Clove Bud Oil (Syzygium aromaticum, Caryophyllus aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllata, Eugenia aromatica)
Lovingly warm, spicy, rich & pungent with a woody hint ~ essential oil of clove bud is strongly analgesic, anesthetic, and antiseptic making it a must-have oil for your home medicine chest. Clove Essential Oil Benefits include:
- Anesthetic (eugenol)
- Digestive Aid
Dr. Nick Notes
Clove buds are dried flower buds of the clove tree and are native to islands of Eastern Indonesia. Used for fragrant and medicinal purposes for thousands of years, clove buds played an instrumental role in the development of sea routes and trading ports throughout Asia and Europe (Kamatou, 2012).
Today, clove oil and its major phenolic constituent – Eugenol is used in industry for fumigant, dental and food additive purposes. Eugenol has been given Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA 2006). Organic Clove Bud Oil is widely recognized for analgesic and anesthetic properties in dentistry and can provide relief of toothache or dry sockets (complication of tooth extraction).
Beautifully warm and spicy this oil can be used for soothing pain or muscle aches (in the correct dilutions!). Clove oil also has calmative properties on the digestive tract ~ try a drop in herbal tea or topical massage with correct dilutions in the belly region for an upset stomach. Like many essential oils, clove oil is highly antimicrobial and has application as a household antiseptic and in the hospital setting against drug resistant bacteria (Hamed 2012, Warnke et al 2009).
Clove CO2 extract is such a full bodied version of the plant essence – I would describe the clove CO2 extract to be more complete in it’s flavor with an additional level of numbing. In my opinion, the CO2 of clove (and many spices for that matter) is the best method of extraction for the most luscious product. I’m sure you will appreciate this fine product completely if you like clove 🙂
This oil is super strong! Clove oil has been reported to cause skin and mucous membrane irritation and should only be used when diluted appropriately. Accidental ingestion of large amounts (5-10ml) in children have resulted in liver or kidney damage, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and decreased ability to form blood clots (Natural Standard, Medline Plus). Use caution if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or take anti-coagulant / anti-platelet medication and store away from children.
How to Use
- Suggested dilution is ~3-4 drops per ounce (30ml) carrier lotion = 0.5% – 0.67%
- Dental Care: A drop or two on a cotton ball or a drop on a Q tip ~ apply to dry socket or aching tooth. May also be effective in preventing or healing cavities. Diluted mouth rinses helpful for bad breath.
- Digestive Aid: Add a drop to warm herbal tea to help relieve nausea. May be massaged topically onto belly in appropriate dilution (see above dilution)
- Muscle Ache: Dilute before usage! Massage onto affected area for heating & numbing relief – highly anti-inflammatory.
- Antiseptic and Wound Care: Helpful for scrapes, cuts, and insect bites in appropriate dilutions
Notes: Organic, CO2 Select Extract
Major Constituents: Eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene, isocaryophyllene
~ Be Blessed ~
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