Clove oil comes from the unopened flower buds of an evergreen tree. Originally hailing from Southeast Asia, the clove tree, or Eugenia caryophyllata, is a member of the myrtle family whose leaves, flowers, and buds are highly aromatic—making it useful for essential oil production.
Clove essential oil has a variety of uses spanning from cooking to a well-established role in oral care. As an essential oil with warming properties, Clove oil is a popular choice for adding spice to a meal, administering a massage, freshening the breath, and more. This unique oil has many everyday uses—making it a must-have for any essential oil collection.
Clove Oil Uses and Benefits
Chemistry of Clove Oil
Main Chemical Component: Eugenol
The bud of a clove tree contains a significant amount of the active chemical component eugenol, which contributes to the energizing fragrance of Clove essential oil. Studies have shown that eugenol has the potential to assist the body in maintaining normal gastrointestinal motility, which is particularly helpful during times of stress when the digestive tract is not functioning properly. Eugenol is also used in several dentistry applications, which is why the oil of clove trees is often noted for its benefits for oral care.
Oils that blend well with Clove oil
Like other spicy or woody essential oils, Clove oil blends well with essential oils that have similar properties. Spicy essential oils like Bergamot, Wild Orange, Frankincense, Cassia, Cedarwood, Ginger, and Cinnamon blend well with Clove oil due to their warm aromatic characteristics. Clove oil also blends well with sweet, herbaceous essential oils like Basil, Roman Chamomile and Fennel oil and florals such as Ylang Ylang.
Clove is known as the Oil of Boundaries. Do you want to feel empowered to set boundaries, to say 'no'? Have you felt like a victim and defeated? Diffuse Clove oil and really drill down into this, one of my own favorite quotes from Brene Brown: "Don't shrink. Don't puff up. Just stand your sacred ground."
Clove is one of our HOT oils -- always dilute when using topically and avoid use on sensitive areas. When using internally -- one or two drops is plenty -- and daily use should extend for no more than two weeks and then take a break. Less is more!
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