8 Great Ways to Use Clove Essential Oil
1. As an Anti-bacterial – Clove is powerful against many strains of bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, Helicobacter pylori (the one associated with stomach ulcers), Staphylococcus Aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and many others. If you choose a high quality food grade oil you can take it internally in an empty gel capsule (see caution #3 below). Clove oil can also be applied topically.
2. As an Anti-fungal – Clove oil is a potent anti-fungal, especially against Candida albicans. As with item 1, above, you can take quality food grade clove oil internally by placing a few drops in an empty gel capsule (see caution #3 below).
3. Helps Toothache & Abscesses – Apply clove oil to a cotton swab and hold it onto the affected tooth or gums. Clove oil has great pain relieving properties and has been used by the dental industry for decades. Oil of cloves is often included in dental rinses and mouthwashes.
4. For Cold Sores – Clove is quite effective against herpes simplex, the virus that causes cold sores. Put a drop or two on a cold sore to decrease pain and duration. You can also put a few drops into an empty capsule and take it internally to rid yourself of viral infections.
5. Flatulence, Indigestion, and Diarrhea – Dilute clove oil in a base oil such as almond, coconut, or olive oil and massage over the abdomen. It has a warming and antiseptic action which makes it especially soothing for these maladies.
6. Arthritis Pain – Clove’s pain relieving properties make it beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis. As in step 5, dilute it and rub it into the affected painful area.
7. Head Lice – Using 1 tablespoon of your favorite natural hair conditioner, mix in several drops of clove essential oil. Wash your hair, then massage in the clove-enhanced conditioner. Don’t rinse yet, instead comb it through carefully with a head lice comb, removing any lice you see (they will be dead), then rinse the conditioner out. Reapply daily until the infestation is gone. This treatment is nice and natural, with no nasty chemicals.
8. Natural Insect Repellent – Clove is an excellent insect repellent, especially when combined with cedarwood, cinnamon, and lemon in a carrier oil and applied to the skin. It also relieves the sting and itch of various types of insect bites.
3 Important Cautions When Using Oil of Cloves
1. Clove oil has natural anti-coagulant properties which can be enhanced when combined with drugs like Warfarin and aspirin. Be very cautious if you are on these blood thinners.
2. Clove oil may irritate the skin. Don’t apply it to your face, it will sting. If preferred, dilute clove oil before using topically, although it is not terribly hot or unpleasant if you do not.
3. Because of its strength, clove oil can be potentially dangerous when ingested in high amounts. Use it in moderation and work with a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare practitioner. Make sure your clove essential oil also comes from a reputable source and is a high grade organic oil.
- Cloves (the spice) have been used for centuries for numbing pain, repelling internal parasites, arthritis and rheumatism, and for treating throat, sinus, and lung infections. Clove is a natural anti-coagulant, with anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-tumoral, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Oil of cloves (aka clove essential oil or clove oil) has been found to have cytotoxic (cancer cell killing) properties against a line of breast cancer cells known as MCF-7. These cells are invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) with both estrogen and progesterone receptors (ER+/PR+).
- Clove essential oil is not only useful for breast cancer. There are plenty of studies showing its benefits for liver cirrhosis, for colon cancer, and esophageal cancer.
- In addition to its anti-cancer benefits, here are 8 ways to use clove essential oil:
- As an Anti-bacterial
- As an Anti-fungal
- Helps Toothache & Abscesses
- For Cold Sores
- Flatulence, Indigestion, and Diarrhea
- Arthritis Pain
- Head Lice
- Natural Insect Repellent
- 3 Points of Caution When Using Oil of Cloves:
- Be extra cautious if you are using blood thinners as clove oil can also thin the blood.
- Clove oil may irritate the skin, so be especially careful if applying to your face.
- Use in moderation. Clove essential oil is potent and can be potentially dangerous when ingested in high amounts. Consult with a qualified specialist.