Sweet and seductive, self-possessed and empowering, uplifting, generous and stimulating, Clove bud essential oil treats the day and each of its moments like a celebration of life, warmth, and happiness.
Ready to be seduced by this oil but without losing yourself? Here is how clove bud can enrich your emotional world and improve your physical wellness naturally. But first, some introductions!
Botanical Name: Syzygium aromanticum
Origin: Madagascar, Zanzibar, Indonesia, Java, and Sri Lanka
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Plant Parts Used: Flower Buds
Note Classification: Middle
Scent: Rich, pungent sweet, warm, penetrating, woody, slightly fruity
Blends Well With: Cinnamon, Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Rose, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ginger, Palmarosa, Clary Sage, Basil, Frankincense, Agarwood, Vanilla, Ylang- Ylang
Shelf Life: 4-5 years.
- For a list of cautions associated with the use of clove bud essential oil, please review this article.
- Read more about essential oil safety here.
Maximum Dilution: 0.5%
4 Benefits Of Clove Bud Essential Oil
Since ancient times and even later when the Chinese, as well as the Romans, used it to improve their breath in front of the Emperor or as a preventive measure against The Plague, there is a lot to be discovered when it comes to the health benefits of this essential oil.
Clove bud has been traditionally used in 4 areas of the physical and emotional sphere: benefiting the skin, improving our wellness, boosting emotional health and uplifting our homes.
Clove Bud Oil For Skincare
Natural Solution For Acne
Looking for something natural to deal with acne? According to a 2016 study, clove bud essential oil has exhibited strong activity against a bacteria that is linked to the appearance of acne. The name of the bacteria is Staphylococcus aureus.
More specifically, the antibacterial tests were done using the Oxford cup method and showed that the antibacterial activity of this oil against Staphylococcus aureus was mainly due to its main component, eugenol. Concentration and treatment time also play a major role in the oil’s antibacterial effects.
Clove bud oil did not only prevent the appearance of the bacteria but had a great effect on the growth of the surviving bacteria as well.
Say Bye-Bye To Fungi
There are different types of fungal skin infections such as Athlete´s Foot, Ringworm, Dermatophytid Reaction, Yeast Infection and more.
If you had any issues with skin fungal infections before, you know how persistent and difficult getting rid of fungus can be. Often, you may even be prescribed antibiotics.
According to a 2009 study, clove bud oil and its main component Eugenol have proven to exhibit strong anti-fungal activity against Candida, fungi, and yeasts. Strains of dermatophyte species, candida and Aspergillus were tested in germ tubes and subcultured on Petri dishes to attest the activity of clove bud oil and eugenol on those pathogens.
Skin Healer In A Bottle!
Clove oil has been traditionally used for healing wounds, cuts, and bruises. Recent scientific research also supports the ability of this oil to heal the skin, by remodeling skin tissues and positively affecting skin inflammation.
Always remember that due to its ´hot´ nature, it should be used at very low dilutions when applied to the skin. For extra precaution, it is also better to avoid using it on open wounds.
Fight Aging Signs
Who doesn’t need a little extra help when it comes to making those skin aging signs a tad less visible? For dealing with different aging signs, nature has always been generous and inventive providing various effective solutions.
Looking for scientific evidence? According to a 2015 study, clove bud oil has shown high efficiency against free radicals and therefore skin aging.
The study explored the activity of a market clove bud in a human skin disease model and its effect on 17 protein biomarkers that are linked to skin tissue remodeling. The results gave important evidence about the activity of this oil in the dermal fibroblasts of humans.
You may already know that free radicals in the body are responsible for inflammation as well as skin aging, so fighting free radicals helps the skin be more youthful and healthy.
Natural Body Fragrance Mist
Essential oils are not only a great natural alternative to all those market fragrances, which most of the times smell too heavy or overwhelming, but they also have a positive effect on the mood and emotions.
For a natural DIY body fragrance mist spray, keep in mind that it smells great when blended in with essential oils of the citrus family such as lemon, bergamot or orange. Just remember not to use a lot, because it has a strong scent and in high dilutions, it can be irritating to the skin.
Uplift Your Spirits
Clove bud oil has a hot sweet nature and a rich penetrable energy that can smoothly travel around the most delicate areas of your emotions, boosting your inner calm and infusing you with feelings of positivity and gratitude.
Especially when you are feeling blue and you don’t know why, clove bud can lift your spirits and help you focus on the good things of life.
Stress And Depression Relief
Essential oils have a great effect on emotions and clove bud is no exception. According to a 2015 study performed on rats, clove bud oil showed to have an antidepressant like function and positive effects on chronic and unpredictable light stress by improving a specific hippocampal pathway in the brain of rats.
A few whiffs of this oil during the day promotes positive and calm.
Those over critical of themselves, undermining and rejecting their potential and not realizing their value often allow themselves to be used, controlled and intimidated by others. This mental attitude nurtures negative feelings and can be a real obstacle to one finding their own worth and happiness in life.
Such negativity can result in a wide variety of physical health problems such as headaches, migraines, skin problems and a number of pains and diseases.
Commonly referred to as the ´Oil of Boundaries´, it can be particularly beneficial in promoting a more independent outlook and acceptance of who they really are.
Upper Respiratory Relief
Traditionally, cove bud oil has been used to treat pulmonary infections and upper respiratory problems such as a cough, cold, asthma, sore throat, sinusitis, bronchitis, the flu and more.
Due to its warm nature, it can loosen the mucus and phlegm deposits, leading to an opening of breath, relieving lung discomfort and heaviness. These benefits are particularly welcome during the flu season! Asthma sufferers also benefit from regular use of this oil.
Digestive Health Support
Have you noticed that during periods of stress and tension, even your digestive system health can be affected, leading to symptoms of bloating, stomach upset, intestinal gas, dyspepsia, and even nausea?
Also, when the body is infected by bacteria or other pathogens, the immune system becomes weaker and this has an effect to digestion as well.
Historically, clove bud oil has been used to heal digestive disorders, improving metabolic functions and stimulating a sluggish bowel.
According to studies mentioned earlier in this article, clove bud has shown to be effective with a number of bacteria, fungi and viral infections. As such, it can help your system be more protected against the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory infections.
By boosting immunity, your body becomes more resistant to airborne bacteria, viruses and other pathogens which trigger cold weather infections, and therefore you may not get sick at all or you may get sick a lot less often.
Boost Your Memory
Fatigue, lack of proper sleep, poor nutrition and stress are some of the factors that can affect our memory and have a negative effect on our working productivity, creativity, and mood.
Particularly for students, bad lifestyle habits such as poor sleep and nutrition can have a serious effect on their study focus, which can cause stress and anxiety, especially during exam periods.
Clove bud has been traditionally used for memory deficiency and mental exhaustion, a feature that is very useful for both students and working people who need to improve their mental clarity and ability to focus on mentally demanding tasks.
Home Use and Oral Hygiene
Keeping The Air Cleaner
As we have seen, the traditional use of clove bud in relieving symptoms of upper respiratory problems makes this oil very useful for those cold winter months or whenever airborne infections are on the rise.
This keeps your air cleaner against different pathogens that can cause allergies, a feature that is particularly beneficial for people suffering from allergies or asthma.
Natural Insect Repellent
Similarly to humans that get repelled by certain scents and attracted to others, insects have their own sensitivities when it comes to specific fragrances. Clove bud is, surely, one of their least favorite scents.
Clove bud oil is reputed as a powerful insect repellent and offers you a natural solution to all those chemical laden products that are toxic to the environment and to your health.
Use it as a mist spray to spritz the corners of your kitchen cupboards or the inside of your wardrobe, leaving a lovely fresh sweet scent!
Read next – here are 9 methods (step-by-step) for actually using clove bud oil!
The Bottom Line
- In ancient times, clove bud was used to improve the breath, protect people from the bubonic plague and even as a love potion.
- It has proven to prevent the appearance as well as the growth of a bacteria linked to acne. Other studies have shown very positive results against Candida, fungi, and yeasts.
- Clove bud oil has positive effects on the emotions. It is uplifting and therefore it can help with stress and depression.
- Historically, not only it has been used to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory problems, but also digestive disorders.
- Traditional uses of this oil include dealing with memory deficiency as well as mental exhaustion and promoting mental clarity, infusing a sense of positivity in the home.