Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is in the same genus as common sage (Salvia officinalis) but should not be confused with it. The genus is enormous. Clary sage is grown mostly for its essential oil, which is used in perfumes and flavorings.
This Mediterranean herb is well-known for balancing feminine hormones, perhaps because of the estrogen-like structure of Sclarenol, a substence found in its oil. Its strong, lavender-like scent can alleviate depression or anxiety and bring on a pleasantly relaxed mental state. Obviously this combination is all kinds of help for women who lack libido for one reason or another, and it’s been used to that end for centuries.
For some people, the scent of clary sage induces a mild euphoria. For almost everyone, it induces relaxation and a pleasant state of mind.
Though it isn’t an aphrodisiac for any particular medical reason, clary sage is good to keep in mind when setting a mood. Its effects can open the mind to romantic possibilities. And in any case, it’s a very nice scent.