Clove Essential Oil

Clove Essential Oil

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 essential 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 buds 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 relieves dental pain, toothaches, mouth ulcers, and sore gums, while its 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.

Alternative Medicine and Natural Remedies online forum reports, This oil is high in Eugenol, a natural compound that successfully eradicates a myriad of harmful microbes including tuberculosis, oral & periodontal issues, scabies, parasites, wounds, cancer, autoimmune, Fibromyalgia, all respiratory concerns, cystitis, diarrhea, amoebic dysentery, fatigue, thyroid malfunction, bacterial colitis & ulcers, lymphoma, warts, viral hepatitis, neuritis, chronic skin disorders, insect bites, snoring & excellent for removing toxic chemical build up internally. Clove essential oil is also antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and aphrodisiac with stimulating properties.

Because of its antiseptic quality, it is effective for treating wounds, cuts, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises and acne. It is also very good for insect bites and stings and a number of other conditions. Clove Bud essential oil has been found to be helpful when battling flu’s and colds and is used by dentists and in many dental products.

While Clove Bud embellishes itself with stimulating properties, it encourages sleep with motivating dreams and creates a sense of well-being and courage.

Used as a spice in cuisines all around the world, Clove is a treasure trove of minerals like Calcium, iron, sodium, hydrochloric acid, phosphorous, potassium and Vitamins A and C. It is the most powerful known antioxidant, coming in at approximately 10,800,000, the highest rating on the ORAC scale of any organic substance. Clove stops free radical damage dead in their tracks.

Clove Bud essential oil blends well with Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils.

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