Clove Bud Essential oil
Latin Name: Syzgium aromaticum
Part of plant: Bud
Aroma character: Sweet, piercing, typical
Blends Well with: Bay, Geranium, Chamomile
Clove Properties: Strong appetite stimulant; anti-spasmodic; aphrodisiac; nerve tonic; analgesic; against fungi and parasites, strong antiseptic and bactericide, supports scar formation; for skin ailments, bronchial diseases, intestinal disturbances; lower blood pressure; against infection in tooth area and regeneration of gums.
Clove Indications: Stomach slackness, bacterial colitis, amoebic dysentery, viral intestinal inflammation and enterospasms, viral hepatitis, malaria, shingles, viral nerve inflammation; tooth neuralgia, tooth inflammation; complaints in throat-nose-ear region; bladder inflammation, physical and mental asthenia; rheumatic polyarthritis; eases birth; vermifuge, skin parasites and pediculosis.
Clove Main Components: Eugenol, methyl eugenol, caryophylline, alpha-methyl furfurol, vanilline.
Clove Contraindications, side effects: None known for normal dosage, irritating to the skin when used externally.
Clove is a long-lived evergreen tree with glossy green leaves and rosy-pink buds, which become fragrant red flowers and purple fruits. The essential oil is water-distilled from the flower buds.
Clove Bud is the first choice as first aid for toothache. A couple of drops of Clove essential oil on a cotton wool bud, applied to the aching tooth, has a slight analgesic affect, relieving pain for a few hours.
Psychologically, Clove is a mental, emotional and subtle energy tonic, and is both restorative and stimulating. It should not be confused with Clove Leaf or Clove Stem essential oils which are skin irritants and are not normally used in therapy.