Essential oils can be derived from three parts of the clove tree – the bud, leaves and stem, however, the clove bud essential oil is the most popular as it is the least toxic but most fragrant. It’s used as a spice worldwide but has been a popular choice in natural medicine for many years.
As the most aromatic of the three clove essential oils, the clove bud oil has a warm, fresh and sweet-spicy aroma. It blends well with rose, clary sage, ylang ylang, bergamot, lavender, lemon and cinnamon.
With its antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, clove oil can be helpful in tackling skin infections such as athletes foot and ringworm. It is often used to treat dental and oral complains such as toothache and ulcers and can also be found in some toothpastes to support gum health and provide a refreshing taste. Lastly, it is a stomachic which can assist with digestive issues nausea and indigestion.
Only use the oil from the clove bud as it’s the least toxic of the three – due to the lower eugenol percentage, All three oils can cause skin and mucous membrane irritation, Clove bud and stem essential oils may cause dermatitis in some individuals. Consult with doctor before using with children aged two or younger
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