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Clove Bud

Clove Bud


Pure Therapeutic Clove Bud essential oil

Botanical name :  Eugenia caryophyllata   (Eugenia aromatica, Syzygium aromaticum)

Extraction method / Source :  Steam distillation of the dried flower bud and stem

Aroma :  Sweet, spicy

Note classification : Top, Middle      Odor Intensity :  5

Key constituents :  Eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene  

Plant description :  Botanical family :  Oleaceae  (Myrtaceae)       Clove is a tropical evergreen tree indigenous to Indonesia.  It grows to a height of about 40-60 feet, and has aromatic dark green leathery leaves and rosy pink buds that bloom into bright red flowers, followed by purple berries.  Clove trees are long-lived, and are reported to remain productive for 150 years.  Clove trees were introduced to Zanzibar, now Tanzania, in the 19th century, and that region has become the world leader in exports of clove.

Regions of Production :  Indonesia

Growing Practices :  Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides 

Properties :  Antibacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, insect repellent, stomachic.          Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Uses / Benefits :  Warming, improves circulation, useful for pain relief for arthritis, rheumatism and sprains.  Beneficial for cold and flu prevention, throat infections and general mouth care.  Helps manage symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.  Clove oil is numbing for all kinds of pain, and is frequently used for toothache.  Undiluted clove oil applied directly to an aching tooth and surrounding area will give pain relief for several hours.  Stimulates the appetite, improves digestion and helps relieve flatulence (gas).  Repels lice and scabies.  

Fragrant influences : Mental stimulant (use with Peppermint essential oil to help alleviate drowsiness), promotes dreaming, improves sleep, aphrodisiac.

Modes of administration : Topical :  bath, massage, compress, ointment, oral care - Use neat (undiluted) for pain relief, 1 - 2% in water for antiseptic mouthwash.    Inhalation :  direct inhalation, diffuser

Safety :  Not for use internally, except in cooking.  Non toxic in doses used in aromatherapy.  May be irritating and sensitizing to the skin.  May enhance the effects of Warfarin, aspirin and other prescription blood thinners.  Avoid in pregnancy and for children under 6 years.  Do not use if you have cancer. 

Blends well with : Bay, Benzoin, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

History / Fun Facts :   The first recorded use of Clove was in China, around 220 BC, where it was used to freshen the mouth.  Clove became popular in Europe in the 13th Century after being introduced by Marco Polo.  For years, Eugenol, Clove's primary constituent, was used by dentists to numb the mouth.  In 1990, a group of medical researchers demonstrated that a solution of 0.05% Eugenol from Clove oil killed tuberculosis bacilli.  A 1% solution of Pure Clove essential oil has an antiseptic strength 3 - 4 times that of Phenol.  Clove oil is reputed to be part of the legendary "Four Thieves Vinegar" - see our version of this amazing essential oil blend, TIMELESS Thieves Oil.

TIMELESS Essential Oils guarantees the purity and quality of all our therapeutic essential oils.  Current Certificate of Analysis is available upon request. 


References :

Althea Press, Essential Oils : Natural Remedies, 2015. Althea Press, Berkeley, CA.

Battaglia, SalvatoreThe Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia.

Cooksley, Valerie Gennari, Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal, 2002. Prentice Hall Press, New York, NY.

Cooksley, Valerie Gennari, Aromatherapy : A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils, 2015.  Floramed Publishing, The Woodlands, TX.

International Fragrance Research Association, (January 5, 2016).

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy : The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, 1995. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils : The Science of Aromatherapy, 2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

United States Food and Drug Administration, HHS, 182.1  Substances That Are Generally Recognized as Safe, 182.20 Essential oils, Oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates), (January 28, 2016).

Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, CA.

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 

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