What is clary sage, you ask? Salvia sclarea, or clary sage, is a perennial herb that has been used for centuries as a curative. Some old herbal remedies recommended placing a clary sage seed in your eye if a foreign object became lodged there; the seed’s sticky coating would help to draw it out. That’s why clary sage is sometimes referred to as “clear-eye.”
I only learned this tidbit of 17th-century medicinal know-how after moving back to the West Coast, and the spate of gardening and home-cooking that followed. Sharing a good meal with good friends is one of my greatest joys in life. This blog is a place to share, if not the food, the recipes and snapshots.
For myself, it’s also a personal log of the quirks and comforts of returning home to the West. And as a writer, I’d like for this blog to be a practice to keep me sharp and type out what’s on my mind, just like how I run to stretch my legs and clear my head.
One last bit of trivia: Clary is my maiden name, so I confess to having a predisposed fondness for the plant. Incidentally clary sage is sometimes used in aromatherapy for helping with insomnia. As I’m prone to being a night owl, here’s hoping this blog is a cure of sorts—if ironically one that keeps me up late writing. And with that, I’m off to bed.