Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, or aetherolea, or simply as the "oil of" the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant.
The health benefits of Sage Clary can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, sedative, stomach and uterine substances.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, and other products for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products.