Botanical Name: Eugenia Caryophyllata
Plant Part: Buds
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Clove is derived from the tree Syzgium aromaticum. It is a slender evergreen that grows up to 12 meters in height (approximately 36 feet). At the start of the rainy season, long buds appear. They change colour over time and are beaten from the trees and dried. These are the cloves sold commercially.
Colour: Light Golden Yellow
Common Uses: Clove bud essential oil is an effective agent for minor pains and aches (particular dental pain), and is helpful when battling flus and colds.
Strength of Aroma: Medium to Strong
Blends well with: other spice oils, Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Rose.
Aromatic Scent: Clove Bud essential oil smells spicy and rich like actual cloves.
History: The word clove comes from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail, since the shaft and head of the clove bud resembles a nail. Cloves and nutmeg were among the most precious of items of Europe of the 16th and 17th centuries, and they were worth more than their weight in gold.