In today’s post, we shall discuss how to use clary sage for fertility. Before diving deeper, you should know that Clary sage, also called Salvia sclarea, is a medicinal herb believed to be indigenous to the Mediterranean region.
It has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties and is best known for its calming, nerve-soothing, and hormone-balancing effects, beside this Clary sage, has equally proven to be an effective stress reliever.
One thing that many don’t know about Stress is that it hurts health and fertility, and affects mood, immune response, functions of the digestive system, and cardiovascular health.
When we allow stress for a long time, it could be detrimental and cause a drop in our testosterone levels, which may cause;
- Erectile dysfunction in males and reduce sperm production.
- Increase the physical symptoms of menopause, painful and irregular menstruation for females [1, 2, 3, 4].
However, Clary sage can be used in various forms such as essential oil, tea, and tincture to relieve stress, boost immunity and improve fertility.
4 ways to use clary sage for fertility
Clary sage is a popular essential oil that is believed to have properties that can help with fertility. Here are some ways to use clary sage for fertility.
1. Diffuse clary sage oil
Add a few drops of clary sage oil to a diffuser and let it diffuse in the room. This can help to create a relaxing and calming environment, which can be beneficial for fertility.
2. Apply clary sage oil topically
Mix a few drops of clary sage oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil, and apply it to your lower abdomen. This can help to balance hormones and regulate menstrual cycles.
3. Bath with clary sage oil
Add a few drops of clary sage oil to your bathwater and soak for 20-30 minutes. This can help to relax your body and reduce stress, which can be beneficial for fertility.
4. Drink clary sage tea
To make clary sage tea, you will need:
- – 1 tablespoon of dried clary sage leaves
- – 2 cups of water
- – Honey or lemon (optional)
- Boil 2 cups of water in a pot or kettle.
- Place 1 tablespoon of dried clary sage leaves in a tea infuser or strainer.
- Pour the boiling water over the clary sage leaves and let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the tea infuser or strainer and discard the clary sage leaves.
- If desired, add honey or lemon to taste.
- Enjoy your clary sage tea!
Note: Clary sage tea should not be consumed by pregnant women or those with hormone-sensitive conditions.
It’s important to note that clary sage oil should not be used during pregnancy, as it can stimulate contractions. It’s also important to talk to your doctor before using clary sage oil for fertility, especially if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.
how does the intake of clary sage tea or the application of its essential oil impact fertility and the reproductive system?
Benefits of clary sage for fertility
9 Potential benefits of Clary sage for fertility and general well-being.
1. Relieves menstrual cramps
Clary sage oil extract may help lower symptoms of menopause, whereas intake of the tea can help regulate menstrual cycles, balance hormones and reduce menstrual cramps resulting from stress.
Similarly, research revealed that symptoms of menopause like hot flashes may be reduced by massaging the bottoms of the feet with diluted clary sage oil .
Another related study also revealed that applying diluted clary sage oil on the lower abdomen may help relieve painful menstruation and menstrual cramps, as indicated by the result of a test carried out on 48 women who experienced menstrual cramps or pain during their period .
2. Boosts ovulation:
Ovulation is essential for women to get pregnant, but it may also be affected by many factors like hormonal imbalance, infection, and so on
However, Clary sage oil may help promote women’s fertility if applied rightly. It can stimulate ovulation by promoting the production and balancing of estrogen, which is necessary for ovulation .
Clary sage may also help support uterine health by promoting healthy blood flow to the uterus and reducing inflammation. This can as well help prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy.
3. Combats stress
How does clary sage oil combat stress? Through aromatherapy in collaboration with an olfactory system that controls the sense of smell, clary sage essential oil produces scents that induce the feeling of calmness and relaxation. When we inhale these scents it reduces reduce stress and anxiety.
Therefore, when used in aromatherapy, Clary sage oil produces nerve calming effect on anxiety and helps reduce stress which improves fertility.
Supporting this, a study on women going through a stressful medical test reveals that, inhaling clary sage essential oil can induce relaxation, and help lower blood pressure .
4. Fights bacteria infection
According to a recent review, certain strains of bacteria such as Staphylococcus may strategically disrupt normal reproductive functions by binding with sperm membrane proteins, which undermine sperm functions .
A study on 61 bacterial-infected people, each having antibiotics resistance wound which was difficult to treat. These wounds were either caused by surgical procedures, burns, or diabetes.
Interestingly, the result of the lab treatment with diluted clary sage essential oil was positive, hence suggesting that clary sage oil can effectively inhibit the activities of certain strains of bacteria like Staphylococcus .
Finally intake of clary sage tea or herbal may counter the impact of bacterial infection on male sperm quality, whereas the oil extracts may help treat bacteria-infected wounds.
5. Boost libido
Intake of Clary Sage tea may help boost libido, likewise, applying essential oils on the lower abdomen may help increase sexual desire and arousal.
Remember, we have earlier established that Clary Sage can help relieve stress and promote relaxation which improves sexual function in both men and women.
Other health benefits of clary sage extracts
6. Fights Insomnia
Clary sage can help promote relaxation and improve sleep quality, making it a useful remedy for insomnia.
7. Help relieve digestive issues
Clary sage has digestive properties that can help relieve bloating, gas, and constipation.
8. Promotes Skin health
Clary sage has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help improve skin health and treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
9. May help relieve respiratory issues
Clary sage has expectorant properties that can help relieve respiratory issues such as coughs and congestion
It is important to note that while clary sage may have potential fertility benefits, it should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. It is always best to consult with a healthcare provider before using any herbal remedies.
Clove and Clary sage for infections
Herbs like clary Sage combined with cloves may also help in treating infectious diseases detrimental to fertility since extract from both plants has an antimicrobial effect and can inhibit the activities of microorganisms.
Clary sage and pregnancy
Clary sage may help maintain estrogen levels, which is good for fertility since estrogen is a hormone essential for pregnancy .
Application of clary sage essential oil or intake of the tea extract may improve women’s chance of getting pregnant.
However, once you are pregnant avoid intake of clary sage tea or its essential oil as it may induce the contraction of the uterus.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.