It’s time for another dose of ‘Ask the Experts’. Our question and answer today comes from the post written by Robert Tisserand, ”Is Clary Sage Estrogenic?’
Read your remark about clary sage estrogenic properties. You do not, however, discuss if taken as a supplement only an aromatic oil.
Does it react differently if taken internally and if one wants to replace fish oil for the omega 3 properties how much clary sage would it require. also, would it need to be taken with food. As to the estrogen issue, if one did have breast cancer at some point and is in remission would it be a recommended supplement.
No, clary sage oil does not react differently if taken internally. Essential oil constituents are metabolized to some extent in the skin, and this has some ramifications for skin reactions. However in general, the only differences between oral ingestion and dermal application is the more concentrated nature of the oral route, and the fact that an oral dose may be much higher. Once essential oil constituents are absorbed through the skin (usually about 10% of the amount applied) they enter the bloodstream and find their way to the liver where they are metabolized, as from ingestion.
Yes, essential oils should be taken with food, because this minimizes the risk of gastric irritation.
It is theoretically possible that clary sage oil might help prevent breast cancer, and the research compared 13-epi-sclareol to Tamoxifen, which has been used in this way. However, not enough is known about clary sage oil and breast cancer for us to know how much should be taken. The research was an in vitro study, which therefore does not give much information about dose, and they used a constituent of clary sage, not the whole essential oil.
Foods that contain essential oil constituents that have shown anti-breast cancer effects include garlic, limes and cruciferous vegetables. Oregano oil may also be a preventative, and this is available in capsule form.