Obtained from the flowering stems of Salvia sclarea L. Clary Sage is a biennial or perennial herb that grows up to six feet in height.
The oil has large amounts of natural linalyl acetate (typically 65%+) and approximately 20% linalool.
Clary sage is thought to have a number of therapeutic benefits, in particular for women’s health. However, it also has known benefits to reduce the symptoms of upset stomach and other digestive disorders, as well as kidney diseases.
Clary sage is used as a flavouring agent in many food and beverage products as well as used in fragrances in particular for cosmetic applications.
Recent production in France is estimated to be of around 20MT per annum after significant growth in 2016. The season starts around late June and finishing within a couple of weeks.
Often the flowers are used for the production of sclareol, a concrete which in turn is used for the manufacture of a number of valuable aromatic compounds like ambroxan. Typical sclareol yields range from 0.5-2.5%
It is understood that France consumes almost all of its annual production internally in the perfumery and aromatherapy markets.
Unfavourable weather conditions have led to a poor harvest in 2019. Despite that operators are faced with large unsold quantities. This is primarily due to the overproduction of clary sage in recent years. The market did not absorb the produced quantities, and buffer stocks kept building up. Even today the demand for clary sage is relatively low.
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