clary sage

\ ˈkler-ē- How to pronounce clary sage (audio) \

Definition of clary sage

: an aromatic mint (Salvia sclarea) of southern Europe that is widely cultivated especially as an ornamental

called also clary

Examples of clary sage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the brand's signature oil, the drops are infused with clary sage oil for soothing inflammation, jojoba oil for softening, and grape seed oil for deep hydration. Vogue, "The Best New Bath Products to Give and Get This Winter," 21 Nov. 2019 For example, the toner is made of water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic witch hazel, organic clary sage oil and organic sandalwood oil. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019 Yet another fan favorite, this skin-brightening serum is known for its eight active ingredients: vitamin C, vitamin E, konjac root, ferulic acid, hyaluronic acid, grapefruit, chamomile extract, and clary sage. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Whole Foods' Annual Beauty Week Event Has Arrived and Every Product Is on Sale," 12 Mar. 2019 The Energizing Mist For starter’s, the CAPtivator’s scent, a heady mix of sandalwood, neroli, and clary sage topped off with gardenia and lotus florals, is addictive. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 Fur Oil is a cult favorite among many women—including Emma Watson—with its quick-drying grape seed, anti-inflammatory clary sage seed, and strand-softening jojoba oils, as well as its light citrus scent. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Full Bush Is the New Brazilian! How to Transition Like a Pro," 27 July 2018 Essential oil maker Aura Cacia specifies that asil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh, rosemary, sage, thyme, and wintergreen should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017 There is evidence to suggest that some oils, namely cinnamon, clove, rosemary, clary sage, and jasmine, can cause uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or preterm labor. Kristi Pahr, Good Housekeeping, "Using Essential Oils When Pregnant Can Be Helpful But Dangerous—Here’s How To Do It Safely," 3 Aug. 2017 Hormone-regulating essential oils clary sage, rose, and geranium can help maintain a healthy hormone balance in the body. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways You Can Use Essential Oils To Treat And Prevent Acne Naturally," 8 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of clary sage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clary sage

Middle English clarie, from Anglo-French sclaree, from Medieval Latin sclareia

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“Clary sage.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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