Clove Essential Oil
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- Eugenia caryophyllata
- Certified Organic
About the Oil: Clove Essential Oil has the highest antioxidant capability (ORAC value) of any essential oil (read cautions before ingesting). It has been included in 'longevity' formulas for this reason.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Clove is a medium sized evergreen tree native to Indonesia. Clove buds are a widely used spice and flavor ingredient. Our Clove Bud essential oil is made from the immature buds and is the safest type of clove oil, but still should be use with caution (use in low dilution of 1% or less).
ABOUT THE OIL
We offer two Clove essential oils: an organic CO2 processed oil, and a wild-grown steam distilled oil. The CO2 process benefits the distillation as it seems to with all spice oils, resulting in a more viscous and complex, yet more tenacious scent. It is the best choice for antimicrobial purposes. The wildcrafted Madagascar clove is simply wonderful, being spicy, warm and sweet. For aromatic purposes this is likely the best choice.
Due to its exceptional antioxidant capabilities and its efficacy as a dietary supplement (read cautions before ingestion), Clove Essential Oil has been included in many recipes for health and long life.
During the Renaissance, Clove oil was used to prevent the spread of epidemics and plague, thanks to its strong anti-microbial actions. In TCM, the oil was first used as a remedy for bad breath. Currently, the whole and ground spices are principally used for culinary spices, and to produce pickles and sauces. Indonesia is one of the largest consumers of cloves, mostly for the manufacture of the kretek cigarette.
- protects cells against oxidative damage
- helps stop or prevent bleeding
- insect repellent
- neutralizes microbes
- settles digestion
- increases absorption in the intestines
- promotes normal peristalsis
- assists the body's natural eliminatory response
- increases appetite
- neutralizes parasites
- eases discomfort
- decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
- reduces redness
- diminishes swelling
- soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
- eases toothache
- relaxes cramping
- Stimulates mental alertness
- In TCM, clove oil is warming and tonifies Qi. Subsequently, it helps eliminate any condition associated with cold.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- massage, compress, ointment
- Dilute to a solution of 1% or less, as Clove can be irritating to skin. Great for massaging sore joints.
- A drop or two of Clove oil added to a cotton swab and applied directly to mouth sores or aching teeth alleviates pain for hours.
- Clove oil can be used to assist breaking of tobacco addiction by placing a drop on the tongue with one's finger.
- Add one or two drops to 4 ounces of water and gargle. Clove oil can also be consumed internally in the same fashion.
Clove essential oil is a yellow liquid with a spicy, warm, sweet aroma and a fresh top note.
Clove blends well with: Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Vanilla, and Ylang Ylang. A potent mental tonic, Clove mixed with Peppermint wards off drowsiness.
For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils. Also see our aromatherapy essential oils recipes page.
Clove Essential oil has been reported to be a dermal (skin) irritant, and sensitizer. When using topically, take care to heavily dilute blends with carrier oil. Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN; high doses of Clove oil can be near fatal, especially in small children.
If pregnant or nursing, seek the advice of your medical practitioner.
Can act as a blood thinner, and SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF USING A PRESCRIPTION BLOOD THINNER SUCH AS COUMARIN OR WARFARIN.