Research Publications on Clary Sage Aromatherapy for Cramp Ease

Aromatherapy, particularly involving essential oils like lavender, clary sage, and rose, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea, offering an effective alternative to traditional pain relief methods.

Effect of aromatherapy on symptoms of dysmenorrhea in college students: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial; Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2006; Link

The study explored the effects of aromatherapy on menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea in 67 female college students, using a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Participants were divided into an experimental group receiving aromatherapy with lavender, clary sage, and rose oils in almond oil, a placebo group with almond oil only, and a control group with no treatment. Results showed significant reductions in menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea severity in the aromatherapy group compared to placebo and control groups. The findings suggest that aromatherapy is an effective method for easing menstrual cramps and can be incorporated into nursing care for women experiencing dysmenorrhea.
Aromatic Abdominal Massage for Alleviating Menstrual Painin Nursing Students at Suez Canal University Egyptian Journal of Health Care, 2018; Link
This study assessed the impact of aromatic abdominal massage using lavender and clary sage essential oils in almond oil on menstrual pain among 106 nursing students at Suez Canal University. Divided into an experimental group and a control group, participants received massages and were evaluated using a Rating Analogue Scale and the McGill Pain Questionnaire. Results showed a significant reduction in menstrual pain intensity in the experimental group compared to the control, particularly noted in the first cycle post-intervention. The study concludes that aromatic abdominal massage with these essential oils effectively alleviates menstrual pain, recommending its incorporation into nursing practices for pain relief during menstruation.

The Use of Clary Sage in Women's Health: An Integrative Review; Bethel University, 2022; Link

The study focuses on the use of clary sage (Salvia sclarea), a commonly utilized essential oil in women's health, investigating its efficacy and safety across various conditions. By reviewing literature from databases like CINAHL, PubMed, Science Direct, and Google Scholar up to February 2022, the study examines clary sage's impact through the lens of Levine’s Conservation Model, aiming to enhance women's physical and emotional well-being. The review of 25 relevant articles highlights clary sage's benefits in six key areas: labor, postpartum recovery, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual pain, autonomic nervous system regulation, and psychological well-being. The findings suggest that clary sage effectively manages menstrual and labor pain, enhances labor contractions, and offers relief from stress, tension, anxiety, and depression. It also has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system. Notably, clary sage is deemed safe for use, with no adverse effects reported in the reviewed literature. This comprehensive analysis supports healthcare providers in offering evidence-based guidance on clary sage aromatherapy and massage as individualized, low-intervention options for addressing specific health needs and preferences in women's health care.

Clary sage essential oil and its biological activitiesAdvances in Traditional Medicine, 2020; Link

The results of investigation exhibited that the chemical composition of clary sage influenced from various ecological, geographical and environmental conditions, but linalool and linalyl acetate is known as main components of clary sage oil. Clary sage oil is used in aromatherapy for women during the menstrual cycle, childbirth and menopause. The modern clinical investigations confirmed the efficacy of clary sage oil as anti-stress, anti-depression and analgesic agents in primary dysmenorrhea. The anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, cytotoxic and anti-inflammatory effects of clary sage have been confirmed. Furthermore, clary sage oil is known as safe oil with no adverse effects.

Clinical AromatherapyThe Nursing Clinics Of North America, 2020; Link

Clary sage is an herbaceous perennial in the plant family Lamiaceae with a history of petal and flowers used as an herb. The essential oil of clary sage is used in perfumes and muscatel flavoring in wines and liqueur. This essential oil is used as an antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and aphrodisiac and for calming the nervous system, relaxing the uterus, and stimulating the blood flow.