Clove Bud Essential Oil
SAFETY: Do not use when pregnant. All clove oil can cause skin and mucous membrane irritation; clove bud may cause dermatitis. Use in moderation only, in low dilution (less than 1 per cent.)
One of the most potent antiseptic, Europeans doctors once breathed through clove-filled leather beaks to ward off the plague. It is also a potent germ-fighter and anti-fungal for other conditions, such as flu, colds, bronchitis, and athlete's foot. According to a study at the University of Iowa, compounds in clove oil have shown "strong activity" against bacteria associated with plaque formation and gum disease
Modern dental preparations contain clove essential oil, or its main constituent, eugenol, to numb toothache and teething pain and to stop infection. The essential oil give heat to a liniment, helping relieve muscle and arthritic pain. Researchers found that sniffing the spicy aroma reduces drowsiness, irritability, and headaches, assists memory recall , and increases circulation. This powerful essential oil also has the ability to abate depression, relieve indigestion, and contribute to sexual stimulations. Stimulates mind and memory, relieves mental fatigue, used as an aphrodisiac, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, sciatica
It is beneficial to the digestive system, effective against vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, spasms and parasites, as well as bad breath.
Placing a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and then placing the cotton ball in a linen cupboard will not only fragrance the cupboard, but may help to keep fish moths at bay.
Origin of Clove Bud oil:
Clove buds are the sun-ripe flower buds of a short, slender evergreen tree that bears cloves for at least a century. Believed to be native to Indonesia; now cultivated worldwide, especially in the Philippines, the Molucca Islands and Madagascar. The main oil-producing countries are Madagascar and Indonesia. A native of Indonesia and the Malacca Islands, the Clove is an evergreen tree that grows to about 10 meter (30 feet).
It has bright green leaves and nail-shaped rose-peach flower buds which turn, upon drying, a deep red brown. These are beaten from the tree and dried.
The Latin word 'Clavus' means nail shaped, referring to the bud. Clove was much used by the Greeks, Roman and the Chinese for its medicinal value.
The Chinese used it to ease toothache and as a breath sweetener, especially when talking to the Emperor. Clove has antiseptic properties and was use in the prevention of contagious diseases, such as the Plaque.
It was an important commodity in the spice trade. It is still much used in perfumes, mulled wines and liqueurs, love potions, dental products and, stuck in an orange as pomade, an insect repellant.
Clove oil is extracted from the leaves, stem and buds via steam distillation, yet it is only the clove bud oil which is used in aromatherapy, since it contains the least Eugenol. Clove buds yield 10-15%.
Eugenol, Furfurol, Caryophyllene, Eugenyl Acetate and Pinene.
BLENDS WELL WITH:
Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Ginger
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