Clove is an evergreen tree native to the Moluccas in Indonesia. Their pink flower buds are picked just before opening and laid out to dry in the sun until they turn brown. Many old texts list clove as a stomachic, carminative, and digestive. It reduces flatulence, restores appetite, stimulates digestion and fights intestinal parasites and viral infections. Hildegard of Bingen wrote that clove could be used for headaches, migraines and dropsy.
Because of its high eugenol content, essential oil clove is an extremely powerful antiseptic—in some cases more powerful than oregano and thyme. Clove can be used in small amounts for short periods of time in inhalations or diffusions to fight colds. Be sure to keep your eyes closed or covered to prevent irritation.
Botanical Name: Eugenia caryophllata
Odor Intensity: Medium
Amnesia, mental debility
Digestive disorders-dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea
Mouth and tooth infections
Pulmonary infections (tuberculosis)
Shingles (internal use)
Aroma: sweet, spicy, warm, penetrating.
Parts Used: Immature Flower
Properties: analgesic, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrizing, stimulant, stomachic, vermifuge.
Emotional Concerns: Clove is reputed to stop “mental chatter” and is good for emotional exhaustion, metal fatigue, and lack of concentration due to mental clutter.
Contraindications: The eugenol content is clove may inhibit blood clotting. Do not use on people with slow blood clotting, hemophilia or those who are taking warfarin or other blood thinners. Do not use concurrently with Tylenol (acetominophen). Do not use in cases of liver or kidney disease.
Clove spices may irritate skin and cause contact dermatitis. It may also irritate the liver. It should not be used for long periods of time. Clove can be adulterated with other oils, such as oil of pimento. Be sure to use only high quality clove seeds oil. Because irritation of the eyes may occur from airborne diffusion, do not use in the diffuser for more than a minute or two.
Add to 1 oz. of carrier oil and apply liberally to skin. Eliminate the lemon if you ill be out in the sun.