Essential oils are a powerful means of naturally enhancing your mood and with Christmas not too far away you might be thinking about ways you can create a warm and festive atmosphere for your guests and loved ones.
When you breathe in a scent it has a direct impact on your limbic system – the part of your brain that controls and affects your emotions. Essential oils are therefore a perfect way to help you create a lovely atmosphere as well as positively influencing emotions. There are so many wonderful essential oils but for this year I’d like to shine a light on an oil that has two particularly valuable properties at this time of the year.
Clove Bud Essential Oil
I absolutely adore the scent of this oil. It’s strong, sweetly spicy and complex all at once. Clove oil has some AMAZING properties and comes with a some cautions too that I’ll also cover at the end.
Salvatore Battaglia in his Complete Guide to Aromatherapy describes this oil as having a positive and stimulating effect on the mind and the ability to lift depression. It blends wonderfully well with Sweet Orange oil, another joyful essential oil.
During the Renaissence, pomanders were made using cloves to keep the plague epidemic at bay. Dr Jean Valnet records that when Dutch settlers cut down all the Clove trees in Ternate, the area was swept by wave after wave of epidemics which had never happened before.
The Clove tree belongs to the botanical family of Myrtaceae (mertacy-i) which means it is a cousin to Eucalpytus and Tea-Tree and others known for their anti-infectious action.
Clove Bud oil naturally contains a high amount of eugenol making it an excellent antiseptic.
It’s a good oil to stimulate digestion and helps relieves flatulence so also ideal for all the parties and dinners that happen in December…or not!
There are different types of Clove Oil out there because the oil can be extracted from the buds, leaves and stalks. Clove Bud Oil is the only one that should be used by aromatherapists. The other types are well known skin irritants.
Clove Bud Oil is skin sensitizing in high concentrations so when used topically it needs to be well diluted in a carrier oil like Jojoba Oil. Robert Tisserand recommends a maximum dilution of 0.5%. I have used it topically in my practice many times always with very positive results and no sensitization.
Never to be consumed because it is toxic for your liver. Clove oil that pharmacies and dentists offer for toothache is specially prepared for ingestion but instructions must be followed.
Blends well with
So all in all I think you’ll agree this little oil really packs a punch when it comes to boosting your mood, reducing anxiety, warding off coughs and colds and aiding digestion.
Feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below. Until next time take care of YOU!
Best wishes, Louisa