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Clary Sage Oil to Induce Labor

All You Need to Know About Using Clary Sage Oil to Induce Labor

Clary sage oil is one of the most effective labor-inducing agents for pregnant women. This HerHaleness article discusses the benefits and risks associated with the use of this oil to induce labor.
Lalan Maliakal
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
Word of Advice
Clary sage oil should not be used during the whole pregnancy term as it can possibly cause termination of pregnancy by inducing uterine contractions and bleeding.
Clary sage essential oil is extracted from an aromatic herb known as Salvia sclarea. This herb is native to southern Europe, and it grows up to 1 meter in height with large, hairy leaves, and small blue or white flowers. The oil is obtained from the flowers and leaves by the method of steam distillation. It is loaded with tons of therapeutic attributes like anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, and digestive properties. It helps relieve stress, depression, headaches and migraines, symptoms of PMS, menstruation discomfort, etc. People have experienced relief from their health-related problems by using clary sage oil. Its uses are countless, but one of the numerous benefits is its role in inducing labor. It promotes relaxation and pain relief during childbirth.
How to Use Clary Sage Oil to Induce Labor
This oil can be used to induce labor in the following ways:
Method #1
Dip a few cotton balls in the oil, and keep them under the expecting mother's pillow. The pungent smell emanated from these balls helps relieve muscle tension and reduce stress levels. The smell also helps quicken the labor process by intensifying muscle contractions.
Method #2
Apply a few drops of this oil on the belly of the pregnant woman, but only under the guidance of a doctor. This aromatic essential oil is known to create a feeling of euphoria, which helps alleviate labor pain.
Method #3
Mix 10 drops of clary sage oil with 50 ml of almond oil. Massage this resultant oil on the palm and feet of the woman shortly before labor. It releases muscle tension, and thereby, provides the necessary calm and comfort to the mother. It also helps in muscle dilation required for the baby to come out.
Method #4
Soak in the goodness of this oil (3 to 5 drops) to induce labor by mixing it in your bathwater. This helps promote uterine contractions for a less painful and easier delivery.
What You Ought to Know
Following are a few tips to deal with the complications of using this oil for labor induction:
  • Remember that clary sage oil should not be confused with regular sage oil. This is because the regular sage oil has a strong odor, which can be harmful for the baby.
  • The aroma of clary sage oil may cause uterine contractions. Also, it can induce menstrual bleeding, which may lead to a miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy. Therefore, this oil should not be used during the late third trimester.
  • Use this oil in moderate quantities, else it may cause severe headache.
  • Always perform a patch test before applying this oil on any part of the body, as it may cause an allergic reaction in some women.
The sense of touch and smell can work miracles on your body. It would be such a joyous moment to have your baby in your arms after a successful and painless delivery. Clary sage oil is one of the best ways to experience the goodness of nature. Its benefits have been researched well; however, it is best to use it after consulting your midwife or doctor.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional medical advice.
Flowering Sage with bokeh (Salvia nemarosa)
Young pregnant woman with oil for the belly