Plant/part : Tree/bed (source: zanzibar, indonesia, madagasca)
Latin name : Eugenia caryophyllata
Family : Myrtaceae
Note : Base
Extraction : Distillation
Aroma: Strong, spicy and penetrating.
Properties: An antiseptic and stimulating oil useful in mouthwash and gargle. Comforting rubbed onto gums, traditionally used to relieve toothache. Could be an effective mosquito repellent and an energising muscle relaxant.
Beneficial to the digestive system, renowned for relieving wind / reducing gripping action. Effective against vomiting, diarrhoea, intestinal spasm, dyspepsia, and parasites. Also eases nausea and bad breath due to gastric fermentation. Has a tonic effect on the kidneys, stomach, spleen and intestinal disorders generally. Relieves respiratory problems and has been used for tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis. Valuable in disinfecting the atmosphere during infectious illness. An excellent bactericide and if frequently vaporised during winter will encourage resistance to germs. When mixed with orange and lemon, appears to be an excellent insect repellent.
Chemical constituents: Eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene. (clove leaf) eugenol, some eugenyl acetate.
Precautions: A powerful skin irritant and should be used carefully. Do not use during pregnancy.
Safety information: use half recommended dilution or less.
Blends : Blends well with basil, black pepper, cinnamon, citronella, grapefruit, lemon, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, rosemary and rose.