Clove oil is probably our most all around healing essential oil, it is indigenous to Indonesia and Madagascar. Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) can be found in nature as the unopened pink flower buds of the tropical evergreen tree. This oil is extracted from the flowers of the tropical clove plant, which has a pale yellow kind of a hue. Picked by hand in late summer and again in winter, the buds are dried until they turn brown. The buds are then left whole, ground into a spice or are steam-distilled to produce clove essential oil.
Eugenic oil is basically an essential oil of clove. It is a pale, yellow or colorless liquid that can be chemically separated from clove oil. It is also found in the essential oil of bay leaf and cinnamon, it is often used as an antiseptic and an anesthetic substance.
Blessed with a multitude of antiseptic properties, clove oil can be used to treat cuts, wounds, fungal infections, insect bites and even stings.
Clove oil has a number of medicinal properties and is used topically for multi symptom relief. The oil is rich in plant-derived phenylpropanoids, with the main compound being eugenol. The other bioactive compounds include thymol, carvacrol, and cinnamaldehyde.
Clove is filled with antibacterial and antiseptic properties, meaning they can help stop the growth of microorganisms like bacteria, they also contain a number of important vitamins and minerals.
Eugenol (found in Clove oil) is also known for its antibacterial properties. It has proven effective in reducing acne, pimples, boils, skin sores, rashes, blisters, impetigo and reduce swelling and killing infectious bacteria at the same time.
The flavonoids (which are plant based antioxidants) in clove oil also have potent anti-inflammatory properties. This powerful natural oil is used to treat all kinds of inflammation in the body from toothaches and sore gums to skin eruptions, or muscle and joint pain, to inflammation in the gut.
Clove oil’s stimulating properties exfoliates dead skin, and increases blood flow which helps revive the youthfulness of your skin and make you have radiant looking skin.
This explains why you find it in many beauty products, it used for lessening the effects of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and blemishes and helps prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is considered a powerful anti-aging ingredient.
Aromatherapy is also closely associated with beautiful and glowing skin. We all know that stress is one of the biggest enemies for your skin, it not only makes your skin look dull and lifeless, but it also accelerates ageing of the skin. Clove’s amazing aroma helps in calming the nerves and reducing stress.
Clove oil has a warming effect on the body with a spicy fragrance, which immediately refreshes the senses.
Topical application can help remove mental exhaustion and fatigue. Because of its anti-inflammatory nature, clove oil can also be mixed with carrier oils and used as a massage oil, which helps to lower stress and tension in the body as well.
Not only does carvacrol and eugenol, in clove oil, have an effect on your skin and beauty but they also have an anti-candidal and antifungal effect and as such, can be effective against candida albicans.