Clove Bud Essential Oil is derived from the Syzgium aromaticum tree. It is a slender evergreen that grows up to 12 meters in height (approximately 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.
Pale yellow to yellow clear liquid.
The clove essential oil is used in aromatherapy when stimulation and warming are needed. Topical application over the stomach or abdomen are said to warm the digestive tract, to relieve digestive problems. Clove Bud oil is also used in balms to help improve circulation to soothe muscle aches and pains. Clove oil is the active ingredient that helps the blood flow through the area and helps to reduce the pain. Because it helps improve circulation, Clove Bud oil is ideal for reducing the pain and discomfort typically associated with tension headaches. When used for aromatherapy purposes, Clove Bud oil helps to stimulate the brain. The strong aroma of Clove Bud oil helps one to become more attentive and can even help one feel more energetic than they normally are.
Blends well with other spice oils including Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Rose.
The word Clove comes from the Latin wordclavus, meaningnail, 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.
Clove Bud Oil can cause sensitization in some individuals and should be used in dilution. It should also be avoided during pregnancy.