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An organically grown herbaceous biennial plant produces lilac/pink flowers in its second year, around June to July. These flowers are attractive to a range of pollinators and would be ideally suited to a wildlife garden. It prefers well-drained sandy soil but also grows in moist, fertile soil and enjoys full sun position. Not to be confused with Sage (Salvia officinalis) which has stronger properties.
Clary sage was traditionally used on eyes as an eyewash, using either fresh or dried leaves to make either a decoction or tea. These could also be used on abrasions or small wounds as the plant has astringent and antibacterial properties and may also soothe itchy skin. It also has anti-fungal properties. Always ensure you offer a cooled tea alongside freshwater, and if applying topically, always offer to your animal first.
Clary sage may also be beneficial in relieving wind and digestive upsets; it also has antispasmodic properties and may promote appetite.
This plant contains phytoestrogens which provide hormonal balance and is thus supportive for the female reproductive system. As such, this plant is best avoided in pregnancy.
Clary sage is more often used as an essential oil, which offers emotional support when dealing with rough times. It has calming and soothing properties as a natural sedative and may be beneficial for issues such as nervousness and anxiety. A hydrosol could be made from the plant, proving similar support, but as a milder option.
It is worth noting this plant is a particular favourite of slugs, so it may be beneficial to add a circle of sand or eggshells around this plant when planting.
Horses and dogs may select the plant when required (this is known as zoopharmacognosy).
We would recommend further investigation to ensure no additional contraindications with any medication or conditions your animal may have.
Plants are supplied in a compostable bag.