From the dried flower buds from the slender, medium-sized tropical tree. Clove bud is a clear to yellow mobile liquid becoming brown with a strong, sweet and spicy odor.
80 - 95 % essential oil with 45 - 75 % eugenol, 10
- 20 % caryophyllene, 5 - 25 % eugenyl acetate.
During the Renaissance, pomanders were made with cloves to keep epidemics and the plague at bay. Cloves are used in traditional medicine for many uses. Clove tea is used to relieve nausea and the essential oil is well known for its ability to alleviate toothaches (as a local analgesic) and as a mouthwash. Eugenol, like other phenols, acts to depress sensory receptors involved in pain perception.
- a positive and stimulating effect on the mind
- may strengthen memory.
- a mental tonic when used with peppermint may ward off drowsiness.
- also known for its aphrodisiac properties. (in very small quantities).
- it is used frequently in perfumery for its sweet-spicy note.
According to TCM, clove oil is warming and it tonifies Qi. It may be used to generate warmth and to eliminate any condition associated with cold.
The rich spicy aroma of clove oil suggests that the clove personality is: dynamic, self assured and full of energy.
Blends: well with - basil, cinnamon, clary sage, ginger, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, rosemary & thyme.
Application notes and side effects:
Eugenol is classified as skin allergen according
to the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) [14-15].
External use ONLY. Do NOT use undiluted on the skin.
Very potent oil. Use with caution. A known dermal & muscous membrane irritant.
Really should NOT be used on the skin. Skin irritation could occur. A dilution of less than 1%). Never apply to broken or irritated skin. Those on blood thinners should avoid any use of Clove Essential Oil.
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