A valued medicinal, culinary and ornamental herb, Clary Sage makes a great companion to any garden.
Derived from the Ancient Roman word "claurus" meaning "clear", Clary Sage seeds were once used to remove harmful irritants from eyes by boiling them to create an eyewash. Due to its antispasmodic, antidepressant and estrogen enhancing properties it was also recommended in tea form to women suffering from menstrual and menopausal problems. Today Clary Sage is generally used to aid digestion and bloating.
Because Clary Sage can enhance drunkenness and create a more profound narcotic effect, it was once used to replace hops in beer to increase its potency.
The leaves of the Clary Sage can be used in salads, while the tops are used in soups, jellies and omelets to lend a sweet fragrant flavor.
Characteristics: Clary Sage comes from the Latin word claurus, for 'clear,' due to its antiseptic properties. As a garden plant, Clary Sage has a simple beauty - its leaves have a distinctly unique aroma (fresh peeled grapefruit) and it adds a grace and old-fashioned charm to any garden setting
Light: Clary sage is an herb for full sun, but will tolerate a partly shady spot.
Water: Give clary sage a deep watering when soil is dry to the touch.
Soil: Clary sage likes well-drained soil of good quality
Use: A mild tea can be made from the leaves and flowers, to be used as an antidepressant, sedative and aphrodisiac. Growing up to three feet tall, clary sage is a beautiful addition to gardens and pathways.