Clove oil has some amazing health benefits.
Infections: Clove oil has antiseptic properties, it can be used for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat rash, and certain injuries. It is also used for treating insect bites and stings. It is very strong in nature and should not be used by people with sensitive skin.
Dental care: Clove oil’s use in dental care is unparalleled. The germicidal properties of this oil make it very effective for alleviating dental pain, toothache, sore and puffy gums and mouth ulcers. It contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for years. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was 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 disappear in a few days. Clove oil is added to numerous dental products, like mouthwash and toothpaste and medications. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal. Clove oil is very strong and can cause burns inside your mouth if used incorrectly. Take caution!
Recent studies on clove oil have shown it is being used as a soothing balm on infants who are teething. Extremely diluted clove oil can be applied to a baby’s gums. The antiseptic and soothing qualities of this oil can ease their pain and reduce discomfort.
Skin care: Clove oil is recommended for skin care, especially for those suffering from acne. The oil can be diluted with any carrier oil and spread using a clean soft cloth. Clove oil has been found to help rejuvenate skin health by lessening the effects of aging, wiping out wrinkles, tightening sagging skin, and area rejuvenation for weak and tired, baggy eyes. Massaging the diluted clove oil into the skin can gradually increase blood flow to unhealthy skin areas on the face and make it look young and fresh.
Immune system: Both clove and clove oil help boost the immune system. Its antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increase resistance of the human body to diseases. The antioxidants in clove essential oil rid the body of dangerous free radicals that cause many types of diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Reduce Stress: Clove oil is an aphrodisiac of sorts. It serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and helps remove fatigue and mental exhaustion caused by stress. When ingested in measured amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. It is great at inducing sleep and is helpful for those suffering from insomnia. It is useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression, and anxiety.
Headache: Clove oil, mixed with salt and applied on the forehead gives a cooling effect and provides relief from headaches. Clove oil has many flavonoids in it, which are anti-inflammatory agents. When topically applied to the temples or neck areas, these flavonoids will ease the tension that brings headaches. Clove oil is used as a pain reliever on joints and sore muscles, to relieve painful inflammation or swelling.
Respiratory problems: Clove oil has a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect, and helps clear the nasal passage. It provides treatment for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. Chewing a clove bud is recommended to soothe sore throats.
Sty: Clove and clove oil are very effective home remedies for treating sty. Sty is an inflammation on the eyelash and can be a very irritating and painful condition. Sty is painful and causes difficulty in the proper functioning of the eye. Clove oil has also been shown to be preventative of other eye infections due to its antibacterial qualities.
Earache: Warm clove oil and sesame oil mixture is a good remedy for earaches.
Indigestion: Clove oil has been effectively used for treating stomach-related problems, hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. Clove is an important spice added to Indian dishes to help with ease of digestion.
Nausea: Clove oil helps reduce nausea and vomiting, pregnancy-related morning sickness and discomfort. Using it for aromatherapy or applying it to pillows at night for long-term inhalation can result in peaceful sleep.
Blood circulation: Clove oil increases body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation and reducing body temperature. Better blood circulation means a reduction in tension of the blood vessels, that causes tension headaches. Rich blood circulation helps oxygenate the blood and make for healthier organs, that increases metabolism and raises organ functions. In diabetics, increased blood flow can help prevent some of the dangerous side effects that can lead to major complications, amputations, and even death. Eugenol, the active ingredient in clove essential oil causes better blood circulation.
Blood purification: Clove oil helps purify the blood. The aroma extracts can reduce toxicity in the blood and stimulate antioxidant activity in the body, boosting the immune system and purifying platelets.
Premature ejaculation: Research has indicated that clove can be useful for treating premature ejaculation. Topical application of diluted clove oil on the outside of the male organ 30 minutes prior to sexual activity can help achieve control over ejaculation gradually. Further research needs to be carried out to confirm these results.
Regulate Blood Sugar Levels: Clove oil helps control the blood sugar levels in diabetics. Studies show that postprandial insulin and glucose response mechanisms are more regulated when clove oil is ingested in measured amounts added to tea or drink. The phenol concentration found in clove oil is in the highest in terms of spice plants.