Clove Eugenia caryophyllata Essential Oil Information

Eugenia caryophyllata

Clove Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Alternative Names

Source Location

Plant part used

Eugenia caryophyllata

Clove Bud

Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India & Indonesia

Flower buds

Extraction Method



Aroma Strength

Steam distillation

Dark gold/brown

Medium/somewhat oily



Dark, earthy, spicy and bittersweet


As a local anesthetic, for use in dental procedures and preparations. Treats common cold and flu symptoms, like fever, fatigue, and phlegm, plus fights bacteria and germs.  Used for bronchitis, arthritis, toothaches, sprains, rheumatism, insomnia and depression. Natural insect repellent.

Blends Well With

Rose, Ylang ylang, Lavandin, Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamont, and Bay Leaf, as well as Black Pepper, Chamomile, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Vanilla, Vetiver


Eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene, isocaryophyllene


Analgesic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic, diuretic, disinfectant, sedative


Can irritate mucous membranes and the skin; use at a 1% dilution. Avoid in cases of alcoholism, hemophilia, prostatic cancer, kidney or liver issue, or if taking blood thinners or anticoagulants.

Misc Info

The ingestion of a drop of clove oil during smoking cessation is thought to reduce cravings. In Renaissance Europe, it was one of the go-to remedies and preventatives for the plague and other epidemics, of course they didn't know at the time about the strong anti-microbial properties of the oil.

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