Minimize labour pain with this powerful herb


Famous during the Middle Ages for its ability to clear eye problems clary sage is known in many cultures as The Christʼs eyes”. Widely used for female complaints such as painful periods, scanty menstruation.

The scent of clary sage oil along with acupressure treatment can help a woman  feel more connected with the intense emotions. Specially when it is applied during last stage of labor, as It may calm and enhance the dream state, helping to bring about a feeling of euphoria.




salvia-sclarea-clary-sage-oil-1500x1500-600dpi-0Where to use clary sage

It has  therapeutic properties like anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-convulsive, anti- fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, nerve tonic, sedative, soothing, uterine tonic, warming, diuretic and digestive.

Dilute in gentle carrier oil  and rub it into the skin over the reproductive organs,
acupressure points in the legs and feet.

Between contractions

Apply one to three drops of the essential in the palm of your hands and inhale deeply
three times. In my experience women generally can fit two deep inhalation before next

The other choice is to  use clary sage is to place a few  drops  of undiluted oil in a
cotton balls, once the oil is absorbed, the mother can place the cotton balls under her
pillow or somewhere nearby while she is giving birth.

During contractions:

Apply 1-3 drops of clary sage essential oil blend to the acupressure points SP6, Ki1, Bl28 and massage with finger.

Important to hold the pressure for 1-2 breaths. Than stroke along the meridian line. i.e. Sp meridian continue massaging the lower legs towards the inner side of the foot towards the big toe.

When contractions slow down or dilation needs to speed up

  • Inhalation is the best remedy. The pungent fragrance helps quicken the labor process by intensifying the muscle contractions.
  • Rub diluted (see recipe) clary sage essential oil on her belly while in labor.
    It releases muscle tension and provides the necessary calm and comfort to the mother.
  • It also helps in muscle dilation, required for the baby to come out.
    Massage the KI1 point, located in the bottom of foot and apply deep holding pressure.
  • It helps to ground and bring the energy down to the legs.
    Massage the palm of hands along lung (thumb side) and heart(little finger side)
    meridians. Stroke the inner arms several times.

Recipe from Guiaʼs Lotus Blends

I put this formula together for my second pregnancy and and loved it! I added fennel for nausea and Ylang ylang to increase pleasure and feeling of sensuality. It also balances yin energy male and female energy in the body.

Labor oil

  • 10 drops of clary sage oil
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 4 drops of fennel
  • 4 drops of Ylang Ylang
  • 50 ml of either grape seed oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil

This blend can be massaged on the palm and the feet of the woman in 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.


“Essential Oils Desk Reference by Essential Science Publishing ESP. Research”, by Dr.
Gary Young
“Aromatherapy an A-Z”, by Patricia Davis
“Healing with Aromatherapy”, by Marlene Ericksen

Guiomar Campbell

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Guiomar is a performing artist and an Integrated Health Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in depression and anxiety disorders. She has a degree in nursing and obstetrics from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. She received her diploma in shiatsu therapy in 1995 and a diploma in acupuncture in 1999 at the Shiatsu School of Canada where she worked for 15 years as a shiatsu instructor in the diploma program. She is a member in good standing of College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Guiomar specializes in men and women’s reproductive health, gynecology, pregnancy and post partum care. She also has lots of experience treating digestive issues, migraine headache, and insomnia.

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