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.
With an improvement in weather conditions and sporadic rain, prices are stabilising in the current scenario. Supplies are beginning to ease out, with farmers and distillers turning to clove leaves as the supply of clove buds and clove stems has reduced. Demand remains strong, and as we hit a sustained period of dry weather we see prices improving. Also we do not expect it to go down to the late 2016 / early 2017 levels anytime soon as the same weather conditions do not prevail.
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