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About Clove

INCI name
EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS BUD OIL / EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS FLOWER OIL
Essential oil name
Clove essential oil
Origin
Madagascar
Part used
Dried bud
Scent
Aromatic, spicy
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Production
150mL of essential oil per kg of plant*
*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Clove tree
Latin name
Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllus
Botanical family
Myrtaceae
Plant detail
The tree height is around 10-20 meters. After picking between July-December, the buds are drying until the brown color is reached.
Native region
Eastern Indonesia

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

You may know it for its tang-injecting purposes in the kitchen, but did you know its Essential Oil can have astounding benefits for your skin, body and mind? Keep reading to find out more about clove and how exactly Clove Essential Oil in aromatherapy is a rewarding ritual.

Benefits of Clove Essential Oil

1. Antibacterial

“Clove Essential Oil has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties”, says De Couic Marinier. In fact, it’s been found that clove oil can inhibit certain strains of bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics.

2. Aid digestion

Clove oil has traditionally been used to treat digestive problems and has been found to stimulate bodily processes that protect the lining of the digestive tract and stomach.

3. Dental care

With its anaesthetic and germicidal properties, clove oil can treat toothaches, sore gums and mouth ulcers.

Dr Couic Marinier elaborates

“there are many encouraging studies that show Clove Essential Oil slows the formation of dental plaque and limits the proliferation of bacteria.”

4. Eliminate headaches

Clove Essential Oil contains flavonoid compounds, which can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. This helps to ease the tension in blood vessels that cause headaches, relieving pain.

5. Reduce blood pressure

The eugenol compound in Clove Essential Oil helps to dilate major arteries and reduce systematic blood pressure. Furthermore, clove oil is known to act as a natural blood thinner and can improve heart health.

If you’re looking keep blood pressure low, Lavender oil>/a> and ylang ylang oil can also be very effective in aiding this.

What is Clove Essential Oil used for?

1. Antibacterial

“Clove Essential Oil has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties”, says De Couic Marinier. In fact, it’s been found that clove oil can inhibit certain strains of bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics.

2. Aid digestion

Clove oil has traditionally been used to treat digestive problems and has been found to stimulate bodily processes that protect the lining of the digestive tract and stomach.

3. Dental care

With its anaesthetic and germicidal properties, clove oil can treat toothaches, sore gums and mouth ulcers.

Dr Couic Marinier elaborates

“there are many encouraging studies that show Clove Essential Oil slows the formation of dental plaque and limits the proliferation of bacteria.”

4. Eliminate headaches

Clove Essential Oil contains flavonoid compounds, which can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. This helps to ease the tension in blood vessels that cause headaches, relieving pain.

5. Reduce blood pressure

The eugenol compound in Clove Essential Oil helps to dilate major arteries and reduce systematic blood pressure. Furthermore, clove oil is known to act as a natural blood thinner and can improve heart health.

If you’re looking keep blood pressure low, Lavender oil>/a> and ylang ylang oil can also be very effective in aiding this.

Soothe

The anti-inflammatory elements in clove oil make this Essential Oil highly soothing. When used topically, Clove Essential Oil helps to calm irritated skin and reduce the appearance of redness, pigmentation and puffiness to leave your complexion deeply soothed and supple.

Rejuvenate

Clove Essential Oil has a myriad of rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which, when applied to the skin, can help to increase blood flow to the epidermis and reignite your skin’s radiance. Whether you’re looking to lessen the effects of ageing or just re-energise your complexion, clove oil will help to keep your skin looking radiant.

If anti-ageing is your primary concern, Essential Oils such as rose oil and frankincense oil can help to keep those telltale signs at bay.

Purify

With its potent antimicrobial properties, clove oil is often recommended to those who suffer from acne or oily skin.

You can also check out other purifying Essential Oils such as lemon oil and lavender oil for an extra cleansing boost.

Where does Clove Essential Oil come from?

Originating in the Molucca Islands and believed to be one of the first spices traded, clove has been around for centuries. Adopted by both ancient and modern cultures for culinary and healing purposes, the clove has an intriguing past.

History of Clove Essential Oil

A symbol of birth

The unattached flower bud of clove used to symbolise birth.

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “clove originates from the ancient Latin, “Eugenia Caryophyllus”, alluding to Saint Eugénie; the patron saint of midwives.”

A Chinese remedy

Cloves have been well documented in Chinese history as early as 226 BC. The emperor at this time demanded that anyone wanting to speak to him chew on clove beforehand to eliminate bad breath.

A tumultuous history

The competitive trading of clove has lead to many conflicts over the years. The Dutch even burned down the clove trees belonging to the natives of the Molucca Islands in order to eliminate the competition.

Facts about Clove Essential Oil

#1

Time to flourish

The trees don’t produce clove for at least 5 years at a time, but once this period is over, they will continue to produce the spice for at least another 20 years.

#2

A potent antioxidant

Clove oil has the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of all Essential Oils, meaning that is superbly effective in fighting against free radicals. In fact, one ounce of Clove Essential Oil has an antioxidant capacity of 450 pounds of carrots.

#3

A natural anaesthetic:

Clove Essential Oil is used as a painkiller and anaesthetic for dental emergencies in many countries, particularly in Northern Africa.

Follow the path of tried and tested traditional rituals and adopt clove oil into your daily life to transform your skin, mind and body.