Clove essential oil, steam distilled from the buds of the clove plant, is a popular essential oil that has a history of use by Greek and Roman civilizations, as well as traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
This oil has a powerful warm and spicy scent with anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anesthetic properties. It is most popular for its ability to soothe toothache and improve bad breath and oral health. The chemical compound eugenol is the active ingredient in clove oil that may be responsible for its ability to treat infections and reduce pain.
Clove oil is also an effective decongestant and may relieve allergies, sinusitis, colds, coughs and flu.
Directions for use
Clove oil is strong and may burn the skin if you used in a concentrated form, so always dilute it with a carrier oil before external use. Use 2-3 drops of diluted oil to treat fungal skin infections or rub it onto your chest to open up the airways.
To treat dental infections and tooth ache, use 2 drops of diluted clove oil onto a cotton ball and press it against the area for 10 minutes.You can also add 3 drops of clove oil to a cup of warm water and use this as a gargle for sore throats, pain, infections and bad breath.
Add 2-3 drops to an oil diffuser and inhale the aroma to clear congestion and loosen phlegm.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.