The crude oil extracted from the leaves, bud and stem of this plant from the Myrtaceae family is steam distilled at the farms and further processed at our facilities to produce various grades of clove oil and its derivatives.
Clove trees are indigenous to Indonesia. Indonesia is also the largest consumer of clove bud, which is primarily used in the kretek cigarette industry. Due to this demand, farmers are using the remaining components of the clove tree to produce leaf and stem oils and their derivatives.
Clove trees thrive well under open conditions at high altitudes where there is a fair distribution of rainfall. Seedlings are planted in the centre of the pits during May and June at the onset of the monsoon and watered regularly.
Within Indonesia Java produces around 70% of all clove whilst Sulawesi has a growing 30% contribution.
Clove has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The clove flower has powerful antiseptic qualities making it ideal for all kinds of treatment for cuts, bruises, bites and even fungal infections.
It is heavily used across the dentistry industry for its germicidal properties. As it has a numbing effect it can be used as a mild anaesthetic during procedures or to cure tooth and gum pain. You often smell clove in the air when visiting the dentist.
Clove is also used throughout the aromatherapy world, often to relieve the symptoms of stress as it is a know relaxant. It is also found in blends to aid restful sleep and for those with mild depressions.
The clove leaf market is rather subdued. With excessive rainfall there is a shortage of dried clove leaves for distillation; and so, the oil output too has been low. Past crop patterns have shown that Indonesia sees a big clove harvest every fourth year. In keeping with the trend, this year too is set to have a robust harvest that can last for two to three months. In comparison to the leaf, clove buds have brought in better prices for farmers and distillers. The bud harvest season has begun and the markets are abuzz and waiting. The shift in attention from leaf to bud may result in decreased oil quantities, as well as a potential hike in prices. However, Van Aroma is holding adequate stocks and can fulfil any bulk order. While the price for eugenol and eugenol derivatives are at a low, clove oil rates will remain on the higher side till the clove bud season is over and, once again, stems and leaves are the cynosure of all eyes.
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