Clove Bud Essential Oil
Description: Our Clove Bud Essential Oil (Eugenia caryophylatta) from India is therapeutic quality essential oil steam distilled from the buds.
Clove is a familiar spice and comes from an evergreen tree that grows up to twelve feet in height. At harvest time the branches are beaten with sticks, causing the buds to fall to the ground. The fragrant buds are then gathered and dried to be used in the spice and perfume industries. The essential oil is extracted by distillation from the buds.
Uses: Clove Bud essential oil has been described by some aromatherapists as a natural analgesic and natural antiseptic and today it’s used primarily in dentistry for its main ingredient, eugenol. It has been, and still is, widely used as a home remedy for toothache and less commonly these days for flatulence and nausea. It consists of 60–90% eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene, and other minor constituents. In addition, some samples contain methyleugenol
Clove Bud is a skin irritant and should be used at a maximum concentration of 0.5% on healthy skin; it should be completely avoided by anyone with diseased or damaged skin and by children under 2 years of age. A less harsh option might be Clove Leaf Oil.
More Information: The plant that produces clove buds is believed to have originated in Indonesia and the buds were one of the earliest and most highly valued spices traded in the ancient world. The aroma of clove buds has been said to aid in the awakening of the senses for spiritual work and has been used in many incense blends for meditation. It was used extensively in China for many ailments. The essential oil may have applications as an antioxidant as suggested by this study: Antioxidant properties of essential oils from lemon, grapefruit, coriander, clove, and their mixtures | SpringerLink.
Safety Information: As noted above, Clove Bud essential oil is a skin irritant and for topical use must be diluted in vegetable oil to a maximum concentration of 0.5%; avoid use on diseased or damaged skin; do not use on or around children under 2 years of age. We do not recommend internal use of any essential oil except by licensed health care professionals but be aware that oral use of clove bud essential oil may inhibit blood clotting and may interact with MAOIs and SSRIs.