November in Madagascar means clove harvesting season. Cloves, or Eugenia caryophyllata are the dried flower buds of an evergreen tree native to Indonesia. Cloves have been used as a spice for flavoring food as far back as 1721 BC. Cloves have also been chewed to improve dental hygiene and dental discomfort, and to aid in digestion for many hundreds of years.
Cloves are used in many types of medicine, including Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, herbalism, dentistry, and aromatherapy. Clove has a wide range of medicinal properties. The main constituent, Eugenol (part of the Phenol-propane family) has been proven to be broad-spectrum antibacterial. Today, people still use Clove to support oral health, promote digestion, and enhance healthy respiration, as well as many other culinary and health uses. Clove essential oil can be skin sensitizing so it is is best diluted in carrier oil to .05%. This would equal 4-5 drops of Clove essential oil in one ounce of carrier oil.
For all of these reasons and more, Clove essential oil is very important part of our Good Samaritan Wellness blend. This bacteria killing powerhouse also happens to be a delicious, festive aroma for this time of year. Please enjoy these tips and recipes from the back of our new Good Samaritan Information Card and keep your immune system strong and healthy!
- Diffuse 7 drops of Good Samaritan in an ultrasonic diffuser to defend against airborne pathogens. Try adding 5 drops Orange Essential Oil for an amazing, energizing blend!
- To naturally disinfect and safely clean household or office surfaces; add 45 drops of Good Samaritan plus 1 TBSP of natural, all-purpose soap to 16 oz of water in a glass spray bottle. Shake before every use.
- Combine 30 drops of Good Samaritan with 4oz of unscented lotion to make your own natural hand sanitizer.