Clove Bud


Botanical name:

Syzygium aromaticum



Caribbean, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South East Asia, Tanzania. Native to Indonesia.


Method of extraction:

Steam distilled



Pale yellow





Extracted from:

Dried flower buds


Note clarification:



Spicy, warm, woody


Blends well with:

Allspice, bay, bergamot, cinnamon bark, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lavandin, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang ylang


Therapeutic uses:

In topical treatments, clove bud oil is a good choice to relieve muscle, arthritis, and rheumatic pain.

It is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial

It is also used to treat viral skin conditions such as wdiarts and verrucas.

It is a common natural pain reliever for toothache. Please make sure that you dilute the clove bud essential oil in a carrier like coconut oil before use. Do not use any undiluted essential oil orally.  


Clove oil may interact with some prescription drugs.

It may inhibit blood clotting

It can cause skin irritation

Avoid using it around pets, during pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

Not suitable for children under 2 years

Avoid using it in any bath products. It may irritate the skin and mucous membranes

Do not use for prolonged periods.

(Source - Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety, Second edition page 254 - 257)

Approximate shelf life:


 5 years (refrigerated)



Only clove bud oil is typically used in aromatherapy circles. Clove stem oil and clove leaf oil should be avoided because they are skin irritants.

Clove oil contains between 73% and 96% eugenol which is the component of clove oil that makes the application area feel numb. Eugenol is a natural anesthetic. 


Please refer to the 'References and Certifications' page. 


Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments