RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Assessing the Use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Midwife and Assistant Lecturer Samuel Todd in his paper ‘Evidence for the Uterotonic Effect of the Essential Oil of Clary Sage and its use to Promote Spontaneous Labour and Reduce the need for Induction of Labour’, states that, “from undertaking this literature review it is clear that there is no high quality evidence to support the use of clary sage essential oil in inducing labour, however there were positive findings in the service evaluations and audits that have been undertaken.”

He continues with his recommendation that it “is for further quality research (such as randomised control trail) to examine whether clary sage essential oil could be used in aromatherapy treatments to induce labour…”

The full article available in the periodical Aromatherapy Times Edition 127 Winter 2020 from International Federation of Aromatherapists.

We’re delighted that Samuel Todd is focusing on this subject, as at Aromatherapy for Childbirth we have long had an awareness of this lack of evidence-based practice research with Clary Sage, and so have conducted our own survey into practice-based evidence from those who have experience of the widespread use of Clary Sage in labour, as we had heard many stories about how Clary Sage had supported induction and good progress during labour. We published the results on our website blog in 2018 when we had 28 respondents and you can see the results here.

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