Origins of Clove

Clove essential oil, similar to the spice mentioned in Clove: The Aromatic Spice with Healing and Magical Powers, is extracted from the flower bud of the Syzygium aromaticum, an evergreen tree. There is also an oil derived from clove leaves, though it is milder compared to the bud oil. The essential oil is known for its sweet and spicy aroma.

Historical Significance and Lore

Cloves have been part of human history for centuries, with evidence found in Syrian pottery dating back to 1720 B.C.E. There was a historical misconception that cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg originated from the same tree, with each spice representing different parts. In medieval times, cloves were among the “big four” most prized spices, alongside nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper.

Therapeutic Uses of Clove Essential Oil

Health Benefits

Clove essential oil is a boon for the immune and digestive systems and provides antioxidant benefits. Like cinnamon, it is rich in eugenol, a natural antiseptic and anesthetic widely used in dentistry. When applied topically, clove oil can stimulate circulation and alleviate muscle pain.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

Clove essential oil addresses the root causes of physical and emotional discomfort. It engages with the solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras, enhancing self-awareness, inner strength, and personal truth. This process of unearthing personal truth can inspire actions aligned with one’s deeper convictions and goals.