Clary sage (Salvia Sclarea) is a cousin of garden sage. This perennial or biennial herb originated in the Mediterranean region and central Asia. It grows to three feet in height, with sturdy, hairy stems and clumpy purple flowers. In the middle ages, its mucilaginous properties lead to its use as an eyewash and aid to clear sight. It has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a powerful cholesterol fighter. It also helps to treat stress and poor circulation. Among the herb’s chief chemical components are sclareol, which has shown potential for fighting leukemia. And linalyl acetate, which reduces skin irritations and rashes.