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Clove Essential Oil Benefits, Uses and Side Effects

Clove Oil is also known as Oil of Cloves and is an essential oil extracted from the Clove plant, Syzygium aromaticum. Indonesia and Madagascar are the main producers of Clove Oil. There are three types of Clove Oil. The oil extracted from the flower buds of the Clove. Leaf Oil is taken from the leaves of the plant. The last is Stem Oil which is derived from the twigs of the Clove Plant.

Clove is an evergreen and produces a flower bud. The Clove bud is shaped like a nail, which is how it got the Latin name clavus. Cloves were used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations prior to spreading to other parts of the world, which includes Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Today, Cloves are used in many Chinese and Indian dishes.

Clove Essential Oil Benefits

Being that Clove oil is a natural antiseptic and analgesic, it has many uses in dentistry – mainly thanks to its main ingredient, eugenol. The most common use of Clove is for dental pain relief. It is also often found in the aromatherapy section of health food stores, and is used in the flavoring of some medicines. Dentists use Clove Oil mixed with zinc oxide for the teeth whitening, as a filling material and as a temporary alternative for root canal surgery.

  • Clove Essential Oil is rich in minerals as calcium, hydrochloric acid, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C.
  • Antiseptic– infections such as wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat and skin conditions such as psoriasis
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral– will boost your immune system
  • Aphrodisiac– enhance your sex drive and a great stress releaser
  • Acne-eliminates the effects that acne has
  • Antioxidant– purifies blood to increase resistance of diseases like heart and certain types of cancers
  • Invigorating-soothes and stimulates to combat exhaustion and fatigue
  • Headaches– lessens sensitivity of the nerves to pain
  • Anxiety– when inhaled as in aromatherapy
  • Antidepressant– has a positive impact on the psychology
  • Analgesic-with the use Clove Oil you can effectively reduce pain
  • Anti-Inflammatory– for joints and overworked muscles , also aids painful inflammation and swelling
  • Respiratory– relief from coughs, asthma and other respiratory problems
  • Insecticidal – from ancient time this oil has been used for keeping insects at a distance

Clove Essential Oil Uses

  • Clove Essential Oil can be as cat deterrent, spray just mix it with garlic oil.
  • Mix it with water in a spray bottle and get rid of mold and mildew.
  • For those itching insect bites, put a few drops on a cotton ball and just rub in across the bites.
  • Mix a little of the oil in a glass with your mouthwash and gargle with easing sore throats and irritation.
  • Take the oil on a small cotton ball and put at the on an aching tooth every day before going to sleep. This will relieve your pain and heal the toothache.
  • Is your baby teething, well in extremely diluted form you can apply Clove Oil to a baby’s gums, and the soothing qualities will ease their pain and reduce their discomfort.
  • For acne, just take a clean dry cloth and apply a few drops of it and wipe the affected area gently.
  • Clove Essential Oil can be added to your favorite moisturizing lotion for lessening the effects of aging. Also, lessens wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial rejuvenation for the eyes mainly due to its rejuvenating and stimulating properties.
  • For a restful night’s sleep, use Clove Essential Oil in a diffuser and inhale or for aromatherapy apply the oil to pillows at night for long-term inhalation and positive effect.
  • For headache relief just take Clove Essential Oil and mix with salt and applied on your forehead. You will get a cooling effect and get relief.
  • Clove Essential Oil is a very effective remedy for treating a sty.
  • For painful earaches, just take warm Clove Essential Oil and Sesame Oil on a cotton ball and insert in the affected ear or with the mixture pour a drop in the ear.

Clove Essential Oil Side Effects

Clove essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.

Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.