Clove Bud Oil

Ternate Moluccas Indonesia

Clove bud oil.....The clove tree is endemic in the North Moluccas in Indonesia. Formerly the tree was cultivated on the islands of Ternate, Tidore, Bacan and the west coast of Halmahera. The Dutch extended cultivation to several other islands in the Moluccas. The trees were introduced to other countries only at the end of the Dutch monopoly.

The clove tree is a straight, handsome evergreen with flower buds, which in their unopened bud stage are picked green. They are dried in the sun until they turn dark brown. The buds resemble a broad headed nail. If the bud isn’t picked it develops into a fleshy, purplish fruit called the “Mother of Clove”.


Indonesians don’t use clove as a spice. Instead they use it for smoking, consuming 50% of the world’s production. Cigarettes flavored with cloves are extremely popular being enjoyed by almost every male.

Clove bud oil contains medicinal properties and is a strong germicide, antiseptic and local irritant.

Botanical Name - Eugenia aromatic

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flower buds

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Warm, spicy, and woody odor with a subnote of leather

Largest Producing Countries - Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Madagascar

Traditional Use - In Chinese medicine, the oil is used for diarrhea, hernia, bad breath and bronchitis. It’s used in dental preparations, and as a fragrance component in toothpastes, soaps, toiletries, cosmetics and perfumes, the production of printing ink, glue and varnish.

Properties - Analgesic, anthelminthic, antibiotic, anti-emetic, antifungal, antihistaminic, anti-infectious, antineuralgic, anti-oxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiacal, carminative, counter-irritant, expectorant, general stimulant, larvicidal, parasiticide, spasmolytic, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, and vermifuge.

Benefits - Acne, arthritis, asthma, athlete’s foot, bronchitis, bruises, burns, chest infections, colds, colic, cuts, diarrhea, dyspepsia, general exhaustion, flu, insect repellent (mosquito), mental debility, muscle pain, nausea, recovery from infections, rheumatism, ringworm, scabies, sprains, stress, tired limbs, toothache, ulcers, verrucas, and warts.

Blends Well With - Allspice, bay, bergamot, chamomile roman, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, and ylang ylang.

Safety Data - Only the clove bud oil , and not the leaf or stem oil should be used. This oil may cause skin irritation. Avoid it during pregnancy and don’t use if you are suffering from liver or kidney conditions. Use this oil in moderation, only in low dilution (less than 1 per cent).

Young Girl at Temple Ceremony, Indonesia
Young Girl at Temple Ceremony, Indonesia

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Clove bud oil is used extensively in perfumery, by dentists to treat toothache, and as an antiseptic. It’s used in the culinary industry, as an ingredient in toothpastes and mouth washes, as a cleaning agent in histological work, and in the making of artificial vanilla.

Painting of People Harvesting in Rice Fields, Neka Museum, Ubud, Island of Bali, Indonesia
Painting of People Harvesting in Rice Fields, Neka Museum, Ubud, Island of Bali, Indonesia

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