An ever-popular culinary spice found in mulled wines of Europe and traditional Asian, African and Middle Eastern dishes, clove has been a distinctly unique and beloved flavor and aroma for centuries. The familiar dark reddish-brown buds are actually the unopened and very fragrant flowers of the Eugenia caryophyllata tree, which are typically harvested and dried before use. The oblong buds earned their name from the Latin word “clavus,” meaning “nail-shaped.”
The clove tree is native to Indonesia and has been estimated to have been cultivated for over 2,000 years. The use of the spice has a long history, one rich with use in ancient traditions and folklore. Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic health practices treasured clove for its ability to help ease tooth discomfort. During the Han Dynasty, clove buds were placed in the mouths of those who would speak to the emperor to freshen the breath. Hildegard of Bingen, the first herbalist and naturopath of the Middle Ages, included clove in her book of natural products for its outstanding benefits. Clove was even one of the first ingredients in the original Four Thieves Vinegar!
Clove Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the flowering buds of the clove tree, clove oil emits a dark, strong and spicy aroma—one that is strikingly reminiscent of the earth. In aromatherapy, clove oil is widely used for its stimulating and revitalizing influence. It can uplift when occasional stress and tension has you down, and for some the exotic and smoky aroma can ignite the senses. During emotional chaos, clove oil may offer insight into the true cause of that turmoil, helping to ease it away.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that compliment clove’s earthy fragrance include: bay, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, tea tree, vanilla, vetiver, and ylang ylang oils.
Piping Rock 100% pure Clove Oil is available in 1/2 oz., 2 oz. & 16 oz. bottles.
Clove Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Clove Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its spicy scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Clove Oil to ~10 mL of any Piping Rock carrier oil.
Clove Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.