Nurse-Midwifery M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Hardy, Paige

Second Reader

Katrina Wu


Introduction: Women have used various herbal remedies for health issues for centuries. One of the most commonly used essential oils is clary sage (Salvia sclarea). It is important for women’s health providers to know and provide evidence-based information on herbal therapies that women may be using. The aim of this study review is to investigate the research literature to discover the efficacy and safety of clary sage for women’s health issues. Methods: A review of literature from CINAHL, PubMed, Science Direct, and Google Scholar databases was conducted in February of 2022. Twenty-five pieces of literature relevant to women’s health were reviewed using the framework of Levine’s Conservation Model to improve the woman’s physical and emotional well-being. Results: These 25 articles demonstrated six ways in which clary sage has evidence to support its use: labor, postpartum, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual pain, its effect on the autonomic nervous system, and its psychological effects. Discussion: Clary sage has been successfully used for menstrual pain, labor pain, improving labor contractions, reducing stress, tension, anxiety, depression, and calming the autonomic nervous system. Clary sage was found to have a profile of safe use with no known adverse effects. Healthcare providers can provide evidence-based information for clary sage aromatherapy and massage for individualized low-intervention health needs and preferences.

Degree Name

M.S. Nurse-Midwifery

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis