Exotic and spicy, Clove Bud essential oil has an array of diverse properties. Cloves are the aromatic unopened flower buds of a clove tree native to the Molucca Islands in Indonesia and are commonly used as a spice. Think Chai tea lattes or gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven. If you have a lull in your day, the warm spicy aroma of Clove essential oil can inspire activity and action.
Often used in aromatherapy, Clove essential oil can also be blended with other citrus oils to create a soothing massage oil that helps increase blood circulation throughout the body.
Cloves are often used to give aromatic flavor and aroma qualities to hot beverages, often combined with other ingredients such as cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, or many other versions of spiced teas.
Clove Bud Oil can be used to make a fragrance pomander when combined with an orange. When these scented fruits were given as a gift in Victorian England, it was meant to serve as a gesture of friendship and convey sincere warmth of feeling.
Botanical Name: Eugenia caryophyllata
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Bud
Synonym: Clove Bud
Blends Well With: Cinnamon, Sweet Orange, and other spices and citrus
Aroma: Spicy, sweet, warm, woody, and true to Clove commonly used in baking
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.5%
Shelf Life: 3-5 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Clove bud is a super spicy oil with a strong character, is warming, uplifting and strengthening and helps to foster confidence. Only a little is needed in a blend, so be careful how much you use. It's an excellent pain reliever where it brings warmth to the area as well as an antiinflammatory and immune stimulant. Considering its spiciness, it makes an excellent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal and works well in blends for DIY hand sanitizer. Clove has also been used for digestive issues including gas.
- There are many options for using Clove Bud and it gives us a lot of fantastic benefits. When someone is feeling ill, diffuse Clove with other microbe-killing oils such as cinnamon to destroy the pathogens that may be in the air and on surfaces. In topical treatments, due to its hot nature can potentially be skin irritating so we recommend using it in very low amounts in blends. In a belly massage oil, it does wonders for gas and bloating, try blending a drop or two with Sweet Orange and Roman Chamomile. To attack any fungal issues, use it in a foot cream blend with a carrier oil with Tea Tree essential oil. With other pain relieving oils, make a massage oil blend and massage into your achy muscles and then use a heating pad to help the oils sink deep into the tissue. In blends for hair growth, try using a minute amount blended with Rosemary in an unscented shampoo and massage the scalp for a few minutes.
- Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, a natural anesthetic as well as a natural anti-inflammatory. It helps numb and reduce pain and eases a toothache. It may reduce swelling and irritation in the affected area. That being said, Clove oil can also cause distress due to its hot nature if ingested. We do not recommend at all the use of essential oils internally unless you are under the supervision of a trained aromatherapist. However, one way people do use Clove on toothaches is to put one drop on a cotton swab (Q-tip) and carefully and lightly rub the affected tooth and gum area with the swab.
- Clove Bud oil has potential to interfere with platelet aggregation when there is vascular injury and cause vasodilation. This means that Clove bud may interfere with the ability to form a blood clot if there is an injury. If you have issues with formation of blood clots or have issues with hemophilia, avoiding the use of Clove Bud may be a wise decision.
- The two oils are different but are derived from the same plant. Clove Bud is steam distilled from the flowering bud and has a much stronger aroma and strength. Clove leaf or Clove essential oil is derived from the leaf of the plant with steam distillation and although similar in aroma is not quite as potent as Clove Bud. Clove oil is potentially helpful as an insect repellent and digestive aid and has expectorant, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically to avoid skin irritation especially with sensitive skin.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils blend using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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MUSCLE BLEND: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 3 drops of Clove Bud, 5 drops of Helichrysum, 2 drops of Peppermint and 10 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply enough of this mixture to cover the overworked areas and massage into the skin. (1.7% dilution)
DIFFUSER BLEND: Add the following to a 5 ml amber glass bottle: 10 drops of Clove Bud, 40 drops of Eucalyptus, 35 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Lemon. Shake to mix well. Add several drops to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
FOOT SOAK: To a 2 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Clove Bud, 11 drops of Tea Tree and 4 drops of Geranium, then fill with Sweet Almond oil. Add 1-2 teaspoons to 1 oz pink Himalayan salt, add to a foot bath and soak the feet for 30 minutes or as desired. (1.7% dilution)
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