Clove leaf oil is one such oil that does more good to us than bad, unlike many other therapeutic oils…It is rather warm and comforting in nature…
Clove is a slender evergreen tree up to 39ft high. Its bright green leaves stand in pairs on short stalks. The long buds have a rosy-pinkcorolla at the tip; as the corolla fades the calyx turns red. The whole tree is highly aromatic. The spice was introduced into Europe from the fourth to the sixth century. Believed to be native to Indonesia; now cultivated worldwide, especially in the Philippines, the Molucca Islands and Madagascar.
Other Uses and benefits of Clove
Cloves are used as a table spice and mixed with chilies, cinnamon, turmeric and other spices in the preparation of curry powder. They are also used to flavor the betel quid (pan pati). Clove oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, bath salts and as a flavoring agent in medicine and dentistry.
- Clove bud is a pale yellow liquid with a sweet-spicy odour and a fruity-fresh top note.
- Clove leaf is a dark brown oil with a crude burnt-woody odour.
- Clove stem oil is a pale yellow liquid with a strong spicy-wood odour.
Clove oils contain an extremely high proportion of the potentially caustic eugenol. Cloves bud (the preferred oil for aromatherapy): eugenol acetate, caryophllene. Clove leaf: eugenol (up to 90 percent), little or no eugenyl acetate Clove stem: eugenol with other minor constituents.
It has various properties namely –
The key qualities of Clove leaf oil being -
Tonic,stimulating, revitaliging, aphrodisiac, warming, comforting, puifying, active.
Though do keep one thing in mind…Use in moderation only in low dilution (less than 1 per cent).
And also, let me not deprive you of the fact that Clove oil is highly irritating to skin and mucous membranes. Therefore, it is advisable for the home user to avoid skin applications and steam inhalations of any type of clove oil. However, it can be used in a vaporizer as a fumigant or room scent.
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