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Salvia sclarea is a perennial herb which has been used in traditional healing for centuries. Native to the northern Mediterranean, along with some areas in north Africa and Central Asia, the plant has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb, and is currently grown for its essential oil.
It is often included in botanical body products, such as bath oil and hair care compounds, and it is also available in the form of a pure essential oil. The odor of clary sage is very distinct, and the herb is said to have soothing properties which can be beneficial to health.
Clary sage has square, brownish, hairy stems growing 60-90cm, and sports leaves that are large, heart-shaped, wrinkled, irregularly toothed at the margins and covered with velvety hairs.
The flowers appear in whorls on a long, loose spikes, and are a pale blue or white, and to add to the striking display, they are interspersed with large variegated purple and white bracts.
Clary Sage prefers light well-drained soil and a sunny situation, and seedlings can be planted out with great success if kept well watered. Clary Sage will self seed.
<Warning class=span>CAUTION: ESSENTIAL OIL IS TOXIC IN LARGE QUANTITIES.
CAUTION: Pregnant women should avoid exposure as it may be harmful or induce contractions.</span>