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.
Indonesian producers are unable to forecast for clove oil. Production has declined due to adverse weather patterns. This has resulted in a dearth of fresh clove and prices have broken all barriers. For clove, yields are lower and it is difficultto harvest. Clove oil prices will continue to rise and there is a wide variation of qualities available in the market. The harvest is projected to be lower as compared to last year’s crop. Demand is increasing, but market conditions are unclear. The crop is expected to be problematic. That said, clove is a fast growing crop and a change in weather can always reverse these extremes in a matter of a few months. Now is a good time to replenish stocks, or else it is a long wait till mid-year and hope for a change in the situation.
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