Description: The sun-dried flower buds of this small bushy tree have been one of the world's most precious spices and a key ingredient during colonial times. The flower buds are pink until dried, where upon they turn brown. The buds contain a chemical called eugenol, which gives them their characteristic aroma. Trade in cloves can be traced back some 2000 years to China, India and even the Roman Empire.
Cloves are one of the primary seven ingredients in Buddhist incense and are known to be very stimulating.
Synonyms: Eugenia caryophyllata
Origin: Moluccas Islands (Spice Islands), Indonesia, Madagascar, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Comoro Islands
Parts Used: flower buds
Aroma Description: intense, spicy, warming, slightly sour-fruity, refreshing
Cosmetic Uses: widely used in perfumery, potpourris, pomanders, as well as to flavor toothpaste
Culinary Uses: the buds are chewed as a breath freshener, widely used for food and drink flavoring. Used to flavor Vermouth and Indian and Indonesian cigarettes.
Medicinal Attributes: used to treat gastroenteritis and intestinal parasites, toothaches and insect bites. In traditional Chinese medicine cloves are used as a kidney tonic, to relieve pain, treat nausea, vomiting, stomach chills and impotence. Strongly antiseptic.
Element Association: Fire
Planetary Association: Jupiter
Aromatic Note: Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled, widely used in perfumery
Mixes Well With: aloeswood, borneol camphor, benzoin, cassia, cinnamon, frankincense, guggul, lavender, myrrh, musk seed, nutmeg, opoponax, patchouli, rhubarb, rose, saffron, sandalwood, spikenard, star anise, storax, tolu balsam, turmeric, vanilla, etc.
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