Plant Origin: Madagascar, Spice Islands
Extraction Method: Stream distilled from flower bud and stem
Eugenol Acetate (8-15%)
Historical Data: The people on the island of Ternate were free from epidemics until the 16th century, when Dutch conquerors destroyed the clove trees that flourished on the islands. Many of the islanders died from the epidemics that followed.
Cloves were reputed to be part of the "Marseilles Vinegar" or "Four Thieves Vinegar" that bandits who robbed the dead and dying used to protect themselves during the 15th century plague.
Eugenol, clove's principal constituent, was used in the dental industry for years to numb gums.
Fragrant Influence: A mental stimulant; encourages sleep, stimulates dreams, and creates a sense of protection and courage.
Application: Dilute 1 part V-6 or carrier oil; apply 2-4 drops on location, gums, or mouth; apply on chakras and/or reflexology points; diffuse
Clove Vitality: take as a dietary supplement.
Caution: Anticoagulant properties can be enhanced when combined with Warfarin, aspirin, etc.
Refer to the Essential Oils Desk or Pocket Reference for more information.