Clove essential oil

Clove

(Syzygium aromaticum)

topical aromatic

Clove essential oil is used aromatically and topically  while Clove Vitality essential oil is a dietary oil and therefore can be ingested.

Clove is an important ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, and has a scent that is very warm and inviting.   Clove is the perfect scent for fall and winter – it reminds me of Thanksgiving, Mulled cider, crisp nights, and Christmas.  It comes from the flower buds of the evergreen tree and the buds resemble small nails or tacks.   Always dilute Clove when using topically.

clove topical

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Enjoy this festive fall scent in your own sugar scrub by combining 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup sugar and your favorite oils.  Combine Clove with complimentary oils such as Cinnamon, Orange, or Ginger.
  2. Add a single drop to your toothbrush when brushing your teeth to promote fresh, clean breath!
  3. Clove is a warming oil and is therefore a great oil to use for a warming massage.
  4. Diffuse Clove any time of year to enjoy it’s spicy scent.  Try diffusing it with Frankincense and orange.
  5. Add clove to a spritzer bottle with water and alcohol and use it to spritz up your potpourri.  Feeling adventurous?  Make your own potpourri using dried fruits, dried flower heads or petals, pine cones and wood chips.  Combine Clove with Cassia, Vetiver, Orange, Cinnamon, Ginger and spritz on potpourri as needed for a wonderfully fall scent.  This makes a GREAT Christmas gift!

Potpourri

Homemade Potpourri suggestions:

  • Star Anise
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Dried apple, lemon or orange slices.  Slice thin and bake @ 200° for 2 hours.  Read more about drying fruit here.
  • Dried orange peels
  • Pine cones
  • Bay leaves
  • Whole Cloves
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Dried flower petals or flower heads (dry by hanging upside down)
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Shell nuts such as almonds, chestnuts or walnuts
  • Vanilla bean pods
  • Pine branches
  • Acorns
  • Dried tree bark or wood chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Optional: Orris root powder – this helps the scent to last longer.  Orris powder can readily be found on Amazon.com
  1. Make sure that all ingredients are completely dry.  this can be accomplished by heating them in the oven at a very low temperature or by placing them in a warm corner of your house for a couple of weeks.  Be sure to choose a mix that not only smells nice, but has an appealing texture and color as well.
  2. Mix your potpourri using any combination you choose, add a Tbsp of orris powder and 2-3 drops of each essential oil.  Mix.
  3. Store in airtight container for 2-3 weeks.  Add to a decorative bowl and enjoy.
  4. Alternatively, add one cup of potpourri mixture to a pot of water on the stove to infuse the home with your scent.

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*Disclaimer: I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and I am not endorsed by the Young Living Corporation. None of what I talk about on this site has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools based on my own personal experiences.

Gifts of the Magi using essential oils

With my newfound love of essential oils, I decided to get creative this year.  That’s usually a bad idea, since I’m not the creative type.  So I have to resort to stealing/modifying someone else’s idea.   And this is what I found at http://www.theidearoom.net

gifts of christmas infographic

If you’d like to start with some basics, first read my post about Bath Salts using your premium starter kit.

gift of christmas pics

Supplies:

Airtight glass containers:  I got mine at Hobby Lobby.  My containers are small because I was making 10 of these for my family members.  But Hobby Lobby, or any crafting store, should have a wide variety of jars.

Gift Boxes:  These i picked up at Michael’s and are the perfect size for these little jars

“Hay”: brown crinkle paper, again at Michael’s, acted as my poor man’s hay.  Plus, since I was shipping these boxes, the paper worked well as padding.

Chocolate Gold coins: Available most everywhere candy is sold this time of year.

Twine: I used twine to tie the labels onto the packages.  To make the labels, I used picmonkey.com which is a free and easy infographic making program.

Myrrh Bath Salts

What you’ll need

Salt:  For these bath salts I used a 3 different types of salt.  Epsom salt for therapeutic benefit, Kosher salt for texture and then Himalayan Salt for just a pop of color.  But any combination of salts will work for this recipe

Olive Oil: Just a hint of Extra Virgin Olive oil or any other carrier oil will help keep this mix from drying out.

Myrrh essential oil:  Young Living carries a wide variety of oils.  Buy your Myrrh essential oil HERE.

Lavender essential oil (optional):  Myrrh, by itself, isn’t very fragrant.  I did not add anything to my mix because I wanted to stay true to the religious significance of the oils and the gift, but adding a few drops of lavender will enhance the aroma of this bath salt recipe.  I decided instead to just include a sample packet of lavender with instructions to add it for a more fragrant experience.

Myrrh bath salts

  • 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup of Kosher salt
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 8-10 drops of Myrrh essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender (optional)

Mix salts and oil together.  Add essential oils of choice and blend.  Keep in an airtight container.  Use 1/2 cup of salts for an average sized bathtub.

Frankincense Sugar Scrub:

What you’ll need:

Raw Sugar: Raw sugar is a minimally processed version of cane sugar.  The larger crystals make it desirable for a sugar scrub

White Sugar: The smaller granules of white sugar make a nice contrast against the larger crystals of the raw sugar

Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any other carrier oil) helps to keep this recipe from drying out.  Also, using a sugar scrub with olive oil leaves your  skin feeling silky smooth! The recipe calls for 1/8 of a cup of oil but I found that to be a bit much for my liking – feel free to add more.

Frankincense essential oil: Young Living carries a wide variety of essential oils.  Buy your Frankincense essential oil HERE

frankincense sugar scrub

  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 8-10 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil (optional)

Mix all ingredients and seal in an air tight container.  Use as needed to exfoliate and soften skin.

Add the Myrrh Bath Salts, Frankincense Sugar Scrub and gold coin to a box and you’ve got yourself a wonderfully smelling and symbolic gift that embraces the spirituality of Christmas!

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Disclaimer: I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and I am not endorsed by the Young Living Corporation. None of what I talk about on this site has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools based on my own personal experiences.