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Can Testosterone Be Raised Naturally?

Nov 14 2012

Clary Sage Essential OilClary Sage Essential Oils and Testosterone

It has been well known for a long time, for building a lean muscular physique and increasing sexual desire, testosterone has been of primary importance.

By now you are probably wondering if we are talking about essential oils or you have been misdirected to a body building website.  Rest assured you are still on our essential oil site and are about learn a'bit of information regarding Clary Sage and testosterone.  In many body building circles this has already started to gain popularity.

Testosterone is not just important in mens health

From the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2006, comes a study that concludes that hormone-deficient women who tried a testosterone patch for a year grew stronger bones, bigger muscles, and a more robust libido. In the double-blind investigation, 51 premenopausal women were divided. Half received the testosterone patch while the other half received a placebo. The women were evaluated at intervals during 12 months. After one year, x-ray absorptiometry revealed significantly improved bone mineral density in the testosterone group.

Hip density improved by an average of 1% compared to a 1% loss in the placebo group. Muscle mass grew by 7% in the testosterone group compared to a 1.5% loss in the placebo group.

Women in the treatment group reported significantly better overall mood and sexual functioning including increased arousal and overall better sexual experiences. A dose of testosterone was just 6% of a standard male dose.

Studies in Europe have shown that inhaling Clary Sage “vapor” will oxygenate and stimulate the brain to release luteinizing hormone, the precursor to production of testosterone.  In short it is thought Clary Sage when inhaled is carried up through the nasal cavity, activating the hypothalamus and pituitary directly, for instant stimulation of the gonadotrope (a type of basophil in the adenohypophysis whose granules secrete Follicle-Stimulating Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone).

Other research performed, in-vitro, has lead to speculation that one of the primary mechanisms for stimulation and release of LH (luteinizing hormone) is caused by up-regulation of cAMP (Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate) in the pituitary. One of the active isolates in Clary Sage is Sclareolide.

In the case of testosterone this isolate works as a catalyst by speeding up the production and hence the possibilities of Clary Sage helping with low levels of testosterone.  The evidence is so strong that some body building supplement companies have invested heavily to secure rights to Clary Sage farms harvests.  There is no published amounts for Clary Sage oil inhalation to elicite testosterone increases, it is known that overexposure will cause dizziness and/or nasea.

This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed or implied as medical advice.  Before embarking on any healing process one should always consult their physician.

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