Botanical Name: Syzygium aromaticum
Clove bud essential oil is a middle note steam distilled from the buds.
This oil is emotionally balancing and offers clarity and a stimulating atmosphere. It adds warmth to diffuser and perfume blends and can be used in massage oil, salves, and other body care formulations.
It is spicy and pungent with dry, slight sweet and fruity notes that are characteristic to dried clove buds.
This oil is primarily composed of eugenol, as well as eugenyl acetate, and β-caryophyllene.
Blending and Uses
This oil is often used in autumn themed diffuser, perfume, or aroma spray blends. Combine with ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon to awaken the senses and bring comfort. Clove and orange is a classic wintertime combination, and blending with cedarwood virginiana and juniper berry offers more evergreen notes. Vanilla or peru balsam are aromatically vibrant and sweet combinations for clove in perfumes. In contrast it can also be paired with bright fruity oils like grapefruit, litsea cubeba, and ylang ylang.
Massage oil or salve blends with clove oil can be used for occasional aches with other helpful oils like lavender, rosemary, cypress, or black pepper. Clove can also be combined with peppermint or fennel oils to gently rub on the abdomen for digestive discomfort. Use it in soaps with spearmint, or tangerine. It makes part of the thieves blend, for its cleansing properties, and can be added to simple surface cleaning recipes with lemon oil.
Clove bud oil is quite pungent and should be used sparingly in any blend. Start with one drop at a time when adding to perfume or topical formulations so it does not become overpowering or irritating to skin. Slowly add more oil to achieve your desired results.
This oil may interact with certain drugs, may contain methyleugenol, and can cause skin sensitization. Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. Keep away from children and pets.
Before using perform a small patch test on your inner forearm or back. Apply a small quantity of diluted essential oil and cover with a bandage. If you experience any irritation use carrier oil or cream to further dilute the essential oil, and then wash with soap and water. If no irritation occurs after 48 hours it is safe to use on your skin.