100% Pure & Natural eugenia caryophyllata Aromatherapeutic GC/IR Verified - 1 fl. oz.
Known for their hot, spicy, pungent flavor, cloves are a favorite seasoning spice for meats, baked goods, and beverages. Clove essential oil is a valued aromatic, and used traditionally as a remedy for skin conditions, to calm digestive upset, and to relieve nausea.
The name “clove” is derived from the Latin “clavus”, which means “nail”, aptly describing the round head and short stem of the clove bud. The clove has been used traditionally for thousands of years for its numerous aroma-therapeutic, medicinal, culinary and decorative uses.
One of the most incredible and prized qualities of clove oil is the level of antioxidants it carries. On the ORAC* rating scale, clove oil takes the lead with a score of over 10 million! Blueberries, one of the highest-rated ORAC foods, have a score of 2400, and that’s not small…yet one drop of clove oil provides more than 400 times that amount.
*ORAC = Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. The higher the ORAC score is, the more capable the particular food, spice or herb is of destroying free radicals (antioxidants).
Clove oil is largely composed of eugenol, a naturally occurring chemical in cloves that is the source of its antifungal, anesthetic, antibacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and local anesthetic properties. Thanks to its generous spread of attributes, clove oil is a great first-aid source with a variety of uses.
As a powerful antiseptic, clove oil was once breathed through leather beaks by European doctors to help keep the plague away! Diffusing clove oil into the air helps to minimize airborne germs, and what is breathed in likewise works in the body. The spicy aroma has also been found to reduce drowsiness, depression, irritability, and headaches, assist memory recall, and increase circulation. For a cheering winter blend, try mixing clove, cassia, and orange oil in a diffuser or add drops to water in a spray bottle. Diffuser World is where we buy our diffusers. Out of their excellent selection, our favorite is the Aroma-Pro Essential Oil Diffuser.
Clove oil works as well as Oregano oil when used for fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot, nail and skin fungus, ringworm, and Candida. It is frequently used undiluted on small areas with fungus or diluted in a carrier oil to spread over larger or more sensitive areas. It should never be used undiluted on broken skin. Parasites and worms also bow out to the power of clove oil, internally.
Dentists have made use of clove oil as an oral anesthetic and to disinfect root canals. Clove oil can be used to temporarily stop tooth pain by putting 1-2 drops on a cotton swab, then putting it on the tooth and surrounding gum (this is temporary – any tooth pain should be checked out by your dentist). Because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, clove oil also makes a great addition to a homemade mouthwash. Apart from keeping the mouth clean, a drop of clove oil placed on the roof of the mouth will also help to relieve a headache.
As a digestive aid, clove oil is known to relax the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract, relieve diarrhea, gas, bloating, intestinal spasms and nausea, and a few drops of the oil in water will often stop vomiting. It is also effective in impeding food-borne pathogens.
Like cassia oil, clove oil also works to warm the hands and feet by stimulating circulation in the body. A liniment with clove oil can be used to ease muscle and arthritic pain. And in sick seasons, it is miracle worker, fighting germs, viruses and bacteria, and promoting the loosening of phlegm from the respiratory system. Clove oil helps to bring on sweating with fevers, colds, and flu, allowing the body to effectively do its job of fighting illness. Clove oil applied directly to warts (daily) will work away at them until they’re gone. This can take up to a month, so don’t give up!
And last, but not least, try putting cotton balls dipped in clove oil into your pantry, cupboards or linen closet to act as a bug repellent. You’ll get a pleasantly pungent aroma to boot! Add a citrus oil to change up the scent and increase the repelling power.