Clove, usually referred to as clove bud, comes from an evergreen tree produces a flower bud that has medicinal properties. The Clove Bud has a shaft and a head. The Latin name clavus means nail because of its shape.

Clove has been used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations, mainly in its cuisine. Later, the uses of clove spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the 7th and 8th centuries.

Clove oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and aphrodisiac properties. This essential oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.

The most important use of clove oil is in dental care.  Several kinds of toothpaste, mouthwashes and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient.

Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamins A and C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spice clove essential oil in dark glass bottle surrounded by dry cloves on dark wooden background

Scientific name: Syzygium aromaticum

PARTS USED

Flower buds  

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Mid to top range.

 AROMA

Warm, spicy, woody, with a slightly fruity top note.

USES

This oil is usually associated with dental preparations due to its analgesic properties. Clove also has a long history in Chinese and Indian medicine.

PACKAGING

Essential oils are packaged in glass bottles with drop reducers for easy application. Larger sizes are packaged in screw cap bottles and do not come with droppers.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Allspice, bay, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang-ylang

HERBAL MISCELLANY

Clove oil will darken or thicken with age and exposure to air.

How to use Clove Bud Oil the right way:

Mix 2 drops with a carrier oil and massage on abdomen to assist in relieving digestive discomfort. Add 3 to 5 drops in lukewarm bath water to calm bowel issues.

Use 2 drops of clove bud oil in steam inhalation to aid in relieving mucus and loosen phlegm. Add 2 drops to decongesting ointment or gel and rub on chest, back and throat.

Add 2 drops of clove oil to skin care products or 1 milliliter of jojoba oil. This can help hasten the healing of wounds, cuts, bruises and athlete’s foot.

Massage 3 drops of clove oil with 2 milliliters of carrier oil to experience the oil’s painkilling action.

Add 1 drop of diluted clove oil on a cotton ball to relieve tooth or gum pain. Press the cotton ball and leave on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Add 2 drops of clove bud oil to a cup of warm water and use this as a gargle.

2 drops of clove bud plant oil used in a diffuser or vaporizer can ward off insects. Blending 2 to 3 drops to your skin care product can also produce an insect repellent.

CAUTION

Oil Specific: Don’t use Clove Bud essential oil while pregnant and if you have liver and kidney conditions.  If you have sensitive skin this may cause skin irritation.

General: As with all essential oils, never use Clove bud oil undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Using this oil undiluted can lead to serious skin problems. To prevent this from happening, dilute clove bud oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil or olive oil. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body,  after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. This oil is very potent and it is to be used in small, measured quantities.

As with all oils, this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.