It has opposite, persistent and leathery leaves. The flowers have a calyx that turns bright red on maturity and a pinkish white corolla, forming branched compact cymes. The fruits only contain one seed. The flower buttons before opening are called ”cloves”.
Main aromatic molecules: Phenols (eugenol), sesquiterpenes (β-caryophyllene) and esters (eugenyl acetate).
Producing organs: Flower buds (nails).
Yield: 13kg of essential oil per 100kg of cloves.
Equivalence: 1ml → 32 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia)
Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.