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. This oil is used for treating a variety of health issues including skin issues, toothache, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress, and blood impurities. The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Various toothpastes, mouthwashes, and oral care medications contain this oil as an important ingredient.

What is Clove Oil?

Clove oil is extracted from the evergreen tree of clove, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred to as clove bud. It has a shaft and a head and hence, 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 eighth centuries. Even now, clove is used widely in several Indian and Chinese cuisines.

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

Although it is known primarily for dental issues, the benefits are not limited to it. This powerful oil can do wonders for you in multiple ways listed below.

Treats Infections

Due to its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, 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 a diluted form and should be carefully used by people with sensitive skin.

Dental Care

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, toothache, sore gums, and mouth ulcers. It contains 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 this oil also helps eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, every day before going to sleep, a small cotton ball containing drops of clove oil was put at the end of the tooth which had a cavity. The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, this oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including mouthwashes and toothpastes. Dentists also mix it 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 in 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. It can be applied to a baby’s gums in extremely diluted form as the antiseptic and soothing qualities of the oil can ease the pain and reduce the 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. This is because of its rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow to the unhealthy skin and make it look young again.

Boosts Immune System

Both clove and clove oil are useful for boosting the immune system. Their antiviral properties have the ability to purify the blood, increase 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 problems and certain types of cancer.

cloveoilLowers Stress

Clove oil is an 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 for patients suffering from insomnia. It is also useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression, and anxiety.

Eliminates Headache

Clove oil, when mixed with salt and applied on the forehead, gives a cooling effect and helps in getting relief from headaches. It contains many flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory agents. When topically applied to the temples or neck, its anti-inflammatory property will ease the inflammation or tension that often brings 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.

Treats 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 cold, cough, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. Chewing a clove bud is recommended to soothe sore throats.

Treats Sty

Clove and clove oil are very effective home remedies for treating sty. A sty is an inflammation of the eyelash and can be a very irritating and painful condition. It causes difficulty in the functioning of the eye. It has also been shown to be a preventative for other eye infections due to its antibacterial qualities.

Relieves Earaches

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

Treats 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.

Reduces Nausea

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

Increases 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 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 this 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.

Purifies Blood

Clove oil helps in purifying the blood; studies have shown that its 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.

Prevents Premature Ejaculation

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

Treats Cholera

Studies done by many medical practitioners have suggested that clove oil is useful for treating cholera.

Controls 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 it, which is one of the highest in terms of spice plants.

Prevents Cancer

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.

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 to cosmetic creams and lotions, and it is commonly known as a good massage oil that provides relief from pain and stress.

Clove 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 its 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 to a multitude of Indian dishes, pickles, sauces, spice cakes, and many cultural foods.

Soap: Due to its powerful aroma, soothing effect and antiseptic properties, clove oil is often added as an active ingredient in soaps.

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

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

Clove Oil Side Effects

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 (the 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, it has even been connected to kidney and liver failure. This oil can cause blood sugar to drop, so diabetics should be cautious. 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 it to your daily or weekly regimen.

FAQs about Clove oil

How to use clove oil for a toothache?

Grab a cotton ball and dab on a bit of clove oil on it. Then, hold it against the tooth that is hurting. Within a few minutes, the tooth will be numb. The effect of this 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 to 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 this 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 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, it can be a numbing agent, while also relieving pain and inflammation. Clove oil can be used in toothaches to reduce the pain and protect against oral infections. It has a number of antioxidants, which means that consuming small amounts or applying it to the skin can reduce oxidative stress and prevent chronic diseases.

How to buy bulk clove oil?

When you buy clove oil in bulk, you should search online for companies that sell bulk clove oil. Shortlist suppliers from India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia as they have the highest production and best quality clove available. Talk to suppliers and ask for the origin and main constituents of the oil. Also, ask them if their oil is 100% pure and natural. Thereafter, you may order sample quantities from different suppliers and conduct tests like GC-MS analysis on these samples.

What does clove oil do?

Clove oil does many things in the realm of anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Many people know about this because it can clear up acne and other severe skin irritations, and can also help to clear out bacterial infections in the gut. Clove oil is good for hair growth and appearance and is commonly used 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. 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.

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Also you forgot to mentioned in Pemba and Unguja (ZANZIBAR)

How would I use clove oil to help control Type 2 diabetes ? Obviously taken orally but what amount and mixed with what and how often ?

I just bought it yesterday for my husband's toothache, having been recommended by a friend. He had seen the dentist the day before and had a temporary measure for his lost filling, but was in agony and taking paracetamol, by the time I bought it the pain had gone. He has been applying it to prevent a return and whole family will use for it's additional benefits.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hi Eruvwu Obuaya, Glad to know that Clove oil helped your husband. It indeed is good for dental health, however, make sure the oil is used in moderation.
Team Organic Facts

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.

Phytoestrogens do not build up in the system like the body's own estrogens.

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.

There is something I am not understanding: How can an herb such as Clove increase blood circulation and lower body core temperature at the same time? It would seem to me that as circulation is enhanced, body temperature would rise.

I have low core temperature and poor circulation. Most people do not need their temperature lowered, but raised, because of metabolic imbalances from impurities.

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.

I buy essentials pure therapeutic grade oils wholesale

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.

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%

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

Never put essential oils IN the ear.

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

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