Clove Bud Essential Oil

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What about Clove Bud Essential Oil?

Latin Name:

Eugenia caryophyllata

Where does it grow indigenously?

Until modern times, cloves grew only on a few islands in the Maluku Islands (historically called the Spice Islands). There is a clove tree that experts believe is the oldest in the world, named Afo, is on Ternate, one of the Maluku Islands. The tree is between 350 and 400 years old.

Tourists are told that seedlings from this very tree were stolen by a Frenchman named Poivre in 1770, transferred to France, and then later to Zanzibar, which was once the world's largest producer of cloves.

Until cloves were grown outside of the Maluku Islands, they were traded like oil, with an enforced limit on exportation. As the Dutch East India Company consolidated its control of the spic trade in the 17th century, they sought to gain a monopoly in cloves as they had in nutmeg. However, the trade in cloves was way beyond the limited policing powers of the corporation."

What has been the historical use?

The well-known remedy of using clove oil for toothaches was first documented in 1640 in the French “Practice of Physic,” although there is reason to believe that the Chinese were applying this homeopathic for over 2,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine used clove for supporting a healthy digestive system. Clove essential oil has been used to kill pain in dental emergencies for some time. Applied to a cavity in a decayed tooth, it also relieves toothache.

History tells us that clove oil was one of the main essential oils that protected people from getting the Bubonic Plague in Europe. A group of robbers were caught by the king and he asked them why they weren’t ill or dead from the plague exposure they said it was because they covered themselves with this protective blend of oils which included clove.

Although it has been suspected for centuries to treat inflammatory conditions, the Journal of Immunotoxicology just recently published the first ever study proving that the eugenol in clove oil is indeed a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is still known for its healthy immune supporting properties.

Main Chemical Component:

Eugenol - Eugenol comprises 72-90% of the essential oil and is the compound most responsible for clove aroma.

What are the benefits of this essential oil?

  • Powerful antioxidant properties
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Helps soothe teeth and gums
  • Promotes oral health
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Clove oil is an unusually powerful antioxidant.

Antioxidant capacity is measure by ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). Although the dried buds or powders rank highly among anti-oxidants,

Clove essential oil is the highest rated antioxidant on the ORAC Scale!

As an essential oil, clove's ORAC rating soars to over 10 million. Most other antioxidants are rated in the tens of thousands to a maximum of a few hundred thousand at best. Scroll down to see the charts.

How do I use this essential oil?

Topically: For everyone - ALWAYS dilute with a carrier oil 1:3 to 1:5 before applying to the skin because Clove essential oil is considered a "hot" oil. Not as hot as Oregano, but will produce a warm to hot sensation on most skin without dilution. Do a small amount on the skin to test the response before applying over a large area. skin, apply one to two drops to desired area.

To help relieve occasional muscle aches, including those caused by arthritis, mix eight drops of clove oil into two ounces of carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond, and massage onto the affected area.

Spicy Earth Fragrance for Men

18 drops Bergamot

13 drops White Fir

10 drops Clove

8 drops Lemon

Combine in a 10 ml Roller bottle and fill with Fractionated Coconut Oil

Massage Blend Help to Quench Anger

3 drops Clove

1 drops Lemon

1 drops Frankincense

Add to 10 ml rollerball bottle and apply to temples, back of the neck

Got Doggie Destructo? You can discourage puppy chewing by dabbing the most likely targets (wood moldings, your slippers) with a bit of clove oil. One sniff and one taste and your pup will move on to something else, hopefully his dog food or doggie toys.

Internally: Be sure the essential oil you choose has a label that indicates it is safe enough to be taken internally!

  • Add one drop to toothpaste to promote oral health.
  • Apply one drop to soothe teeth or gums.
  • Place one drop on finger then rub on back of tongue for an irritated throat.
  • Take in veggie capsules to boost immunity during winter time.
  • Take several drops in a veggie capsule with food each day, or dilute and massage over the liver or into the reflex points of the feet to support detoxification.
  • Add a drop to herbal tea to help relieve occasional feelings of nausea.

Un-Chai Tea

6 cups vanilla almond milk or coconut milk

3-5 TBL of local wildflower honey

2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

1 drop clove essential oil

1 drop ginger essential oil


  • In a small pot, heat up the almond/coconut milk.
  • Whisk in the honey until blended.
  • Add in your essential oils and stir
  • Serve immediately in a ceramic mug."

Essential Oil Honey Ham Glaze

1 C Honey

1 tsp dry mustard

1 drop Clove essential oil

1 drop Orange essential oil

1 toothpick Cassia essential oil (insert toothpick into the essential oil bottle and then swirl it in the glaze)


  • Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and stir until well blended
  • Drizzle the glaze over the ham 20 minutes before it's done and return the uncovered ham to the oven for the last 20 minutes
  • If desired, glaze can also be served with the ham when at the table.

Aromatically: add a couple of drops to a diffuser or breathe in the aroma from the bottle.

Holiday Cheer Diffuser Blend:

1 drop Clove

2 drops Cinnamon

3 drops Orange

Apple Pie Diffuser Blend:

2 drops Clove

2 drops Cinnamon

2 drops Ginger

Snuggle Diffuser Blend:

2 drops Clove
2 drops White Fir

3 drops Cinnamon

Grateful Heart Diffuser Blend:

1 drop Clove

1 drop Cinnamon

1 drop Ginger

2 drop Coriander

Blends Well With:

Clove Bud essential oil blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang essential oils.

Emotional Benefits:

Clove essential oil is called "The Oil of Boundaries"

"Clove essential oil supports individuals in letting go of victim mentality. Victims feel overly influence d by others and outside circumstances and feel powerless to change things. Clove essential oil gives them the courage to stand up for themselves and say ‘No.’ It reignites the inner soul-fire and can assist anytime there has been damage to the Self, related to childhood pain, trauma or abuse.”

The emotional message of clove is to move forward, make things happen, achieve as much as your spirit can without harming others. Clove assists in the awakening of the senses. It gives us the confidence we need to be unafraid. The fragrance discourages inhibiting thoughts and makes it easier to weather the storms of life. For emotional healing it is used to encourage stimulation, regeneration, inspiration, trust, and inner warmth.

from Emotions & Essential Oils Book

  • Diffuse throughout the room or inhale from the bottle as desired for courage.
  • For boundaries, diffuse throughout the room or dilute and massage over solar plexus or heart.


For older children and people over 65, start with low-strength preparations and increase strength if necessary.

100% Clove oil should be diluted with a carrier oil at a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio because it is considered a “hot” oil. It is not as hot as Oregano, but unless diluted, may cause skin irritation when applied topically, especially to babies, the elderly and those with sensitive skin.

Other Links:

On*, there are 312 published clinical studies about the use of Clove Essential Oil.

AromaticScience has these articles about the uses of Clove Essential Oil:

* PubMed comprises over 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLiNE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

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An Important Message about Quality!

Many companies sell this essential oil under the generic name Frankincense and offer their oils at a significantly lower price than companies that offer genuine pure essential Frankincense. The companies with inexpensive bottles of Frankincense essential oil even label them "pure", but some of those oils have been shown to be diluted with inferior oils and even with turpentine!

Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation for terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil.

A good brand should follow these guidelines:

· Proper plant varieties

· Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant

· Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.

· Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties

· Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules

· Third-party testing of every batch

· Stand behind the internal use of their oils

The largest organ in your body is your skin.

Anything applied to your skin is absorbed into your body.

Anything inhaled, is also absorbed into your body.

If a bottle of essential oil states “external use only”, do you really want that impacting the cells of your body through absorption?

About me...

Hi! My name is Pamela Swamy and in August of 2015, it will be 2 years since I was first introduced to essential oils.

As a registered nurse, I was initially highly skeptical of essential oils but over time have personally experienced amazing responses from using them. Essential oils can be used for so much more than their fragrance and there are many online resources where you can find more information. Some of that information I will be sharing here.

It is important to note that before using any essential oils, you want to know for sure they are safe and pure enough to be taken internally. There are NO regulatory standards and the labels don't always state what is actually inside the bottles.

If you want more help in knowing how to determine if oils you want to try are safe and pure, please contact me by email or phone.