Clove is found in a type of evergreen tree, producing a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. A clove bud has a shaft and a head, so its Latin name, clavus, means nail. In some ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations clove oil was extensively used in the 6th and 7th centuries. From there it spread to other civilizations, including Europe
Headache -Mix this oil with salt and apply on the forehead. This application gives a cooling effect in relieving headaches. Clove oil has anti-inflammatory agents. When applied to the temples or neck, that quality cools the inflammation or tension that brings on headaches.
Indigestion Nausea –Traditionally this oil has been effectively used for stomach problems such as hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence and nausea. That is probably why it is an important spice used in many spicy Indian dishes. This is because of the potent effects of eugenol, one of the main properties of clove essential oil. Because of its effectiveness with nausea it is often used for morning sickness in pregnant women. In this case diffusing the oil or applying it to a pillow case for night time continuous inhalation helps with those pregnancy problems.
Insect Repellent – Used as a component in bug repellent and insect-repelling candles, its vapor is very potent to many insects. A few drops of clove oil placed on the sheets at night keep bugs away.
Tooth Ache – The most common use of clove oil is in dental care. Because of the germicidal properties, it relieves dental pain, tooth ache, and some sore gum and mouth ulcers. It contains the compound eugenol, used often in dentistry. Clove is helpful when used against cavities. In India, clove oil has been added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would vanish in a few days. Because of that tradition in India, clove oil is added to many dental products and medications, including mouthwash and tooth paste. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide for a temporary alternative filling in a root canal. However clove oil is very strong so use with caution as it can cause burns inside your mouth..
Infection – Because it has antiseptic properties, clove oil is helps treat wounds, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, scabies, and other types of injuries. It also helps treat insect bites and stings. This essential oil should always be diluted with vegetable or sesame oil. People with unusually sensitive skin should probably avoid heavy use of this oil.
Acne – Clove oil is often recommended for acne patients. For best results the oil is should be used in liquid form and spread on a clean, dry rag. Because of its rejuvenating and stimulating properties, increase in blood flow to unhealthy skin allowing it to heal.
Stress – Clove oil is an excellent stress reliever because of its aphrodisiac nature. It stimulates the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. When ingested in appropriate amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. Clove oil can promote sleep and is helpful to patients suffering from insomnia.
Cold/Cough/ Sore Throat – As a coolant, anti inflammatory and expectorant , clove oil is not only used to clear the nasal passage,. but is a useful treatment for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis. This treatment is usually done through diffusing the oil. Chewing a clove bud is sometimes used to soothe sore throats.
Diabetes – Clove oil helps control the level of blood sugar, making it very useful to patients suffering from diabetes. The postprandial insulin and glucose response mechanisms are better balanced when clove oil is acting on the body’s systems.