Oil Summary: Clove Leaf Oil is produced from water or steam distilled from the leaves of the evergreen tree, clove is indigenous to the spice islands of the Moluccas, but has been cultivated widely in Asia, the Philippines, Madagascar, Zanzibar, and Tanzania. It produces a clear to pale yellow liquid with a warm, spicy, woody, and slightly fruity aroma with a medium-strength middle fragrance note. The oil itself will darken and become thicker with age, and should not be used if it appears this way. its main chemical components are eugenol, and phenol. It stimulates the digestive tract and promotes healthy elimination. It also helps to increase the desire to eat, which can be helpful during chemotherapy treatment or to anyone who is having trouble eating due to stress.
Botanical Name: Eugenia Caryophyllus (a.k.a Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb. Or Syzygium Aromaticum)
Plant Origin: India
Processing Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Odor and Color: A colorless or pale yellow liquid having the odor and appearance characteristic clove odor and taste.
Main Constituents: Eugenol and Phenol
Contraindication: Avoid clove leaf oil if you are pregnant, or if you have liver or kidney disease. Can be toxic if used undiluted, and is a major skin irritant. Always heed recommended dilution factors and test (well diluted) on an insensitive area of your skin before any liberal application. Eugenol can cause severe allergic reaction, and if you are starting a course of treatment it is wise to start with small amounts and work your way up to strengthen your tolerance. While clove leaf essential oil can treat stomach ailments, taken in doses that are too high can cause the reverse response: nausea, vomiting, seizure, shortness of breath, rashes and itching may occur. Overuse of clove leaf oil on acne can cause permanent scarring. If you intend to use clove oil for oral health, consult a qualified practitioner before beginning a course of therapy.