Clove Bud Essential Oil (10 ml)
Clove Bud's Story
Clove bud’s personality is uncomplicated and authentic- some might even call him rustic or stuck-up; but of course, his self-assured and fierce nature knows better than to listen to people who don’t know better. Not as gregarious as the other oil fellows, Clove’s mantra is “talk less, act more”. A missionary soul, Clove Bud likes to put his life on the line to help others. How can someone so supportive be stuck-up?
You would most often see Clove performing humanitarian or medical roles. He possesses several healing gifts: boosting your immune system, helping with digestion, fighting viruses and eliminating depression- he does all this with the ease and grace of a well-worn soul. Some wonder if all these traits are genetic or self-taught. Regardless, his fiery nature and capability to provide both comfort and energy makes him a valuable friend to have. Always warm and pleasant, Clove Bud is sure of himself, not out of ego, but out of faith in his own forces. He makes good use of his fierce temperament to bring confidence and optimism everywhere he goes.
Spicy, rich, warm, sweet & woody
Digestion: Clove has been used for hundreds of years as a traditional remedy for a variety of digestive ailments. Massaging a blend containing Clove into the abdomen helps reduce gas and boost digestion.
Immunostimulant: Inhaling a blend containing Clove is especially useful for boosting a compromised immune system and for speeding up recovery in convalescing patients. It blends well with Lemon and Palmarosa. The immunity boosting actions of Clove Bud oil are thought to stem from two factors – the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties and its effects on interleukins (Saad, Muller and Lobstein 2013).
Musculoskeletal: Clove is a warming oil. When applied topically it stimulates blood flow and increases warmth at the site of application, reducing pain and inflammation. Clove is particularly useful for sciatica and for nerve pain in general. Because it is such a strong oil, less is more when using Clove in massage creams and blends. It blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Black Pepper, and Geranium.
Skin: Clove’s potent antibacterial and antifungal properties make this oil great for use in skin creams and lotions. It must be used very sparingly in topical preparations. It is particularly effective against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria when blended with a skin nourishing oils such as Rosemary or Lavender (Fu et al. 2007).
Stress, tension, and depression: Inhaling the strong aroma of Clove warms the senses and potentially reduces depression. Its antidepressant action is boosted when blended with Rose and Geranium. Clove’s active component eugenol is thought to suppress Monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that breaks down adrenalin, serotonin, noradrenalin, and dopamine, which gives Clove its antidepressant properties. Caution (oral use): Oils rich in eugenol should not be administered along with antidepressants ( Tisserand and Young 2014).
Safety & Dilution
Maximum topical use dilution: 0.5% (1 drop in 2 tbsp. carrier like coconut, olive oil etc.).See here DILUTION GUIDELINES according to age or ailment.
Although Clove is generally nontoxic, it is a very potent oil and can cause skin and mucous membrane sensitization or irritation when applied without dilution. Caution (oral use): Oils rich in eugenol should not be administered along with antidepressants (Tisserand and Young 2014).
It should also not be used on damaged or sensitive skin.
Only use diluted on the skin. Discontinue in case of any skin irritation. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.
Keep out of reach of children. Do not use with young kids or if pregnant/ nursing. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Use with caution around pets. When diffusing in the room make sure the door is open so that the animal can leave in case of discomfort.
Shelf Life & Storage
Shelf Life: 4 years
We recommend storing oils in a cool, dark and dry area away from direct sunlight. Keep the cap closed tightly to avoid oxygen exposure. Oils that are past expiry date should not be used for therapeutic purpose but they can still be used for cleaning.
Latin Name: Syzygium aromaticum/Eugenia caryophyllata
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Main chemical constituents: eugenol, eugenol acetate, b-caryophyllene
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Plant part used: Leaves and Bud
Aromatic note: Top-Middle