Top 10 Clove Essential Oil Uses

Clove Essential Oil Uses

Most people are familiar with clove as it’s a popular spice that often makes its way into Indian cuisine, but few understand where it actually comes from. A clove tree can reach twenty to thirty feet tall and is found in many tropical areas, most notably Madagascar. The spice that most are familiar with are made from the tree’s flower buds before they open and they are dried, giving them their familiar brownish color (the flowers themselves actually develop into a pink color). Essential oils can be extracted from the bud once dried or from the tree’s stems or leaves. Most clove essential oil uses are attributed to oils derived from the bud rather than the leaves and stems, because it’s thought to be the most potent.

Throughout history, essential oil uses related to that extracted from clove buds are largely related to the pain relieving and antiseptic properties associated with it. From these two benefits, ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine incorporated the oil into a wide range of medicinal applications.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how it’s looked at) clove oil is incredibly strong. As a result, clove essential oil uses are rather limited. Neat topical application may not be appropriate in all people, because severe skin reactions may result. Dilution with appropriate carrier oil like jojoba can decrease the risk of photosensitivity, burns, dermatitis and more. Internal use of the oil carries an entirely unique set of risks like nausea and shortness of breath, and those on certain medications should be especially cautious, as clove oil can reduce platelet activity, damage the liver or kidneys and severe drops in blood glucose. Anyone considering taking advantage of clove essential oil uses via ingestion should not do so without speaking to a doctor first, and a skin test should be performed before applying clove oil, diluted or otherwise, to the skin.

Responsible and safe use with proper advice and research can help ensure enjoyable use of clove oil, and sourcing quality, therapeutic grade oils is also important. Keeping all of this in mind is imperative to taking advantage of some of the oldest and best known clove essential oil uses, ten of which follow.

1. Dental Pain: It’s the incredible amount of eugenol present in clove oil that makes it an age old remedy for on the spot relief from toothache pain. While it should not prolong a trip to the dentist, a single drop on a cotton ball applied to the affected area may provide almost immediate, temporary relief.

2. Mental Exhaustion: Clove oil is thought to have stimulating properties that make it a popular choice in aromatherapy for those who enjoy the scent (which, not everyone does). Along with relieving mental exhaustion, inhaling the aroma of the oil is also thought to help stimulate circulation and metabolism as well.

3. Digestion Problems: When used as a spice in cooking, clove is generally hailed as a natural digestive aid, and some believe these same benefits may exist in the oil as well and that symptoms like nausea may be quelled with its use. These clove essential oil uses are thought to be attributed to the ability of clove to relax digestive muscles.

4. Insect Repellent: Many citrus oils like lemon and orange are associated with keeping the bugs away, but repelling creepy crawlies may also be in clove’s repertoire, and it’s commonly combined with citrus selections for this purpose.

5. Fungal Infections: Nobody likes to think about fungal infections, especially when they’re visible apparent in the nail beds of the hands and feet. Boasting natural antifungal properties, clove essential oil uses may include eradicating hand and foot fungus when safely applied topically with a carrier oil.

6. Acne: Antibiotic properties that exist in clove oil are likely why it’s generally regarded as a natural remedy for acne, although using it safely for this purpose is imperative. Diluted topical application is preferred, although some do apply the oil neat on affected areas of acne, although this should only be done for short periods of time to minimize damage to the skin.

7. Home Disinfection: Household cleaners can be toxic and hazardous and are certainly not pleasant to breathe in. Diffusing clove oil into the air is believed by some to provide whole-home disinfections. Considering the oil’s antibiotic properties, this isn’t a stretch and it can provide other healing benefits as a byproduct of inhalation, unlike harsh chemical laden household cleaners.

8. Muscle and Joint Pain: Many clove essential oil uses rely on its natural pain relieving properties, and when diluted appropriately, massaging the resulting mixture externally into the areas surrounding painful joints and muscles may provide some temporary relief.

9. Mouthwash: Clove is well known for its role in dental pain, however it’s perhaps less well known for general oral health. A 1% dilution of clove oil mixed with a carrier oil makes a pleasant mouth rinse that may not only kill germs, but eliminate bad breath as well.

10. Wounds, Cuts, Bites and Stings: Minor skin injuries are incredibly common, and there are numerous clove essential oil uses that can come into play when they occur. Not only may the oil reduce pain if present, its antiseptic properties may help prevent infection as well. Diluted oil is appropriate for this application.

Clove oil’s strength and usage restrictions unfortunately limit its appearance in popular essential oil blends. However, since its benefits are difficult to ignore, it can be found in some detoxification and protective blends and is also a regular in many oil pulling combinations.