Clove oil or oil of cloves is an essential oil from the clove plant also known as Syzygium Aromaticum.
What is Clove?
Clove is an herb and people use the stems, the leaves, the herbal oils and the dried flower buds to produce medicine.
The dried out flower buds which also has an aromatic smell comes from a tree of the Myrtaceae family or the Myrtle family of shrubs and trees. It is local to the Indonesian archipelago, of the Maluku islands and harvested mainly in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Zanzibar and Madagascar.
There are three types of clove oil:
A) Stem Oil
The stem oil is taken from the twigs of Syzygium Aromaticum.
Eugenol - 90-95% along with other minor constituents.
B) Leaf Oil
The leaf oil is produced from the leaves of Syzygium Aromaticum.
Eugenol - 82–88% along with minor constituents and little or no eugenyl acetate
C) Bud Oil
The bud oil is extracted from the flower buds of Syzygium Aromaticum.
Eugenol - 60-90% along with caryophyllene, eugenyl acetate and other minor constituents.
Clove Essential Oil
This essential oil is rich in minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, hydrochloric acid, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and sodium.
Oil of cloves can be used for several things like flavouring drugs or used as a remedy for a common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore throat, fever or to tackle infections. It is also used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.
In addition, it is an antiseptic and natural analgaesic used mainly in dental care because of its primary ingredient EUGENOL. It is also readily available in pharmacies or drug outlet stores over the counter, as a do-it-yourself solution or home remedy for dental pain relief like toothache. Health food stores or nutrition outlet stores particularly with aromatherapy sections may also stock this essential oil.
Health Advantages of Clove Oil
The health advantages of clove essential oils can be due to its antioxidant, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties.
Hence it can be used for the treatment of a number of different health conditions:
Stimulating the Mind