Botanical name: Eugenia caryophyllata
Plant part: bud
Extraction method: steam distillation
Clove oil has been proven to relieve tooth ache, treat injuries and improve problem skin. For centuries, it has been used as a powerful aphrodisiac as well as aiding in curing digestive disorders, eye infections, and respiratory problems. It is such a powerful oil that it should be used in diluted in a 1:4 ratio solution with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or grapeseed oil, which can then be massaged into skin, dabbed onto swollen gums or used as an ingredient in an exotic meal.
Clove oil has become so popular for its medicinal purposes that it is currently added to soaps, perfumes, and skin care products. It also serves as an effective insect repellent, as well as deterring cats and unwelcome visitors.
Here are 10 reasons to include clove essential oil in your lifestyle:
1. Clears Acne
A study was conducted at the University of Buenos Aires to observe the effect that clove oil on Staph aureus, a type of bacteria that is known to cause acne.
The powerful anti-microbial properties of clove oil proved to be effective in eliminating the bacteria, which reduced the severity of acne significantly.
Add a few drops of clove oil to honey to make a natural and powerful face wash that will treat your acne. Alternatively, dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and dab it on the affected areas.
2. Tooth Ache
Clove oil has been used in Asia for over 2000 years as a homeopathic aid for tooth ache.
In 2006 the Journal of Dentistry published a report that confirmed clove oil’s powerful numbing effect on gums, which proved to be as effective as the topical application of benzocaine, a common substance in dental practice.
To relieve tooth ache and support the healing of an abscess, add a few drops of clove oil to coconut or a carrier oil and apply it to the affected area.
A diet high in acidity and sugar can destroy the balance of the digestive and reproductive system, causing a fungal infection known as candida. It is commonly known as a yeast infection or thrush and can be a challenge to correct.
A study was conducted to ascertain how effective clove oil was in treating fungal infections and the results were published in the journal of Oral Microbiology and Immunology. Researchers had proven that clove oil was as effective as commercial drugs in treating candida due to its powerful antifungal effects.
To begin your healing, add clove oil to olive or coconut oil and use it for cooking or drizzled over vegetables.
Clove oil has proven to be higher in antioxidants than blueberries and has been certified as the second most powerful antioxidant in the world. It contains thirty times more antioxidants per gram than blueberries, which makes it one of nature’s most powerful anti-aging ingredients.
Antioxidants prevent free radical damage that causes our cells to deteriorate, which helps to reduce both the visible and internal signs of aging.
Make a room spray, add it to cream or massage it into your skin with a carrier oil.
5. Intestinal Parasites
The antifungal and antibacterial properties of clove oil have been proven to serve as an effective treatment against intestinal parasites. The parasites originate from improperly cooked meat, drinking water and can be absorbed through the skin, where they then lodge in the intestinal tract and cause gastrointestinal disorders.
Research has shown that adding just one drop of clove oil to your diet per day can effectively destroy and eliminate intestinal parasites over a two-week period.
6. Improves Circulation
An ingredient in clove oil known as eugenol has been proven to effectively improve blood circulation, which helps to keep the body oxygenated and inflammation free.
‘Tiger Balm’, a commonly known ancient Chinese balm uses clove oil as one of its ingredients to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension and relieve headaches. Apply diluted clove oil to the temples or on wrists and legs to boost circulation and dissolve headaches.
Folklore has suggested that clove oil acts as a powerful aphrodisiac, which is likely due to its powerful aroma and the effect that it has on blood circulation. Improved blood circulation will support sexual performance and drive, as well as dissolving any muscle tension.
Clove oil has also been shown to elevate your mood and improve mental clarity, helping to stimulate nerves for pleasure and feelings of euphoria. Add 1 drop of clove oil to 1 table spoon of olive or sweet almond oil and rub on neck or arms. Mix and rub on your arms or neck.
8. Heals Infections
Studies have shown that clove oil is a powerful antiseptic and can heal cuts, wounds and bruises more efficiently and with less pain.
The eugenol acts as a pain killer while destroying harmful bacteria, which serves both as a numbing and healing substance. Apply a few drops of clove oil diluted with a carrier oil directly to the affected area twice daily for the best results.
The powerful dose of antioxidants that clove oil helps to the purify blood, which improves circulation and the quality of blood cells.
A study was conducted in Scotland to see whether clove oil had any impact on regulating blood glucose and insulin response in order to prevent diabetes, and the results pointed towards the powerful compound in clove oil known as eugenol.
Eugenol was shown to effectively improve blood glucose balance as well as reduce the risk of insulin resistance. By adding a few drops of clove oil to your day you may be likely to prevent diabetes or to aid in managing its symptoms more effectively.
10. Eye Infections
Being a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial substance has made clove oil an effective treatment against eye infections, such as suffering from a sty. An eye sty causes painful inflammation on the lash line, which can be combatted by using a few drops of diluted clove oil on an earbud and smearing it over the affected area.
For over 2000 years Indian and Asian cultures have relied on the buds of the evergreen clove tree, both for its powerful flavor and for its incredible health benefits. Whole cloves are still commonly used in multiple cuisines today, but it’s the clove essential oil that has homeopaths, medical practitioners and the health community abuzz.
Clove oil has been proven to relieve tooth ache, treat injuries and improve problem skin. For centuries, it has been used as a powerful aphrodisiac as well as aiding in curing digestive disorders, eye infections, and respiratory problems.
It is recommended to purchase a gentle carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or sweet almond oil to dilute the clove oil, as there is a risk of irritating skin tissue if applied without it.
Add a few drops of clove oil to pillow cases, night creams or conventional cosmetics to give it a boost in medicinal use. You can also use diluted clove oil in the kitchen for dressings and sauces, or can add a drop to smoothies or tea.
It is recommended to try a small amount first to observe your body’s reaction to it as some people can be allergic.
source : www.healthyhubb.com
Science: Clove oil alleviates toothaches, improves dental health
by: Jonathan Benson.
But nothing could be further from the truth, as a 2006 study published in the Journal of Dentistry found that clove oil works the same as benzocaine for relieving toothaches and chronic tooth pain. After comparing its effects against both benzocaine and a placebo on 73 adult volunteers, researchers found that clove oil effectively numbs oral tissue without causing side effects.
"No significant difference was observed between clove and benzocaine regarding pain scores," wrote the authors of this study.
Clove oil also rich in vitamins, nutrients.
"Traditional Chinese physicians have long used the herb to treat indigestion, diarrhea, hernia, and ringworm, as well as athlete's foot and other fungal infections and as a stimulant for the nerves," explains Bee Wilder for HealingNaturallyByBee.com. "India's traditional Ayurvedic healers have used clove since ancient times to treat respiratory and digestive ailments."
Clove oil also blends well with the oils of other herbs and foods like cinnamon, nutmeg and orange, which can be used to treat other conditions like cold and flu, whooping cough, depression and even antioxidant deficiency.
Strength of aroma: medium to strong
History: The word clove comes from the Latin word ‘clavus’, meaning nail, since the shaft and head of a clove resemble a nail. Cloves and nutmeg were among the most precious of items in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries and were worth more than their weight in gold.
Cautions: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy. Always apply a skin test.
General safety information:
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
When using oils with oils with children use extreme caution. Administer children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
To be on the safest side , please consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
Remember to apply a skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.