23 Surprising Benefits of Clove Oil

The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities. The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient.

Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred to as clove bud. Clove bud has a shaft and a head and hence it has the Latin name clavus, meaning nail. Clove was extensively used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations and it spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the seventh and eight centuries. Even now, clove is used in several Indian and Chinese dishes.

Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C.

Health benefits of Clove oil

The health benefits of clove oil include the following:

Infections: Due to its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, scabies, and other types of injuries. It can also be used for treating insect bites and stings. It is very strong in nature and should always be used in diluted form, and furthermore, it should not be used by people with unusually sensitive skin.

Dental care: As mentioned above, the most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. It contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for many years. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of clove oil also helps to eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including mouthwash and tooth paste. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal. But be careful, it is very strong and can cause burns inside your mouth if used incorrectly.

Recent studies and careful consideration of the power of clove oil have resulted in it being used as a soothing balm on infants who are teething. In extremely diluted form, it can be applied to a baby’s gums, and the antiseptic and soothing qualities of the oil can ease their pain and reduce their discomfort.

Skin care: Clove oil is often recommended for skin care, especially for acne patients. The effects are best achieved when the oil is used in liquid form and spread on a clean, dry rag. You will find it in many products for lessening the effects of aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial rejuvenation for the eyes because of its rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow to unhealthy skin and make it look young again!

Immune system: Both clove and clove oil are useful for boosting the immune system. Its antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increases resistance to a multitude of diseases, because the antioxidants in clove essential oil scavenge the body of dangerous free radicals that cause a multitude of diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.

cloveoilStress: Clove oil is aphrodisiac in nature and therefore serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. When ingested in appropriate amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. It also induces sleep and is helpful to patients suffering from insomnia. It is also useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression and anxiety.

Headache: Clove oil, when mixed with salt and applied on the forehead, gives a cooling effect and helps in getting relief from headaches. Clove oil has many flavonoids within it, which are anti-inflammatory agents. When topically applied to the temples or neck, that anti-inflammatory quality will ease the inflammation or tension that so often brings about headaches. For the same reason, clove oil is used as a pain reliever on other parts of the body, like joints and overworked muscles, to provide some relief from painful inflammation or swelling.

Respiratory problems: Clove oil has a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect, and is frequently used to clear the nasal passage. This expectorant is a useful treatment for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. Chewing a clove bud is traditionally recommended to soothe sore throats.

Sty: Clove and clove oil are very effective home remedies for treating sty. Sty is an inflammation on the eyelash and can be a very irritating and painful condition. Sty is not only painful, but also causes difficulty in the proper functioning of the eye. Clove oil has also been shown to be preventative of other eye infections due to its antibacterial qualities.

Ear ache: A mixture of warm clove oil and sesame oil is a good remedy for earaches. The clove flower is the source of that beneficial additive of this already powerful essential oil.

Indigestion: Clove oil has traditionally been effective for the treatment of stomach-related problems such as hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. Therefore, clove is one of the most important spices added to many Indian dishes. This is once again due to the potent effects of eugenol, one of the main functional parts of clove essential oil.

Nausea: Clove oil is helpful in reducing nausea and vomiting and is often used for pregnancy-related morning sickness and discomfort. Using it occasionally in aromatherapy or topically applying it to pillows at night for long-term inhalation can result in these positive effects.

Blood circulation: Clove oil increases your body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation and reducing body temperature. An increase in blood circulation typically means a reduction in tension of the blood vessels, a problem commonly associated with tension headaches. Furthermore, increased circulation adds to the oxygenation of the blood and organ systems, which increases metabolism and raises organ efficiency. Finally, in terms of diabetes, increased blood flow can help prevent some of the most dangerous side effects of that terrible disease that can lead to major complications, amputations, and even death. Eugenol is the active ingredient in clove essential oil that causes this stimulation of blood circulation.

Blood purification: Clove oil also helps in purifying the blood; studies have shown that the aroma extracts can actually reduce toxicity in the blood and stimulate antioxidant activity throughout the body, thereby boosting the immune system as well as purifying platelets.

Premature ejaculation: Research has indicated that clove can be useful for treating premature ejaculation. However, further research needs to be carried out to confirm these results.

Cholera: It is believed that clove oil is useful for treating cholera.

Diabetes: Along with blood purification, clove oil helps control the level of blood sugar, making it very useful to patients suffering from diabetes. Studies have shown that the postprandial insulin and glucose response mechanisms are more regulated when clove oil is acting on the body’s systems. This is primarily due to the phenol concentration found in clove oil, which is one of the highest in terms of spice plants of its general type.

Other Uses of Clove Oil

Insect Repellent: Clove oil is commonly used as a component in bug repellent and insect-repelling candles because the vapor is very potent for the olfactory senses of many insects. Traditionally, a few drops of clove oil were placed on the bedsheets at night to keep bugs away.

Cosmetics: Clove oil is often added in cosmetic creams and lotions, and it is commonly known as a good massage oil that provides relief from pain and stress.

cloveoilClove cigarettes: Usage of clove in making cigarettes is a new trend all over the world, although traditionally, clove was added to cigarettes in Indonesia. Smokers incorrectly feel that the numerous health benefits of clove would nullify the ill effects of smoking, whereas the natural elements in clove cigarettes only reduce the harmful impacts, but smoking clove cigarettes can still be carcinogenic.

Flavoring Agent: Along with trying to benefit from cloves’ digestive properties, the essential oil is also added to food items due to its rich flavor. It is added in a multitude of Indian dishes, pickles, sauces, spice cakes, and many other cultural foods.

Soap: Due to its powerful aroma, soothing effect and antiseptic properties, clove oil is often added when making soap and can often be found as an active ingredient.

Perfumes: Clove oil is also used in making perfumes because of its powerful and unique aroma.

Many people believe that clove oil is useful in preventing and treating cancer. However, the American Cancer Society clearly mentions that there is no scientific evidence on the curative properties of clove oil. It is also claimed by many that clove oil is useful in treating viral hepatitis, but again, further research must be conducted.

Aromatherapy: Clove oil blends well with many essential oils including basil essential oil, rosemary essential oil, rose oil, cinnamon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, lemon essential oil, nutmeg essential oil, peppermint essential oil, orange essential oil, lavender essential oil, geranium essential oil. This makes clove oil a popular element in aromatherapy and other herbal combinations.

Clove Oil- Risks

One should be careful while using clove oil, because it is very strong even in small quantities and must be diluted before application or ingestion. Since eugenol (a main part of clove essential oil) is not very common, some people discover violent allergies when taking too much at once. Use small amounts of any essential oil if you have never used it before.

Furthermore, preliminary risks of clove oil include some intestinal discomfort, which is most common in children, and in the most serious cases, has even been connected to kidney and liver failure. Finally, clove oil can cause blood sugar to drop, so diabetics should be cautious, and pregnant women and those who are nursing should not use clove oil, as it is not clear whether this strong compound passes to the infant in the breast milk. As with any change to diet or nutritional supplement, it is best to consult a doctor before administering or adding to your daily or weekly regimen.

How to use clove oil for toothache?

Grab a cotton ball or swab and dab on a bit of the clove oil. Then, hold it against the tooth that is hurting. Within a few minutes, the tooth will be numb. The effect of clove oil on a toothache is almost immediate, and it is very simple to do. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic nature of clove oil makes it an excellent topical agent, and it can also help reduce infection and protect the immune system at the same time!

How to use clove oil?

You can use clove oil in a number of ways, depending on what ailment you are trying to fix. For example, you can topically apply a small amount of clove oil on an aching tooth, and you can also mix clove oil with honey or another carrier oil and topically apply it to the skin. This can help to heal wounds and clear up blemishes. If you want to perform an intestinal cleanse with clove oil, you can consume small amounts, but it is best to do this under the supervision of a doctor.

What is clove oil good for?

Clove oil is good for quite a few things as a natural healing agent. When it comes to topical pain on the body, clove oil can be a numbing agent, and also relieve pain and inflammation. Clove oil can be used in toothaches to relieve pain, and can also protect against oral infections. Clove oil also has a number of antioxidants, meaning that consuming small amounts or applying it to the skin can reduce oxidative stress and prevent chronic disease.

What does clove oil do?

Clove oil does many things in the realm of anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Many people know about clove oil because it can clear up acne and other severe skin irritations, and can also help clear out bacterial infections in the gut. Clove oil is good for hair growth and appearance, and is commonly applied for toothaches, due to its numbing effects. It can also be mixed with carrier oils and used as a face wash to moisturize the skin.

What is eugenic oil?

Eugenic oil is basically an essential oil of clove oil. It is a pale, yellow or colorless liquid that can be chemically separated from clove oil. It is also found in the essential oil of bay leaf and cinnamon. Also known as eugenol, it is often used as an antiseptic and an anesthetic substance. However, due to its high concentration when not diluted in other oils, it can be harmful to the liver when consumed in large quantities.

 List of Essential Oils with their Health Benefits

Further Reading: Medicine Plus, FDA, National Headache FoundationBritish Dental Health FoundationWhat is a Sty?

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I had sever tooth ache and using dis clove oil was really awesome. I didn't know how to use soo had some discomfort like buring sensation n loss of tasteness. It really works superb..I vote100 points.


Wow! I have used clove in various ways (always in a conservative manner). I find some of the posts to be somewhat scary. Caution is the significant factor to be used and research on the internet is not always going to be accurate unless your are dealing with a reputable site as professional journals that are posted. Unfortunately for me, very few if any natural remedies have helped and as far as treating an abscess tooth, the pain might stop but the infection is still there and can continue to spread and lead to death. I could never recommend anyone to ignore getting professional dental assistance. I have a tooth whose nerve died during a dental procedure. I caught the problem after seven days. Got penicillin, the infection is 90% dead, but a root canal will still have to be performed to remove the dead rotting matter that remains. I treated the pain with a soaked balck tea bag. this seemed to help, but the penicillin has worked much better. By the way, for those who may not know--penicillin is a natural anti-bacterial.


Hilarious read. Take it easy, hippies. Maybe lay off the almighty, overwhelming clover before doing your write-ups.


Do not put clove, or any essential oil, in, or even directly near the eyes! I do not care what any article or video recommends. Regardless of being diluted. * Please use common sense*


Eugenol is a toxic substance (even chewing/eating whole cloves), use with extreme caution!!


My daughter has been dealing with mulluscum contagiosum... I have tried everything bought expensive mullucsum oil and nothing worked... She has over 1000 of them and just had 700+ removed only for them to keep coming back she is only 2 years old. Just started using clove oil Thursday night and half of them have died. I am worried about if you can put too much clove on your skin any advise and yes I am doing half clove oil half olive oil


I've read that clove helps to get rid of candida (or at least minimizer the symptoms). It says to mix it with the food (salads). Can we use essential oil internally or is there other type of oil to be used with food?


I understand that clove oil is super high in phytoestrogens. Not something you should use for an extended amount of time.


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Is clove oil any good for hyper-pigmentation


Agony i was in and still am with my tooth, i lost a filling and i do not want to go to a dentist for personal reasons this helps, when im in agony i put a drop on a paper towel and put it on my tooth, pain goes, BUT it does come back the pain, must go the dentist reallty


Through continued application of clove oil (to your filling void) the pain should eventually go away and not come back. Continued and repeated use will KILL the nerve causing the pain. Be mindful that beyond that point oral hygene becomes critically important because the mechanism to alert you of a problem (the nerve) doesn't work anymore.You might find it more effective to apply it with precision to the affected cavity. You can do this by using a blunt (as in not sharpened to a point) curved metal dental pick appliance- readily available from most pharmacies in the tooth brush aisle. Dip the tool's hook tip directly into the undiluted clove oil then apply to the bad spot on your tooth. The concentrated oil tastes horrible and it will spread to other areas of you mouth in proximity...like your tongue...YUMMY!!! Probably better to spit out your "fouled" saliva than swallow it (unless you have a sore throat, in which case it will help that). You don't need a lot, just coating the pick tool should do it and you may have to hit it a few times. Be sure to rinse and/or wipe off the tool before additional "dippings" into the oil to avoid contamination. The tool is also useful to tame down a gum line infection. You can get between the teeth with it to apply the product.
As with any first application of something like this it's important to be observant to adverse reactions (outside of your gag reflex). Cove oil and a pick are part of my first aid kit in my backpack.


lol clove oil made a cavity dissapear, a cavity is a hole in the tooth, clove oil must be strong


It is possible for teeth and bones to heal and grow back, albeit slowly. Fillings and prosthetics obstruct this process. This is the first I have heard that cloves can help with this process, but it is certainly nothing to be scoffed at.


Sounds like it may halt the cavity progression and promote re-calcification. Not completely out of the realm of possibility.

There would just be two elements required, the clove solving both: a) killing the bacteria that aid in tooth decay b) promoting remineralization by making the environment alkaline, which eugenol can certainly do.


Interestingly, clove oil kills nanobacteria which is discovered to be responsible to a host of degenerative diseases, particularly calcification of the arteries. When the calcium covering is chelated with ascorbic acid neutralised with bicarb soda or EDTA, from the artery the released nanobacteria must be kill in the blood stream by either an antibiotic (not ideal) OR CLOVE OIL... My husband and I found a drop or two of clove oil in a glass of water or cup of tea per day works well.


I work as a therapist all day. Yesterday, I had a client that disclosed he had a staph infection (after) shaking my hand. I washed my hands immediately. After returning home, I then mixed clove and lime essential oil in a shower gel, (used Dr. Bronner's unscented liquid soap as a base). My body felt better immediately.


What about scabies? Me my son and fiance have all gotten this. Don't want to go to Dr. If I don't have to


For scabies, mix 80% of coconut oil(or castor oil), 10% of clove oil (depending on how sensitive your skin is, lessen the percentage) and 10% of Tea Tree oil(test it on back of your ear before you use it, for allergy. Adjust the % as suitable). Apply liberally this mixture to your entire body (i did not use it in my hair) daily before going to bed and/or whenever you are home. Continue this for atleast one or 2 weeks. You will see the results. Apart from doing this, change sheets, comforters, clothes, towels every day. Shower twice.


Good suggestion. The mites won't stand a chance because they need the body temp to be high and the skin to be alkaline to continue reproducing. Coconut oil will make the skin acidic (as it's supposed to be) and the clove oil will circulate the blood more evenly lowering the skin surface temperature and depriving them of their ideal environment.


I think the pain relieving effects of cloves is the most wonderful. I also get a teaspoon of cloves in boiling water when I am making my morning tea. Adds great flavor, smell, and health benefits.


I am concerned that this article indicates clove lowers body temperature. I have a low core temp (my basal temp is usually 96.8), and need improved circulation to bring my body back up to normal temperature.


It will likely help with both low and high body temp.


Guys, for a tooth ache soak a cotton wool bud with nutmeg powder, olive oil, and some Himalayan salt and a minute amount of clove oil (I mean tiny). Also use a sliver of garlic. Place garlic on gum, then cotton wool bud with mixture over the garlic. Hold in mouth for 10 mins. Finish with oregano. In 2 days the pain will vanish. No root canal no dentist. Twice a day. If gum burns a little, dilute dose.

Courtney Haray

How much of each ingredient should you use?

Thank you.


I don't normally comment on these kinds of things, but there is an alarming number of people posting here that they ran out and got some clove. I think it's wonderful that so many are researching and learning, as well as starting to use essential oils. However, please be very careful with the brands that you choose. MOST of the oils in the health food stores or online say that they aren't safe to ingest. This is because of the extraction process used. Some use chemicals to take the oils out of the source, resulting in toxic products. Please remember that anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood which circulates through your body delivering the molecules. If you are putting toxic chemicals on your body, you're poisoning yourself. Additionally, when taken internally, those oils are known to cause kidney failure. Please research the brand you buy before taking internally. If you would like, I can help you find safe alternatives. pintobnsjournal at yahoo dot com


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I am so glad you posted this comment here Carol. Even though its a good article, some of the explanations are not clear enough for some folk, and they can be so dangerous. As a teacher in Aromatherapy (many moons ago), I have seen people seriously hurt with both clove and cinnamon oils. Please to all that have read this article, do more research before using on yourself or children. There's also a difference between Clove Bud and Clove Leaf oil and even Clove stem, which I do not ever recommend. And YES, please use organic always, if applying to the skin. The pesticides they are applying to the plant material, goes straight to your blood and accumulates the toxics, causing some serious damages in the future, this includes cancer. So be wise and enjoy the beauty of natural essential oils.


Why not the clove stem? What about crushing cloves & adding olive or grapeseed oil to it?


Can I use on my 5 year old girl's tooth cavity? Please advise ASAP.

Thanks in advance


raw garlic! that is what I use and it works fast


Take your child to a dentist. You can usually find low-cost or no-cost dental care for children.


absolutely not. She is to little. You can cause some serous burns in her gums if the oil os not properly diluted at less than 1%


Don't be so stupid the Catholic Church supports natural cures and everything good.

Don't judge the Catholic Church by some bad charities.
Thanks to the Catholic Church I'm healing very well.

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