What Are The Magical Properties Of Clary Sage?

Magical Properties of Clary Sage

By Mark Piatt

Updated on October 19, 2022

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Clary sage has many properties that play a potent role in magickal circles.  These properties include assisting in opening up your third eye, enhancing your dream state, increasing the ability to enhance clairvoyance and prophecy, revealing the hidden, and inducing trance and meditative states.

All matter contains and retains power.  This is why certain herbs and plants have what we perceive as magical powers.

When using clary sage for magical purposes, the results you seek may not occur immediately.  Just like casting spells, the effects of using clary sage can take time.

The approaches we offer are just suggestions of how to access the magical properties of clary sage.  But these approaches we suggest are ones that others have had success using. 

Magic rituals are the science of affecting change to occur per your will.  As such, what works for one person may not work for another person.  

Take these suggestions we give you as a base, and make them your own.  Magic comes from your head and your heart, not from artificial props.

As a general rule, clary sage has magical and spiritual powers that include 5 main properties:

  • Open your third eye
  • Dream enhancement
  • Enhances extra-sensory perception
  • Induces trance and meditative states
  • Used in love spells

If you are interested in learning more about how you can use herbs in your magic rituals, check out the following book by Ally Sands “Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect and Manifest“.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.

What is clary sage

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is a biennial flowering herb that tends to grow in a dry climate.  Clary sage is native to the Mediterranean Basin but is now grown throughout the world, including a large amount of it being grown in northeastern North Carolina.

Clary does not refer to physical sight, but our third vision which is a mystical third eye that allows us to see beyond the veil.  This includes psychic visions, perception, intuition, foresight, and several other higher states of consciousness.

During the first year of growth, clary sage forms a rosette of large, velvety leaves.  In the second year, the plant produces stalks of pink to white flowers.  These stalks can be up to 5 feet tall.

Essential oil is extracted from the top few pairs of the flowering stalk. 

To maximize the potency of the essential oil, the flowers must be harvested during the evening hours, when the oil concentration is the highest.  And, clary sage must be distilled immediately.

Brief History Of The Magical Properties Of Clary Sage

Sages are one of a witch’s favorite herbs, including clary sage.  The properties of clary sage have been known for a long time.  As a result, clary sage goes by many names including:

  • Clear Eye
  • See Bright
  • Eyebright
  • The Woman’s Oil
  • Clarywort
  • Ocultus Christ
  • Eye of Christ

In ancient times clary sage was used as an eye wash and to treat menstrual cramps.  

People would also use clary sage to enhance their ability to dream and to help achieve meditative or visionary states of consciousness.

In the 1600s, herbalist Nicholas Culpepper documented how mixing clary sage with wine would act like an aphrodisiac.

Clary Sage Correspondence 

  • Clary sage is considered Feminine.
  • The vibration of clary sage is considered part of the air and earth elements.
  • Clary sage is associated with the moon and is ruled by Mercury.
  • Astrological signs of clary sage: Leo, Cancer, Pisces, Capricorn.
  • Clary sage is associated with the Deities Diana, Juno, and Luna.
  • Clary sage is comfortable in both the darkness and the light.
  • In the first year, clary sage aligns itself with winter and attunes itself to darkness and death.
  • In the second year, clary sage sends stalks up towards the sun. 

5 Magical Properties Of Clary Sage

Can clary sage open up your “third eye”?

Using clary sage can help open up your third eye (also known as Ajna chakra) and can induce a state of euphoria.  Your third eye governs how prana (energy) moves within the body.

7 Top Spiritual Properties Of Clary Sage

Your third eye (also called the mind’s eye or inner eye) is the pineal gland located in the vertebrate brain located near the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.  Your third eye is located on your forehead between the brow.

The third eye is connected to providing perception beyond ordinary sight. This includes being able to increase clarity, concentration, imagination, intuition, lucid dreaming, telepathy, clairvoyance, astral projection, and other altered states of consciousness.

Your third eye, known as Ajna chakra is your sixth chakra.  When your sixth chakra is balanced, it is believed you can see or perceive things you can not normally see.

  • The best way to open up your third eye using clary sage is to place one or two drops of clary sage in a 10 ml roller bottle and fill the rest with a carrier oil. 
  • Anoint your third eye with the oil.  You can also diffuse clary sage in your diffuser to aid in the process.  
  • After doing this, you need to meditate.  Once you are in your meditative state, focus your attention on your third eye. 
  • While your eyes are closed, turn your eyeballs towards your third eye.
  • repeat the mantra “om” either in your mind or out loud.
  • To also help stimulate your Ajna chakra, control your breathing inhale – hold – exhale, in a 1-1-2 ratio.  In other words, when you exhale, exhale twice as long as you inhaled.

If you prefer to use a ready-made roller bottle of clary sage,  you can purchase one already made such as this Organic Clary Sage Essential Oil Roll by Red Silk Essentials.

Can clary sage be used to enhance dreams?

Clary sage can help open your mind for dream work by encouraging your third eye to have more vivid imagery in your dreams of whatever you are feeling in your dream state.

Clary sage has been known to calm the mind and helps to provide a restful night’s sleep.  

Clary sage holds the energy of the full moon, which gives it its relationship with lunacy, dreams, and night activity.  

For thousands of years, shamans, healers, sorcerers, witches, and priests have used clary sage to enhance their dream work.  

Some modern studies have already been conducted on the ability of clary sage and other essential oils to enhance dreams.  While there is some evidence that certain essential oils such as clary sage do enhance dreams, more studies need to be conducted.

To help produce vivid dream imagery and open your mind to dream work, take a relaxing bath just before you go to bed.  Mix 10 drops of clary sage into your bath, along with any other herbs and essential oils you may use for your relaxing bath.

You can also rub clary sage (mixed with a carrier oil) on your body just before you go to bed.

Can clary sage be used to induce Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)?

Clary sage has the magical ability to help you gain knowledge about objects, people, places, or physical events through extra sensory perception that may be distant in either time or space.

In the past, a person who had clairvoyant abilities was usually referred to as an oracle.  Today, we usually refer to this ability as ESP and the people who have this ability are known as psychics or remote viewers.

Most people think we only have 5 senses.  Others believe we have 6 or 7 senses.  The other 2 senses are the ability to sense other living things and the telepathic sense.  Clary sage enhances your telepathic (ESP) sense.

In fact, during the Cold War years, the United States and the Soviet Union had classified programs in which they used psychics (remote viewers) to spy on each other.

The United States program was called Project STARGATE.  Even to this day, much of the program remains classified.

Many studies have been conducted on the phenomenon, with many having positive results, but to this day, ESP remains a controversial subject.

The best way to enhance your ESP abilities with clary sage is to diffuse clary sage essential oil in your diffuser or you can place a few drops of clary sage essential oil in your sleep satchel.  This will help you open up your intuitive pathways that are locked up.

You can also place a drop of clary sage diluted in a carrier oil over your third eye, just between your brows.

Can clary sage be used to enhance trance and meditative states?

Clary sage contains calming, sedating esters, alcohols, and monoterpene compounds that can provide balancing and uplifting benefits that are beneficial when trying to achieve a meditative or trance-like state. 

Clary sage can clear negative energies that prevent you from entering into a meditative state.

It is said that clary sage can help you obtain spiritual wisdom.

Up to 75% of clary sage is an ester called Linalyl Acetate.  This ester is one of the main compounds that give clary sage its distinct odor and flavor.

Linalyl Acetate is also one of the compounds that give clary sage its relaxation properties.

Of all my essential oils, I personally find clary sage to be one of the most relaxing oils that I diffuse.  After diffusing clary sage for 5-10 minutes, I have a euphoric feeling that is difficult to describe.  

Can clary sage be used in love spells?

Clary sage has been known to set a sensual mood with its stimulating scent that is a calming influence on the mind.  When used in a love spell, clary sage is usually just one of several herbs or essential oils used.

Some of the other herbs or essential oils that clary sage is mixed within a love spell include:

  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli

If you are interested you can also find clary sage in some inexpensive and some not-so-inexpensive perfumes and colognes such as the following:

Keep in mind that just creating a love spell is not enough.  Your spell requires the power of intention so your spell can manifest into what you have imagined.

A love spell can be used for various reasons including.

  • For you to find a new love
  • To get someone to fall in love with you
  • Heal a breakup
  • Overcome shyness
  • Make yourself more attractive
  • Add romance into an existing relationship

Other Magical Properties Of Clary Sage

Other magical properties of clary sage include easing menstrual cramps, and easing symptoms of throat and respiratory infections, and is useful against skin problems such as acne, boils, oily skin, dandruff, and hair loss.

Clary sage is thought to stimulate the root and sacral chakras.

When massaged onto acupressure points, clary sage can induce strong and regular contractions within 10 minutes in some people.

There are many magical properties that essential oils (including clary sage essential oil) have.  If you are interested in learning about some of these magical properties, check out our article

15 Magical Properties Of Essential Oils“.

What Does clary sage Smell Like?

Clary sage has a beautiful bittersweet herbal aroma with soft floral notes.  


The way you use clary sage in your magical and spiritual practices is only limited by your imagination.  

If you know of other magical properties of clary sage or different ways in which you use clary sage on your spiritual journey, we would love to hear from you.

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