Picked by hand the buds are dried until they turn brown and, after grinding them, the powder is used in cooking or converted into an essential oil for various purposes.
Unlike most other spices, cloves can be grown throughout the entire year, which has given native tribes that use it a distinct advantage over other cultures because the health benefits can be enjoyed more readily.
High in manganese (126.4%) and other nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and calcium – which is used to support bone health, promotes circulation and may help menstrual symptoms. Some other benefits of clove essential oil includes:
- Helps to clean the teeth and gums while promoting fresh breath.
- Combine with dôTERRA® Hand and Body Lotion for a warming massage.
- During your nightly routine, add one drop of clove to your toothbrush before applying toothpaste.
- After your six month cleaning at the dentist, apply one drop Clove to teeth and gums.
- Clove essential oil contains powerful antioxidant properties.*
- During the Fall and Winter season, diffuse three drops Clove, two drops Cinnamon, and one drop Wild Orange for an invigorating scent.
- Place two to three drops in a dôTERRA® Veggie Cap and take internally to support cardiovascular health.*
- Use diluted on gums for a soothing effect.
- Naturally repels insects.
The most profound properties of clove oil, however, are related to its widespread application in homeopathic natural medicine. Because it contains an elevated level of eugenol, clove essential oil has proven to be remarkably versatile and has been thoroughly researched as an effective alternative to many modern treatments.
Clove Oil Uses
Although it has been suspected for centuries to promote a healthy inflammatory response, the Journal of Immunotoxicology just recently published the first ever study proving that the eugenol in clove oil is indeed a powerful help for inflammation.
Showing that low doses of eugenol can help promote a healthy inflammatory response and cellular oxidation (which causes aging).
Because of it’s strength, clove oil should be mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil or other gentle oils for most topical applications and only used for short periods of up to two weeks internally.
Clove Oil Benefits
The health benefits of clove oil are vast and include supporting the health of your liver, skin, hair and mouth. But below are the 3 most common ways clove oil is used today.
Clove Oil For Skin and Breakouts
To evaluate the its effectiveness as a cleaning agent researchers from the University of Buenos Aires set out to determine which bacteria are most sensitive to clove’s potency.
As a natural remedy to clear up your skin, take 3 drops clove oil and mix with 2 tsp raw honey. Mix together and wash your face.
Cloves For Yeast Overgrowth
One of the most power applications of clove is to fight high levels of yeast in the body; something that I have studied of at length, and something that continues to plague Americans because of their high-sugar, acidic diets.
Also, in addition to helping yeast overgrowth, clove essential oil is effective at eliminating intestinal parasites and an effective treatment for a short-term parasite cleanse. To do a cleanse, you can take clove oil internally for 2 weeks but I recommend being under the care of a physician or nutritionist when doing this. Also, consume large amounts of probiotic rich foods and eliminate processed sugar and grains for a time.
Clove Oil For Toothaches
The well-known remedy of using clove oil for toothaches was first documented in 1640 in the French “Practice of Physic,” although there is reason to believe that the Chinese were applying this homeopathic for over 2,000 years.
Today, clove is widely accepted as a reliable solution for dry socket and for relieving the discomfort associated with various dental disorders.
The Journal of Dentistry, for instance, published a study in 2006 proving that clove essential oil had the same numbing effect as benzocaine, a topical agent commonly used before needle insertion. For this reason, you can use clove oil for teething with infants by mixing it with coconut oil and rubbing it on the gums.
Additionally, research has suggested that clove oil has even more far-reaching effects. The Indian Department of Public Health Dentistry recently conducted a study that evaluated clove’s ability to slow tooth decalcification (“dental erosion”) compared to eugenol, eugenyl-acetate, fluoride and a control group.
Not only did clove oil lead the pack by “significantly” decreasing decalcification, it was observed that it actually remineralized teeth. This study highlights, yet again, that the so-called benefits of fluoridating our water supply and mainstream dental products is not worth the risk.
Why take the risk of using a fluoride product, when clove can accomplish the same goal?
Cloves Antioxidant Value
Second only to raw sumac bran, ground clove has the astounding ORAC value of 290,283 units!
That value means per gram cloves contain 30x more anti-oxidants than blueberries which have a value of 9,621.
In a nutshell, antioxidants are molecules that reverse the damage that free radicals cause including cell death. Research has shown that antioxidants slow aging, degeneration and help protect the body.
Because of it’s high antioxidant count and eugenol levels, clove is also known as the ultimate “protective” herb and has been used in essential oil blends such as “Protective Blend.”
History tells us that clove oil was one of the main essential oils that protected people from getting the Bubonic Plague in Europe. A group of robbers were caught by the the king and he asked them why they weren’t ill or dead from the plague exposure they said it was because they covered themselves with this protective blend of oils which included clove.
So adding some cloves or clove oil to your health regime could be good to naturally boost your antioxidant levels. For long-term use cinnamon is another great herb that can be added into your everyday diet to increase your antioxidant intake.
If you want to harness the benefits of clove oil, consider diffusing it in your home to clean the air, put it on gums around an aching tooth, put it in homemade personal care products like deodorant, cleaner and toothpaste, or if you are exposed to people who are sick, mix it with coconut oil and rub it on your neck and chest for natural protection.
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