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We also find Clove Bud or Stem 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.
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Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Clove Leaf
- 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.
Therapeutic Benefits of Clove LeafAnalgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidant, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-viral, Carminative, Circulatory stimulant, Digestive tonic, Immuno-stimulant, Rubefacient, Warming
Aroma-Chemistry of Clove Leaf
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.
Blends Well With...Basil, Sweet Essential Oil, Cardamom Essential Oil, Clove Bud Essential Oil, Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, Davana Essential Oil, Mandarin, Red Essential Oil, Balsam Copaiba Essential Oil, Sage/Rabbitbrush Essential Oil Co-distill Limited Reserve, Turmeric (Curcuma) Co2 Total Extract, Snakeweed Essential Oil - Limited Reserve, Greenland Moss (Labrador Tea) Ledum Essential Oil, Orange Essence Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, South Africa, Pink Pepper Essential Oil, Kapoor Kacheri Essential Oil, Himalayan Soti, Palo Santo Essential Oil, Ajowain Fruits CO2 Select Extract Organic, Nutmeg CO2 Select Extract, Aniseseed Myrtle Essential Oil, Cedarwood, Indian Vintage Essential Oil Limited Reserve
Safety Information for Clove Leaf
- 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%