Clove bud oil is derived from the clove tree, a member of the Myrtaceae family. This tree is native to Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia. From the evergreen, you can derive three types of clove essential oils: clove bud oil, clove leaf oil and clove stem oil.
Out of the three, clove bud essential oil — also known as Eugenia carophyllata — is the most popular in aromatherapy. Because the oils produced from the leaves and stems have stronger chemical compositions than the buds, they can easily cause skin irritations, which makes them unfit for aromatherapy.
During the time of ancient Greeks and Romans, this plant oil was used to relieve toothaches and to combat bad breath. Its presence was also found in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine with the same purpose.
- When applied topically, clove buds can help address skin problems like warts, acne, sagging skin and wrinkles.
- When used together with citrus essential oils, this plant oil can help ward insects away.
- It is applied topically (diluted) to assist in addressing fungal infections, wounds and cuts. It is also a common treatment for athlete’s foot.
- Clove bud oil is used in soaps not just for its fragrance, but also because of its relaxing and antiseptic qualities.
- It can be used to relieve pain and stress making it a good addition for a massage oil.