Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) essential oil possesses numerous therapeutic properties and contains the highest antioxidant score among all herbs and spices.
Clove essential oil is steam distilled from the buds and stems of the plant and has a spicy, warm aroma.
Clove oil contains a high amount of the compound eugenol, which is used as a local anesthetic, antiseptic and analgesic (pain reliever) and has been used in dentistry for many years. Studies have shown eugenol to be an effective blood purifier and heart health supporter, however, eugenol is hepatotoxic (may cause damage to the liver), so oils containing large amount of eugenol, such as clove, should not be taken internally for more than 10 days at a time.
Clove essential oil also exhibits antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti tumor, antiviral and immune stimulant properties. Historically it’s been used for infections, digestive health, childbirth and toothaches.
Clove oil can be used topically, with a 1:1 ratio of clove oil to carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil), and applied to area of concern or reflex points. It can also be diffused, along with an oil such as bergamot or lavender, as clove is a strong oil and may irritate nasal membranes if inhaled directly from a diffuser. To use internally, rub 1 drop directly onto gums for tooth pain, place 1 drop under your tongue, consume in capsules, or use as a flavoring in cooking.
8 Uses for Clove Essential Oil
- Oral Health Clove oil is widely accepted as a beneficial solution for dry sockets, toothaches and various discomfort associated with oral health. Dilute 1 drop clove oil with 1 drop carrier oil and apply to area of concern.
- Parasites Take 2 drops clove oil internally, in capsules, for up to 10 days to create a inhospitable environment for parasites.
- Oxidative Stress Research shows clove to contain a high amount of antioxidants. Diffuse, along with a citrus oil, or dilute 2 drops with equal parts carrier oil, and apply topically to neck and chest to prevent free radical damage.
- Fungal and Yeast Balance Clove contains anti-fungal properties and research shows it to be effective in balancing oral yeast. Add 1 drop of clove oil to herbal tea and consume for up to 10 days.
- Acne Clove oil is a natural antibacterial and can help fight acne and other skin issues. Combine 3 drops of clove oil with 2 teaspoons of raw (local is best) honey and apply to face. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off.
- Blood Pressure Health Clove oil can help to ease stress and lower elevated blood pressure. Diffuse along with ylang ylang oil, or dilute and apply topically to wrists, chest and back of neck.
- Immune Support Clove oil contains antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. It has the ability to help boost the immune system. Diffuse along with lemon oil, or dilute and apply topically to feet, back of neck and wrists.
- Insect Repellant Clove oil contains an aroma which repels mosquitos and other insects. Diffuse or dilute with equal parts carrier oil and apply topically to exposed skin.
Clove Essential Oil Precautions
A 1:1 essential oil to carrier oil ratio is recommended for topical use, as clove oil may irritate sensitive skin.
If taking clove oil internally, do not use for more than 10 days consecutively, as it contains a high amount of eugenol, which is hepatotoxic (may be toxic to the liver). It’s also recommended to take a probiotic, especially if using clove oil internally, to restore healthy gut flora.
When using any essential oil, especially internally, use only the highest quality essential oils that are 100% certified therapeutic grade or organic to ensure you’re getting a 100% pure oil and not one with unwanted and harmful chemicals or toxins.
Quick Thoughts: Clove Essential Oil
- Clove contains a high amount of eugenol which has been used in dentistry for years.
- Clove oil is a natural alternative for tooth aches.
- Clove oil exhibits antiseptic properties.
- Clove oil has an aroma which repels mosquitos and other insects.
- Clove has the highest antioxidant score among all herbs and spices.
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