Ingredient Spotlight: Clary Sage

Winter Balm is formulated with high performance botanicals to soothe and shield your skin from windburn and chapping. One of the stars, for redness relief in particular, is Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) Oil. Clary sage has a long history as a medicinal herb bringing relief from ailments ranging from eye irritation to inflamed skin.

What is it?

Clary sage is a biennial native to the Mediterranean basin. The plant can grow to 3-4 ft tall and has square, fuzzy stems and vertical bunches of flowers that range in color from pale mauve to lilac, which are distilled to produce the essential oil. The oil is considered nontoxic and non-irritant. Clary sage gets it's name from the Latin word clarus, clear. It was referred to as "clear eyes" in the Middle Ages as it was used to address eye concerns like tired, strained eyes. Now it is used in many skin products for it's cooling properties to help reduce redness and calm skin.

What does it do?

The compounds in clary sage oil have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to soothe red, upset skin. It also is high in antioxidants which aid in skin cell regeneration. These attributes make it the perfect ingredient for anyone whose skin is exposed to the harsh effects of the cold.

Learn more about the powerful botanicals in Winter Balm here.