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Clove Bud Essential Oil - Sedona Limited Reserve

Eugenia caryophyllata

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

What Stillpoint "Nose"

Special Edition 2020 This distillation of organic Clove Buds took place at Stillpoint and was distilled,Joy and Bella Chica and Rocco in a Copper Alembic Still. It is not like the traditonal steam distilled clove bud.  It is soft, warm and radiant.  You really have to experience it for yourself. 
Clove Bud Co2 select extract and Clove Bud Essential Oil are two of our favorites.  They are the premier extract/oil for anesthetic (numbing purposes).  Clove bud’s chemisty contains mostly  eugenol.   When you think eugenol, you should think dentist!  That is the component that makes you numb,.
We use Clove Bud l in most of our pain blends because it helps numb the area.  It also quite warming and comforting to the painful area  …. muscle aches, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle pulls. 

We also find clove bud essential oil to be very effective for sore throats. Not to use internally, but to apply a drop or two of clove bud is a bit of cream over the external throat area.  Clove hydrosol is what you would use in a heavily diluted form for gargle NOT the Oil.  She is highly antiseptic and is great to use in diffuser blends (low concentration) during cold and flu season.  
She is also great to blend with peppermint to enhance clarity and wake you up!  
The main difference between Clove bud Essential oil and her Co2 sister is that hat the CO2 is a bit lower in the phenol and has a higher ester content, which soften things up a bit.


The Clove tree is an evergreen that grows up to 50 feet tall, with large leaves and crimson flowers grouped  clusters. At first the flower buds  have a pale hue, gradually turn green, then become a bright red. Now they are ready for harvest. Cloves are usually  harvested at 1.5–2.0 cm long, and consist of a long calyx that terminates in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals that form a small central ball. Awesome!!!
The clove tree lives a long long life.  It is said to be a productive tree for 150 years!

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Clove Bud - Sedona Limited Reserve

Clove bud is ditilled from the flower, although clove bud essential oil in not usually though of as a flower oil. but it is.  Clove bud energetically is wonderful when someones heart is to open so to speak, emotionally in pain, or hurting.   Energeticallym clove bud and stem for that matter can be used in a blend to "numb" the emotional pain for a but, so healing can begin to occur.

Clove bud hellps warm the soul and emotional body,  She is a great oil to use to build self esteem and emotional stregnth,  Clove bud oil helps to bring forth our uniqueness and also keeps us very grounded.  Her spicy nature assists us in getting in touch with our own sassy part.

Traditional Folklore

The resaon that we know about cloves is Marco Polo.  He is the one that wrote about cloves in a publication in AD 1928.  Actually the name Clove comes from the French word Nail (clou).  When you look at the clove bud it does look like a nail. Clove is native to the Maluku or Molucca Islands (often referred to as the Spice Islands, due, in part, to the abundance of clove) in Indonesia.
Cloves were traded in the 13th century via the Arabs in Europe.  (At this time Venice was the leading source for cloves.) . The Arabs had a monopoly for centuries!   Then  the Portughese broke that monopoly and had one of their own for over a century. Then came the Dutch.  The Dutch were ruthless and to guarantee that their monopoly would live on, the issued a proclaimation in 1621 that stated that ll Clove Trees were to be destroyed with the exception of the trees on Ambinia and the adjacent islands,  Eventually Clove trees were introduced into Zanzibar( Part of Tazania)  in the 19th century.  
  • The very first recorded use of the clove was the Chinese between 220 - 206 BC.  They used the clove to sweeten their breath by chewing it.
  • During the Renassaince, Cloves were used to make Pomanders ( a container containing scented herbs) to ward off the plague
  • In the Molucca Islands, a clove tree was planted each time a child was born leading to the abundance of the this spice.
  • It was believed to be imbued with the magical powers of protection, love, and, burned as incense to attract financial abundance.
  • It was thought that burning it as incense would stop others from gossiping about you. 
  • It also was used in exorcisms to expel evil spirits.

Aroma-Chemistry of Clove Bud - Sedona Limited Reserve

The main chemical family for Clove Bud and Clove Stem Essential Oil and Clove Bud Co2 Select Extract is Phenols.  Phenols are terminator oils.  They are very powerful and highly anti infectious. The phenolic component that is high in clove is eugenol.  Clove Bud Essential Oil had about 80% or so eugenol and about 9% Eugenol acetate.  Clove Bud Co2 extract has a bit less eugenol and a bit more Eugenol acetate (20% or so).  Clove Stem Essential Oil has a higher amount of Eugenol 92-96% percent and very little Eugenol acetate.  Eugenol acetate if a component belonging to the chemical family ester.  In general esters are highly anti spasmodic and relaxing.

Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Clove Bud - Sedona Limited Reserve

According to Tisserand & Young, Clove Bud Essential Oil  (oral usage) may inhibit blood clotting, cause drug interactions, cause skin & mucous membrane sensitization.
Contraindications: May interact with pethidine, MAOIs or SSRIs, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia & other bleeding disorders. 
  • Eugenol belongs to the Phenol chemical family.  Phenols   are  potentially  irritating  components  to  the  skin  and  mucous  membranes,  and  they  can  cause dermatitis  and  sensitization.  If phenols  are  present  in  high  concentrations in the essential oil,  the  essential  oil should  be  used  in  very  low  dilutions  on  the  skin,  diluted  well  in  carrier  oil,  and  only  used  for  short periods  of  time.
  • Phenol-high oils  are  skin  irritating  if  used  in  a  bath.
  • Use in  small  amounts  when  blending  phenol-rich  oils  for  diffusing  (no  more  than  10%  of  the  pure essential  oil  blend).
  • Phenol-rich oils  should  not  be  used  on  people  with  skin  issues  such  as  dermatitis,  or  on  babies  or children.
  • Oils high  in  eugenol,  thymol  or  carvacrol  inhibits  platelet  aggregation,  and  are  not  to  be  used  by people  with  blood  clotting  disorders,  by  people  taking  anticoagulant  drugs  such  as  aspirin  or  Warfarin, or  before  surgery.  According to Tisserand, Holy basil may inhibit blood clotting, have skin sensitization effects & possible mucous membrane irritation. 
  • Suggested  maximum  topical  use  of  eugenol  is  0.5%.  In small doses,  eugenol can  be  liver-protective, however,  in  high  concentrations,  it  is  hepatotoxic  and  can  cause  tissue  damage.
  • Maximum dermal level 1.0% (based on 50.4% eugenol content with a dermal limit of 0.5%


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Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice. Churchill Livingstone, 2015.
Gaylor, Razafimamonjison, et al. “Bud, Leaf and Stem Essential Oil Composition of Syzygium Aromaticum from Madagascar, Indonesia and Zanzibar.” International Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, vol. 3, no. 3, 2014, doi:10.14419/ijbas.v3i3.2473.
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Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.


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