Amazing Clove Oil – How To Use It

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Clove budsCloves are one of the common spices used in cooking, but did you know they have an amazing array of other uses and health benefits? When I was in Bali in 2013 I stayed in Sideman and remember watching men climb clove trees to pick the tiny buds, and then while riding through local villages on motorbike, the heavy scent of drying cloves was just GORGEOUS!

Here’s a collection of wonderful uses for the simple but powerful clove…

Instant air freshener:

Make an atomiser in a spray bottle mixing clove oil with water. Be sure to shake well before each use as oil and water do not stay mixed. If you want an extra strong boost, simmer some cloves, cinnamon and orange peel on the stove for awhile – the smell will be heavenly!

Got Doggie Destructo?

You can discourage puppy chewing by dabbing the most likely targets (wooden furniture, shoes) with a bit of clove oil. One sniff and one taste and your pup will move on to something else – hopefully his dog food or doggie toys.

Non-toxic Insect Repellent:

Many insect repellent companies use Clove essential oil as one of the active ingredients in their spray products. If you have some clove leaves or oils, you can simply use these instead of spending money on bug spray. You can also put some of the oils on your body so bugs and mosquitoes won’t come near you.

Tooth Ache?

Put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball, place the ball on your sore tooth and bite down. Keep you mouth shut for about five minutes as the oil numbs the pain and kills the bacteria.

Afterward, remove the cotton ball and mix a bit of the clove oil (6 to 8 drops will do it), water, and salt into a cup. Swish this around in your mouth for about a minute and spit out. You should feel a whole lot better!

Note: Undiluted clove oil can cause burning and even nerve damage, so be sure to dilute it if you are applying it to sensitive skin tissue. You can still use it directly on a tooth by applying it to a cotton ball or cotton swab first.

Cloves drying in Bali

Cloves drying in Sideman, Bali

What else?

Here are some of the reported therapeutic uses of cloves and oil of clove:

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal: Effective aid for food poisoning, clove oil effectively kills many forms of bacterial infections, including bacteria that causes underarm odor . Clove is also effective in reducing fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

Anti-inflammatory: Clove oil clears the respiratory passages, acting as an expectorant for treating many upper-respiratory conditions including colds, eye sties, bronchitis, sinus conditions, cough and asthma.

Antiseptic: Clove oil can be used to reduce infections, wounds, insect bites and stings.

Cardiovascular Health: The active essential oil in clove, eugenol, has been shown to act as an effective platelet inhibitor, preventing blood clots.

Energy booster: When used for aromatherapy purposes, clove oil helps to stimulate the brain. The scent makes you more attentive and can even make you feel more energetic than you normally would. Pop a few drops of essential oil in an oil diffuser or on top of candles and let the aroma work its magic!

Add a drop or two of clove essential oil to your candles for some magical uplifting!

Add a drop or two of clove essential oil to your candles for some magical uplifting!

Improve blood circulation: Clove bud oil is one of the ingredients used in Tiger Balm, which is a herbal formulation that dates back to the times of the Chinese emperors. It is used to sooth muscle aches and pains and is though to do so by increasing the blood flow in the affected area.

Indigestion: Clove oil offers a powerful action against gas and bloating. It reduces gas pressure in the stomach, aiding in the proper elimination of food and toxins. It also relieves the discomfort of peptic ulcers. Effective for stomach related conditions including nausea, hiccups, motion sickness and vomiting.

Infections: Due to its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, scabies, etc. It can also be used for treating insect bites and stings.

Powerful germicidal properties: Gargling with clove oil can aids in sore throat conditions and bad breath.

Relieve flatulence: A tea made of cloves can relieve the foof’s. Try steeping 5 cloves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink it when it cools and repeat two of three times daily.

Relieve headaches: Clove oil is useful for reducing the pain and discomfort associated with tension headaches. Apply a cloth soaked in clove oil to the forehead or temples to get help open the blood vessels and rid yourself of the headache.

Note: Undiluted clove oil can cause burning and even nerve damage, so be sure to dilute it if you are applying it to sensitive skin tissue.

Skin: An aid for skin disorders, such as acne.

Stress reliever: Clove oil stimulates the circulatory system, clearing the mind and reducing mental exhaustion and fatigue. It is also used to aid insomnia, memory loss, anxiety and depression.

Prevention from toxic exposure: Some studies show that clove oil can prevent toxicity related to exposure to environmental pollution.

Make Your Own Clove Oil

Take 1/8 cup whole clove and cover with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Let sit overnight or for as long as 24 hours then strain and you are all set.

For more information about cloves and their magic properties, visit The World’s Healthiest Foods

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