for a variety of skin types and ailments.


Your skin works hard for you. Doesn't it deserve a little spoiling in return? Open our no-mess roller vials and breathe in the symphony of scents, beforeapplyingthis luxurious blend anywhere your skin needs a little love. Daily Protect guards your skin against the stress of being alive, while Night Renew soothes away stress wrinkles and helps your skin bounce back like new. Try them both today!

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