Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred to as clove bud or clove leaf. Clove has a shaft and a head and hence it has the Latin name clavus, meaning nail. Clove was extensively used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations, it’s use spreading to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the seventh and eighth centuries.
During the time of of ancient Greeks and Romans, the oil of this plant was used to relieve toothaches and to combat bad breath. Its presence was also found in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine with the same purpose.
Today this oil is well known for its oral health benefits. This essential oil, which has been approved as a dental anesthetic and, as a mouthwash and gargle, may help relieve toothaches, as well as fight mouth and throat infections.
The oil produced from the leaves and stems have a much stronger chemical composition than that derived from the buds, and therefore should be used with caution.
Clove Leaf essential oil is favored for:
- Toothache – Clove is well known for its ability to ease toothaches by numbing the nerve and causing loss of sensation.
- Digestion – Clove is used to tone the digestive system, relieve cramps and spasms of the intestines, ease vomiting, nausea and rid gas from the intestinal tract. It is excellent for sweetening bad breath due to fermentation in the stomach.
- Insect Repellent – This oil has insect repellent properties.
- Immune System – Clove oil has very strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and is used to treat many types of bacterial, fungal and viral infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis, respiratory, urinary tract and ear infections to name a few. Clove is a powerful antioxidant and is praised for its ability to purify the blood and rid the body of free-radicals and toxins. Excellent for immune support.
- Antiseptic – This oil may be useful in treating a variety of minor wounds such as cuts and abrasions.
- Headache and Migraine – When applied topically to the neck and temples, Clove works to ease the inflammation and or tension that often brings about headaches and migraines.
- Massage Oil – May be used to mitigate pain and/or stress.
- Pain – Clove contains an abundance of flavonoids which are anti inflammatory agents, and can be used to bring pain relief to sore or inflamed joints and muscles.
- Ear ache – Excellent for ear aches! Add a 3 drops of Clove oil and 3 drops of Lavender oil to a cotton ball, place the cotton ball in the ear (DO NOT PUSH DOWN INTO THE EAR CANAL AND DO NOT PUT ANY OIL DIRECTLY INTO THE EAR CANAL) and allow the vapors to reach the infection and or area of pain.