Clove is at the top of antioxidant food list with an *ORAC value of 290,283 units; but then, clove is not exactly a food. It is a spice, to be used in small amounts to flavor food. But it does more than just make food palatable; it relieves gastrointestinal problems and aids digestion. Its anaesthetic action makes it a favorite herbal remedy for all types of aches and pains. (*ORAC unit (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), ORAC value, or ORAC score is a method developed by scientists at the National Institute of Health and Aging (NIH) to measures the antioxidant capacity of different foods.)
Country of origin: Madagascar
11 Uses of Organic Clove Essential Oil
1. Reduce toothache
Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of clove oil and shake well. Add one drop of diluted clove oil onto a small cotton ball to relieve tooth or gum pain. Press the cotton ball onto the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Add two drops of clove bud oil to a cup of warm water and use this as a gargle.
2. Soothing abdomen discomfort
Mix two drops with a carrier oil and massage onto your abdomen to assist in relieving digestive discomfort. You may also add three to five drops in lukewarm bath water to help address bowel issues.
3. Loosen phlegm
Use two drops of clove bud oil in steam inhalation to aid in relieving mucous and loosen phlegm. You may also add two drops to your decongesting ointment or gel and rub onto your chest, back and throat.
4. Natural painkiller
Mix 30 drops of clove oil with 20 ml of carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil) to experience the oil’s painkilling action.
5. For nausea and vomiting
Rubbing a drop of clove oil on pillows or diffuse few drops in a diffuser with few drops of peppermint oil can be an effective way to relieve nausea and vomiting.
6. For fungal infections
Fungal infections can be successfully treated with clove oil, be it on the skin or in the mouth. Mix 10 drops of clove oil with 2 tbsp coconut oil. It can be used topically for fungal infections anywhere in the skin, although it may sting a bit.
7. Combats fatigue
Use clove oil in a diffuser, or apply a drop or two diluted with a teaspoon of carrier oil on reflex points. Add a few drops into the bathwater to relieve muscle fatigue after an exhausting day.
8. Increases men’s sexual performance
Topical application of clove oil sufficiently diluted with carrier oil to the glans reportedly improves sexual performance and prevents premature ejaculation. While clove oil increases blood circulation to the genital area, its mild anesthetic effect could be prolonging the erection.
9. Relieves headache
Mix a few drops of clove oil in coconut oil to get a soothing oil. Sniffing a cotton ball containing 1-2 drops of the essential oil or using the oil in a diffuser may provide the same effect.
10. Relieves earache
Clove oil is essential in any household with young children who might suddenly develop piercing pain in the ear associated with cold and nasal congestion.
Mix 2 drops of clove oil in 1 teaspoon sesame oil warmed to body temperature. Use a dropper to administer 1-2 drops of the mixture in each ear.
11. Relieves respiratory problem
Steam inhalation with 2-3 drops each of clove oil and eucalyptus oil added to the water will quickly open up the airways and help you breathe easy. To make a chest rub, mix 5 drops each of clove and eucalyptus oil and 10 drops of lemon with 8 oz. of coconut oil.
WARNING: Taking clove oil orally in its undiluted form can result in nausea, vomiting, sore throat, seizure and even blood problems. It may lead to shortness of breath, even rashes and itching.
This information is presented for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness.
Caution: If pregnant, suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication, consult a health care practitioner before use.
- Avoid eyes and mucus membranes
- Dilute properly
- May irritate skin
- Not for internal use
- Keep out of reach of children
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