This essential is produced by steam distillation of the freshly harvested flowering tops. Clary sage has an effect on the pituitary gland and therefore useful in balancing a variety of menstrual problems. Clary sage is a highly euphoric oil and useful in treating mild depression. Care must be taken as its euphoric effect can be quite strong on particularly sensitive individuals and it should not be combined with alcohol. Blends well with lime, neroli, jasmine, patchouli, bergamot and petitigrain.