Clove Leaf Essential Oil
Clove comes from the Latin word ‘clavus’ which means nail-shaped. Clove leaf essential oil is extracted from the plant with the botanical name of Eugenia caryophyllata.
It is native to Indonesia and the Malacca Islands.
Clove leaves are used in a cigarette called kretek in Indonesia.
Kreteks are smoked throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.
Clove oil can also be extracted from the bud of the plant.
What does clove leaf essential oil smell like?
A warm, strong spicy smell.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
Where has clove leaf essential oil been sourced from?
This particular clove leaf essential oil originates from Indonesia.
How is clove leaf essential oil extracted?
Clove leaf essential oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with clove leaf essential oil?
Clove leaf oil blends well with basil, bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, cinnamon, citronella, nutmeg, peppermint and ylang ylang as well as citrus oils.
How can I benefit from clove leaf oil?
Here are some ways you can benefit from clove leaf oil:
- Dental health: Clove leaf oil has long been used in traditional medicine for its oral health benefits. It contains a compound called eugenol, which has antibacterial and analgesic properties. You can add a drop of clove leaf oil to your toothpaste or gargle with a diluted solution to promote dental health and alleviate toothaches.
- Pain relief: Due to its analgesic properties, clove leaf oil can be useful in relieving pain. You can apply a diluted solution of clove leaf oil topically to the affected area to ease muscle aches, joint pain, or headaches.
- Respiratory support: The aroma of clove leaf oil can help relieve respiratory congestion and promote easier breathing. You can inhale the oil by adding a few drops to a diffuser or a bowl of hot water and inhaling the steam.
- Insect repellent: Clove leaf oil has insecticidal properties and can be used as a natural insect repellent. You can dilute the oil with water and spray it around your home or apply it to your skin to deter insects like mosquitoes and ants.
- Skin care: Clove leaf oil may have antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can be beneficial for the skin. It can help treat acne, reduce skin infections, and alleviate inflammation. However, it’s important to use it in moderation and dilute it with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
- Digestive support: Clove leaf oil has been used to aid digestion and relieve digestive discomfort. You can mix a drop of clove leaf oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto your abdomen in a clockwise motion to promote digestion.
- Emotional well-being: The aroma of clove leaf oil can have a stimulating and uplifting effect on your mood. It is often used in aromatherapy to reduce stress, boost mental clarity, and improve focus. You can inhale the oil directly from the bottle or use it in a diffuser.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Because clove leaf oil is a very potent oil, it must be used with care.
The concentration should be below 1%.
For concentrations higher than that, skin irritation as well as respiratory irritation may occur.
It is also not recommended for use by patients with liver and kidney problems, prostate cancer, hemophilia, for those using blood thinners and for pregnant women.
Consult your healthcare professional or a certified aromatherapist for further advice.