Clove Essential Oil is derived from the tree Syzygium aromaticum plant. It is a slender evergreen that grows up to 12 meters in height (approx. 36 feet). At the start of the rainy season, long buds appear. They change color over time and are beaten from the trees and dried. These are the cloves sold commercially.
History: The word Clove comes from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail. Since the shaft and head of the clove bud resembles an ancient nail. Cloves and nutmeg were among the most precious of spices of Europe of the 16th and 17th centuries and were worth more than their weight in gold. Today it is used worldwide as a culinary spice from East Indian masala blends to Dutch cheeses, in herbal cigarettes and pomanders and even as an ant repellent.
Common Uses: The bud of this evergreen, indigenous to Southeast Asia, has a long history as an effective agent for minor pains and aches, particularly dental pain because of the numerous effects on oral tissues. It is widely used in contemporary Ayuvedic and Chinese medicine.
Cautions: Clove Bud Essential Oil can cause sensitization in some individuals and should be used in dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Usage: Topical: Apply 1-2 drops to concerned area with carrier oil. Oral: Dilute 1 drop into 2 oz water.