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WINTER EDITION 2017
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04 Harvest: Clary Sage oil (France)
Captivating herbaceous aroma,
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Featuring Clary Sage oil (France)
There is a little magic with the onset
of winter in Australia. The colder days
seem to slow down time and bring people
together in comfort and connection.
Sunny days sparkle with clear light and
we share the seas with majestic whales
migrating north. In this issue of Oily
we hope to inspire you with warming,
fragrant inspiration for the season.
Harvest features the wonderfully hypnotic
Clary Sage from France. This dazzling
oil is a superb ingredient in perfumery
and relaxing essential oil blends, and
we discover the plant’s colourful history
and cultivation in the picturesque
mountains of Provence. We’ll banish the
winter chills with the green and spicy
family of essential oils and bring you
up-to-date with the latest Australian
regulations for cosmetic and personal
care products. We invite you to take
a seat and enjoy the delights of this issue.
Brooke Summerfield, Editor
From the perfumed heart of Provence.
of Clary Sage
Fields of Clary Sage between the regions of Vaucluse
and Alpes-de-Haute in Provence.
Soft crests of mauve and lilac float across the vast horizons of
Provence in the south east of France. Nestled between the Alps and
the Mediterranean Sea, the fertile plains of Vaucluse and the
dramatic mountains of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence provide the ideal
climatic environment to grow Salvia sclarea. While the summers
are hot and dry with abundant sunshine and infrequent rainfall,
Clary Sage is a robust and aromatic crop that is highly valued by
farmers for its ability to grow in almost drought-like conditions.
Sydney Essential Oil Co.’s supplier produces exceptional quality
Clary Sage oil that is exported all over the world. With Certified
Organic farming practices that have minimal impact on the natural
landscape and a unique approach to cooperative farming, they have
become one of the leading producers in France and internationally.
An Ancient Medicinal Herb
The distinctive sweet, herbal and woody aroma of Salvia sclarea is
synonymous with the soft and diffusive elements of romantic
fragrances and relaxing aromatherapy blends. The herbal scented
plant is a close relative of common garden Sage and has a medicinal
history that dates back to the ancient Greeks.
The botanical name of Clary Sage comes from the Latin word
‘salvare’ meaning to heal and ‘clarus’ to clear or clarify, and reflects
the early practice of steeping the seeds in water to treat eye and
skin infections and draw out thorns and splinters.
In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage tea was used to cleanse the
mouth and ward off infections. It was also popular for digestive
disorders and revered as a ‘women’s oil’ to help alleviate hormonal
fluctuations and assist with labour. Within ancient texts, Clary
Sage was also highly prized for its fragrance, treasured as a gift of
the gods and said to have the power to guide a person to divine
Not just a medicinal herb, Clary Sage has had a colourful past.
The plant was used by German merchants as a potent hops
substitute in beer and was added to Rhine wine to imitate the taste
of a fine Muscatel. This practice was so common that to this day; >
Above: Harvest commences
in the beginning of July.
Historically, crops were
harvested by hand but
modern farms are now
fully mechanised. Left and
below left: Harvested
material is delivered to
the processing facility and
prepared for steam distillation
utilising mobile containers.
Below right: Naturally
thriving in the wild, Clary
Sage can grow up to 40 –
100cm in height and up to
1.6m in cultivated varieties.
the herb is still referred to as ‘MuskatellerSalbei’ or ‘Muscatel Sage’
in Germany. Across the seas in Jamaica, a boiled concoction of the
large downy leaves was applied to the body to cure the stings of
scorpions and cooked in lard and applied as an ointment to soothe
and calm the skin.
Clary Sage Cultivation
The resilient biennial herb is native to the Northern Mediterranean
coast, thriving in the wild across countries including Spain, Italy,
Croatia, Greece and areas of Central Asia and North Africa.
It wasn’t until after World War 1 that Clary Sage was established
in Provence as a cultivated crop for essential oil production.
By the 1950’s, France had become the largest producer of Clary
Sage in the world. Sown in the spring from tender seedlings,
the aromatic plants grow up to one metre in height with square
green stems that are covered in fine downy hairs. The characteristic
clusters of light purple-pink flowers at the top of the stem,
are supported by large velvety, gray-green leaves that release a
musky, sweet aroma when crushed.
Situated high in the French alps, the dry slopes and well-drained
soil encourages prolific growth, and the surrounding mountains
protect the delicate blossoms from damaging storms. In the first
year, the crop is left to mature in the field and essential oil
production doesn’t commence until the following European
summer, beginning in July. The Salvia sclarea plant will produce
exquisite essential oil for up to three years. After this time, the
fields are replenished and rotated with Lavandin, also one of the
most recognised crops in the region.
Clary Sage essential oil is obtained by two methods of steam
distillation from the flowering tops and leaves of the plant.
Firstly, the plants are harvested fresh from the field, shredded and
distilled green, producing what is known as ‘Vert Broye’ Clary
Sage. With a crisp green fragrance that has elements of lavender
and wood, this oil has a higher Linalool content than plant
material that has been cut and left to dry in the field. >
7-15 tonnes of harvested
plant material per hectare
is required to produce
15-30kg of pure essential
oil. Right: As the steam
passes through the plant
material, saturated aromatic
moisture and oil is released.
Below: The essential oil
extracted during steam
distillation rises to the
top and is separated
from the floral water. The
resulting oil is a pale straw
to light yellow colour.
Certified Organic Clary Sage oil is an excellent inclusion to your essential oil range. If you haven’t
experienced the hypnotic warmth and euphoria it brings, we invite you to try it today. For more information
or a bulk quote contact our customer service team on 02 9565 2828 or email@example.com.
The second and most traditional method of distillation, involves
harvesting of the whole plant which is left to partially dry in the
field. The plant material is then mechanically collected, ground
and transferred to a mobile container used for steam distillation.
The resulting oil has a lower Linalool content suitable for sensitive
skin and a softer combination of herbaceous and floral notes.
Certified Organic Clary Sage Essential Oil
Linalool and Linalyl acetate, the two key chemical constituents
present in the essential oil are also commonly found in Lavender
oil and as result, Clary Sage offers some similar properties.
The essential oil’s clear, warm and almost nutty aroma makes it
extremely appealing for perfumery formulations, particularly with
unisex fragrances. It resonates as a top to middle note in blends
and is complemented by citrus or woody oils such as Bergamot,
Grapefruit and Cedarwood. Clary Sage is an impressive fixative in
perfumery, particularly for natural fragrances with a more delicate
bouquet, enhancing their stability and staying power on the skin.
Aromatherapeutically, the oil can impart a euphoric effect.
The heady scent can quickly calm and help centre your thoughts
when feeling flighty or scattered. It is exceptionally supportive
and often incorporated into natural remedies to promote healthy
sleeping patterns and feelings of revitalisation and well-being.
Imparting a sedative effect, the oil should be used with caution
when driving or if intense concentration is needed.
When utilised in natural cosmetic products, Clary Sage cleanses
the skin and hair whilst