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Health 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. Clove oil 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. Clove oil 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, clove oil 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 clove oil 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. Clove oil 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.

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.

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.

 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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  1. Richie Sheets says:

    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

  2. bb8health says:

    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.

  3. Rol says:

    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.

  4. carol says:

    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

    • Sandra says:

      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.

  5. Mina says:

    Can I use on my 5 year old girl’s tooth cavity? Please advise ASAP.
    Thanks in advance

  6. chris says:

    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.

  7. Van Yulay says:

    I love essential oils how they help or cure almost anything if you know what you are using. I used to get clove candy canes at Christmas. My mother used to use clove in my ears as a child. Van Yulay

  8. Joseph Langford says:

    I just picked up a 1oz bottle from a local health food store. Cost: $6 bucks.

  9. The only reason American cancer society denies cloves or any other natural substance as beneficial is because Catholic charities are their main donaters and. The Catholic church is against a natural cure I learned this while I volunteered for them. Sad isn't it? Because their are cures th

    • Laura says:

      Not sure if you’re actually catholic or not however, that’s completely untrue. The Catholic Church has no doctrine on natural remedies nor would they discourage it since nature comes from God. You were misinformed.

    • The American Cancer Society, along with most non-profit “gonna-find-a-cure-no-matter-what” societies, would cease to exist if a recognized cure for cancer was found. They’re not going to let that happen. Modern medicine would lose a lot of business if they found a curse, so they’re not going to bother either. The pharmaceutical industry won’t push a natural remedy over a man-made patented drug, so they’re not interested either.

      There is a century and a half (+) long conspiracy against all natural and homeopathic remedies and the doctors who exclusively use and prescribe them. Most modern churches / faiths stand behind allopathic medicine, because that’s what we’ve been trained to do. It’s not just the Catholic church. We are told that non-FDA approved practices are quackery, so most people shake their heads and roll their eyes at the thought of healing one’s self without the aid of a doctor or harmful drugs.

  10. Sylvia Smith says:

    Benefits of Clove oil <3

  11. Holly Morrow says:

    It has been used successfully as a natural treatment of jungle rot and molloscum contagious

  12. Anonymous says:

    How could I help with the "further research" on premature ejaculation?

  13. Clove oil works great for infected teeth and toothaches in fact Ive got an infected wisdom tooth and I'm using clove oil as I type this and its awesome I just took like 3tbs of cooking oil and a few drop (that's all u need) of clove oil and a cotton swap.

    • Drusilla says:

      Haha its gunny as I read ur comment cuz u am literally n the same position I have an infected wisdom tooth I just put a drop of clove oil on a q tip n rubbrd it on the tooth n gum

  14. Jaymi Rogers says:

    So I resently had three wisdom teeth pulled and someone told me to use clove oil… Is it safe to eat or how should I use it…

  15. Stan Bratman says:

    I just bought something from a tiny Ethopian store in my hood. Hand labeled as Ethiopian tea, it appears to be a combination of unground cloves, unground cinnamon, and full unpeeled cardomom pods. The cloves eventually overpower everything else, as I just pour in hot water and let it steep. I can make 2, 3, even four pots from the same blend. The taste is very robust, and sometimes I tame it down with honey, which makes it very pleasing IMO. Anyone know anything about delivery as tea, rather than pills, smoke, etc? I think it's great, but I'm not sure why.

  16. Just got home from craniosacral Dr I feel amazing..used clove oil,& Geranium.

  17. Very helpful infirmation. I've added clove oil to my medicine cabinet.

  18. Amoy Evabless Soo-spontaneous Lewis says:

    clove oil is the bommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  19. Rey Jaso says:

    I use clove oil and it works really well.