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.
An abundance of rainfall and slow down during the month of May has seen a parallel slowing in the production for clove oils. There has been a considerable dearth of dried clove leaves, which meant fewer raw materials for processing. Prices have held their low thresholds with crude clove leaf oil hovering around levels of USD 14- 16/kg. In the imminent clove bud season, there has been a shift in focus from leaves to buds, which brings better returns for farmers and distillers. Consequently, a drop in production of clove leaf oil is anticipated along with a corresponding rise in clove oil prices until the bud harvest ends. Then focus will shift again to clove stems and leaves.
Market price USD 14.75 /kilo 80% rect
Market price USD 14.25 /kilo 82% crude
Market price USD 16.25 /kilo 85% crude
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