Clove Hydrosol can be used very effectively for its antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral properties. It hasn’t been available on the general market for as long as some of the other hydrosols, but there are companies that do carry it. It is not as potent as the essential oil, and has a role to play in our aromatic toolkit.
Plant Description: Clove is an evergreen tree, which grows up to 12 meters. At the start of the rainy season long buds appear with a rosy-pink corolla at the tip. As the corolla fades the calyx slowly turns deep red. These are then beaten from the tree and dried.
History/Folklore: One of the first recorded uses of Clove Bud was recorded in the Chinese Han period 220 – 206 BC where it was used to sweeten the breath. Cloves were introduced into Europe in the 13th Century. Cloves were once one of the most prized of all commodities and the early history of the clove trade is characterized by deceit, covetousness and violence.
Aroma and Taste: Clove bud hydrosol has a warm, sweet-spicy aroma and taste.
Stability and Shelf Life: Stable
pH: 4.5 – 7.00
Clove bud hydrosol has antifungal, antiseptic, analgesic and antibacterial properties.
Use as a digestion aid, as well as for tooth infections and respiratory infections. Often used in oral care recipes, it also makes an excellent addition to any mouth wash. Use this hydrosol on its own, or as an ingredient in a surface cleaning spray or air mister. There are many who like to use it in food flavoring.
Aliksir.com says that it rebalances the oral and digestive flora by refreshing breath and improving resistance to digestive and viral infections. The hydrosol is much less aggressive than the essential oil. Spray it on the skin for a numbing sensation. They recommend that before using it topically on the skin you do a skin test, especially for sensitive skins and avoid spraying clove hydrosol around the eyes.
Natureinbottle.com recommend using Clove bud hydrosol to help with minor pain and inflammation management. They also recommend gargling with a mix of Clove bud hydrosol and warm water to help fight bad breath. Its anti-inflammatory properties are useful for sore throats, coughs, colds and sinusitis. Emotionally and energetically Clove bud hydrosol is warming and comforting. Its spicy aroma is calming to the mind, especially when there is obsessive thinking.
I personally find that by their very nature, hydrosols are particularly helpful when used energetically. I like to include them in misters and sprays and find that they can make a subtle and effective difference.
In Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Clove has themes of Chronic Nervousness and Anxiousness.
You can view other posts written on individual hydrosols here. Another general article on Floral Waters/Hydrosols/Hydrolats. Reference Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils ©1998-2018 Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc. Ernst Guenther, The Essential Oil, Vol V, 1948 reprinted 1972 Beverley Hawkins, Essential Oils and Carriers, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201, Aromatherapy 301, 1999-2018