Cloves occur in nature as unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen tree and are indigenous to Indonesia and Madagascar. Such cloves are handpicked and dried until they turn brown, after which they are grinded to powder form and then converted to essential oil for medicinal purpose. Cloves are essentially high in manganese and other nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Due to its nutritional content, it is widely used in aromatherapy and flavoring. Additionally, clove oil has a variety of other benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory for oral infections to curing toothaches and acne. Due to its ever-increasing demand from pharmaceutical, fragrance, and food industries, the demand for clove oil is expected to rise to six thousand tons by 2022. (SpendEdge Procurement Market Intelligence Report)
Government support for clove tree farmers
African and Indonesian governments are increasingly introducing initiatives to support local clove tree farmers to boost economic growth. For instance, the government of the Republic of Tanzania has implemented measures to boost production through policy reforms and law amendments. Such measures are undertaken to increase the production and purchase of cloves from the farmers themselves. As a result of such initiatives, Tanzania grew its cloves export from $20 million to $54 million in 2016 within a span of one year. Additionally, in March 2017, the Indonesian government formed a farmer’s learning group in the Buol district of Sulawesi to facilitate information sharing among farmers about best-practice agroforestry farming techniques.
Increasing uses for essential oils
The demand for essential oils all across the world is in the rise attributing to increased use as raw materials in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and spa industries as well as across several other products. One of the major applications of clove oil is as an ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes to promote oral hygiene. Additionally, it is also used as massage oil in the aromatherapy industry. With such lucrative opportunity existing in the clove oil market, suppliers such as d?TERRA and Young Living are focusing on expanding their product offerings through direct selling channels.
Increased awareness of clove oil benefits
Clove oil is used in aromatherapy as it reduces anxiety, eases depression, and speeds up the healing process. End-consumers are getting to know such benefits of clove oil, and with an increased inclination towards leading a healthy lifestyle, there is an increasing tendency to use the essential oil for aromatherapy. Such health benefits will drive consumers to demand the natural essential oil in the long run.
Modern essential oil extraction method
Oil extraction methods such as expression-based, enfleurage, and steam-based distillation have been widely and commercially used in the oil industry. Such methods aren’t as efficient as modern techniques. Additionally, some modern techniques are more suited for certain applications such as perfumery. For instance, solvent-based extraction makes the use of hexane and acetone to separate the oil. Percolation and phytonic process are some of the new techniques used for clove oil extraction. These techniques reduce the overall operational cost for the supplier and enable them to pass on the saved costs to the buyers. In addition to reduced costs, such methods will also increase the overall production volume of clove oil and also reduce the fixed costs for suppliers.
Read more about the upcoming trends in the clove oil market along with supply market insights, procurement best practices, category management, and pricing insights in SpendEdge’s upcoming report on the global clove oil market.