Cloves were important in the earliest spice trades, probably because of their importance in flavoring foods. Known for their hot, spicy, pungent flavor, cloves are a favorite seasoning spice for meats, baked goods, and beverages. Besides its beloved place in the kitchen, clove essential oil is a valued aromatic, and used traditionally as a remedy for skin conditions, to calm digestive upset, and to relieve nausea. However, it’s best known for its use as both a breath freshener and toothache reliever. Cloves remain an important spice commodity, and today are used in everything from perfume to mulled wines and from love potions to pomades.
Airborne bacteria, arthritis, asthma, bad breath, bronchitis, burns and cuts, chest infections, colds and chills, diarrhea, exhaustion, flu, muscle pain or spasms, nausea, toothache, rheumatism, stress, tired limbs and warts.
Essential Oil Applications:
To fight against airborne bacteria, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
For arthritis, muscle spasms, and rheumatism, add 1 drop to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected areas.
For asthma, bronchitis, chest infections, and other respiratory problems, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation. Can also use a few drops in a diffuser.
For burns, cuts, and warts, mix 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and dab on affected area.
For colds, chills, and flu, add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on chest.
To help with diarrhea, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on lower back and abdomen.
To help alleviate exhaustion, stress, and to strengthen mental function, add 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.
As a mouthwash to help knock out bad breath, dilute in water or clear alcohol (1% clove oil). Swish in mouth, spit out, and rinse with water.
For toothache, put 2-3 drops on a cotton swab and place directly on tooth. Can also add 1 drop to 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage into jaw line.
Mixes Well With:
Avoid during pregnancy. Can irritate skin, so make sure to always dilute clove essential oil with a carrier oil, cream, or lotion. Can irritate mucous membranes, so when using a vaporizer or in a diffuser be sure to limit exposure. Do not use on a tooth that is currently being worked on by a dentist for root canal. Do not use in baths.
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