For about 2,000 years, clove has been common as a food additive, it is used in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to add spicy flavor to dishes. Even though the clove tree is native to Indonesia and Madagascar, Clove Bud Essential Oil for a long time has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine as it is effective in numbing the oral tissue.
Clove essential oil in history
Just like many other spices, the history of cloves dates back many centuries. Along with nutmeg, clove bud was one of the highly valued spices in the 16th century. The earliest documentation of cloves dates back to the year 300 B.C when the Chinese people chewed clove as breath freshener before going to speak with the emperor.
The name clove emerges from a Latin word 'clavus' which means nail. If you closely look at clove bud, you will realize that the head and the shaft closely resembles a nail and hence the name. Just until the last couple of centuries, cloves were only cultivated in the 'spice islands' off the Indonesian coast. During the 18th century, the clove plant was smuggled from spice islands and found its way to Zanzibar, Brazil, Ternate, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Tidore among other places.
Clove bud oil (India) has a spicy, strong aroma somehow sweeter than the prominent Indonesian variety and is slightly less herbaceous. The medium to watery viscous oil is colorless to pale yellow in color. Although clove oil can be extracted from various parts of the tree, the Indian clove bud essential oil is purely extracted from the buds, which is the most suitable essential oil for many modern medical treatments as it contains an elevated level of Eugenol (79%).
After harvesting, the buds are spread out to be separated from the stems and left to sun-dry for a couple of days until they develop a dark brownish color. Thereafter, they are grinded and the powder can be used in cooking or converted into an essential oil.
Clove bud oil contains nutrients such as manganese(126.4%), potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
Clove oil uses
Clove bud essential oil has many health benefits. Here is a look at some of the benefits.
Infections: Thanks to its antiseptic properties, Clove oil can be used to treat cuts wounds, fungal infection, scabies, bruises, athlete's foot and among other injuries including insect bites or stings.
Dental care: You probably didn't know that clove oil is prominently used in dental care. The oil has germicidal properties which enhances its effectiveness in relieving sore gums, mouth ulcers, toothache, and dental pain. In fact, its main compound eugenol is quite famous in dentistry. You can gargle diluted clove oil to help ease your throat pain. Its characteristic odor also makes it a suitable breath freshener.
Skin care: For acne patients, clove oil is the most recommended remedy. This essential oil has stimulating and rejuvenating properties that makes it a good solution to wrinkles, facial rejuvenation, and sagging skin.
Immune system: With its antiviral properties and the ability to purify the blood, it increases your chances of resisting numerous diseases. Clove contains antioxidants which are very helpful in ridding the body of the free radicals that can cause certain types of cancer and heart diseases.
Stress: Clove has proven to be an excellent reliever of stress. While it has some stimulating effect on ones’ mind, it is also capable of removing mental exhaustion and fatigue. To patients suffering from insomnia, it is probably the best sleep inducing solution. The oil is also effective in treating neural disorders including depression, memory loss, and anxiety.
Headache: When clove oil is mixed with salt and then applied on the forehead, it gives a cool, soothing effect that relieves headaches. The many flavonoids within this essential oil makes it an excellent anti-inflammatory solution.
Respiratory problems: Clove oil can be used to clear nasal passage since it has an anti-inflammatory and cooling effect. This essential oil has proved to be effective in treating various respiratory disorders including bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, tuberculosis, and coughs. Traditionally, chewing the clove bud was recommended as a remedy for sore throat.
Sty: This is a bump that forms on the eyelid due to a blocked gland and thus hinders the proper functioning of the eye. Clove oil can be a very effective remedy for treating sty.
Earache: A good home remedy for an earache is a simple mixture of warm sesame oil and clove oil.
Indigestion: Traditionally clove oil was used effectively to treat stomach-related issues including; motion sickness, indigestion, flatulence, and hiccups.
Nausea: Did you know that clove oil is often used in reducing pregnancy-related morning sickness? Its unique scent when inhaled will aid in curbing nausea and vomiting.
Blood circulation: Clove oil increases the body metabolism by simply increasing the blood circulation while reducing the body temperature. Increased blood circulation, means that more oxygen is supplied to the organ systems.
Blood purification: Medical studies have proven that clove bud oil can reduce blood toxicity level and stimulate the antioxidant activity. This increases the immune system while purifying the platelets.
Diabetes: Being among the best blood purification solution around, the essential oil has proved effective in controlling blood sugar levels. Studies show that glucose and postprandial insulin response are efficiently regulated if clove oil is active within the body's system.
Insect Repellent: Clove's strong scent is repellent to the insects. In fact, you will find it to be one of the major components in insect-repelling candles and bug repellents. Traditionally, the oil was used in washing the bedsheets to keep the bugs at bay.
Pain Reliever: Clove oil can be used to treat pain that affects the joints and muscles. This can be a very suitable remedy for sport related injuries. Besides numbing the affected area, it also increases your blood circulation for faster healing of the injured tissue.
In general, clove bud essential oil doesn't have any severe contraindications when used rightly. It is considered safe for both external and internal application. It is equally important to know you skin tolerance before using the essential oil. To be on the safe side, never apply the oil to your skin while still concentrated.
If you are pregnant, it’s best if you consult with your physician before taking this essential oil orally. Similarly, if you are allergic, you must exercise great caution.
Indian Clove Bud Oil
The Indian clove bud oil has a middle note with a medium aroma. All varieties have the same spicy smell though the Indian variety is somehow sweeter compared to the Indonesian variety and is slightly less herbaceous.
Indonesian Clove Bud Oil
Its unique aroma is just typical of Indonesian variety. It is definitely spicier than the Indian and Sri Lankan variety, but less sweet and a bit more herbaceous. For this variance, it’s best when you try out a sample before making a big order.
Madagascan Clove Bud Essential Oil
The Madagascan variety is Eco-Cultivated Therapeutic Essential oil that is steam distilled from the buds just before they flower. Also with a middle note, this variety blends well with vanillin, bergamot, clary sage, bay leaf, rose, cananga, lavender, allspice, and ylang-ylang.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.