CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL
Clove Oil comes from the Maluku Islands, known as present day Indonesia’s Spice Islands comes the Clove tree, brought to the Middle East and into Europe well before the first century. During the late 1400’s, the Portuguese cornered the Clove market, assuming control of the Maluku Islands. Spain unwilling to violate a treaty with Portugal, explored new ocean routes to the West Indies to obtain Clove, which led to the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
Clove oil is distilled from the Syzgium aromaticum tree, a slender evergreen that can grow up to about 36 feet. The gray barked tree has shiny dark green elliptical shaped fragrant leaves. It thrives in lush tropical environments close to the ocean. Buds appear at the beginning of the rainy season. When they change to a bright red, this signals they are ready for harvest and are beaten from the tree and dried. One kilogram (2.2 lbs) of dried Clove oil yields about 150 ml (1/4 pint) of light golden yellow oil that has a medium to strong spicy rich aroma.
The word Clove is the Latin word, Clavus, meaning, “nail” because of the shaft of the bud resembling a nail. It is renown among the Chinese and Indian people for its medicinal value. Clove and Nutmeg also was considered very valuable in Europe during the 16th and 17th century. And no wonder since Clove Oil relieves dental pain, toothaches, mouth ulcers, and sore gums, while Clove Oil’s odor helps to neutralize bad breath. Today, it is frequently added to toothpastes and mouthwashes. It has also been found to help with other health problems like indigestion, coughs, asthma, headaches and blood impurities.
Botanical Name: Syzygium aromaticum L.
Plant Part: Buds
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: Clove Essential OIl is a clear pale yellow to yellow liquid of medium consistency.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A middle note of medium aroma, Clove Essential Oil smells like the actual spice.
Other Uses: Clove oil can treat arthritis, acne, bacterial colitis, cataracts, bronchitis, cholera, cystitis, dermatitis, diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, fatigue, halitosis, headaches, hypertension, insect bites, lymphoma, nausea, neuritis, rheumatism, viral hepatitis, and warts. It is also beneficial for intestinal parasites, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, pain, toothache, Fibromyalgia, scabies, and infected wounds. Clove essential oil treats and prevents infectious diseases, arthritis, dental infections, acne, fatigue, thyroid, dysfunction, sinusitis, skin cancer, chronic skin disease, bacterial colitis, and cold sores. Clove essential oil is good for Crohn’s disease and low immunity. It possesses hormonal qualities, so it is good for thyroid imbalances.
Application: Diffuse. Apply topically, diluted with a carrier oil. A couple of drops can be added to water and gargle with the solution. For dental problems apply a few drops of Clove Essential Oil to a cotton swab and apply to trouble area. Clove essential oil is also good to help break nicotine addiction. Just apply one drop to the tongue.
Product Abstract: Clove Oil is derived from the slender evergreen that grows up to 12 meters in height (approximately 36 feet). At the start of the rainy season, long buds appear that change color over time and are beaten from the trees and dried. These are the cloves sold that are sold commercially. The word ‘clove’ comes from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail, because the shaft and head of the clove bud resembled an ancient nail. Cloves were among the most precious of spices of Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, and were worth more than their weight in gold. They continue to be used in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, western herbalism, and in dentistry.
Cautions: Dilute Clove Essential Oil well before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
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