Clove Bud

Essential Oil of Clove Bud

Eugenia caryophyllata 

Family: Myrtaceae

Origin: Indigenous to the Moluccca Islands and Indonesia, though also cultivated in Zanzibar, Madagascar and Java. Most of the oil comes from Sri Lanka

Plant description: An evergreen column-shaped tree that grows to about 30 feet. Flower buds are reddish-brown and the leaves are small and grey.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Bud

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Furfurol (Aldehyde), Methyl salicylate (Ester), Eugenol (Phenol), Caryophyllene (Sesquiterpene), Pinene (Terpene)

PRECAUTIONS: A very potent oil and should be used with caution- massage may not be a good medium of application since skin irritation could occur. Do not use higher than .5% dilution.

PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Anaesthetic, Antidontalgic, Antiemetic, Antineuralgic, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antivirul*, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Aperitif, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Caustic, Cicatrisant, Disinfectant, Insecticide, Paturient, Splenetic, Stimulant, Stomachic, Uterine, Vermifuge



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Has pain relieving properties that help with toothaches, arthritis, rheumatism, and mouth sores as well as tension headaches. Better to use locally than broadly.

Digestive: Renowned for relieving wind. Effective against vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal spasms, dyspepsia, and parasites. Also eases nausea and bad breath caused by gastric fermentation.

Immune System: Valuable for disinfecting the atmosphere during infections. An excellent bactericide. Some references claim that it has antiviral properties and some do not.*

Mental/Emotional: Has a stimulating affect on the mind, strengthening memory and lifting depression. Helps feelings of weakness and lethargy.


Respiratory system: Relieves respiratory problems like tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis.

Urinary system: Tonifies kideys and spleen

Skin care: may alleviate infectious wounds, skin sores, leg ulcers and chronic skin disease lupus. It is a strong skin sensitizer so do not use higher than .5%


About this essential oil: Oil from the leaves and stems can cause irritation and may be unsuitable for aromatherapy. During the time of ancient Greeks and Romans, this plant oil was used to relieve toothaches and to combat bad breath.2 Its presence was also found in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine with the same purpose. Clove bud has higher levels of Eugenol than leaf.



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