Probably not as popular as other plant oils like Rosemary or Eucalyptus, Clove oil still offers numerous applications and health benefits and is a wondrous thing to have at home. Surely an analgesic, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory substance can come in handy! ‘Syzygium aromaticum‘ or clove is a slender evergreen tree, native to Southeast Asia. The cloves we use everyday are its dried flower buds. The clove essential oil contains high amounts of ‘eugenol‘, the chemical to thank for most of its medicinal properties. It also contains flavonoids and tannins which are strong anti-oxidants, and can even help fight off cancer. Our ancestors knew about the benefits of clove, Granny sure did know her aromatic spices! Ancient Greeks and Romans used it to relieve toothaches and combat bad breath. It has also long been used in Indian ayurvedic and ancient Chinese medicines. Though it has infinite uses and it would take a long time to list them all, here are 25 top benefits of using Clove oil.
25. Relieves Toothache
Starting with the most tried and trusted remedy, clove oil is super effective against those dreadful toothaches. The eugenol present in it is an anaesthetic and numbs the pain instantly. Its anti-bacterial properties help in keeping the affected region bacteria free and healthy. So chew on a couple of cloves or moisten a swab of cotton with a few drops of clove oil and press it against the aching tooth to knock out that annoying pain!
24. Digestive Aid
In a research, clove oil was found to have a potent relaxant effect on the smooth muscle lining of both stomach and intestines. It can be used to deal with digestive problems like gastritis, vomiting and nausea. But extreme care should be taken while ingesting it as excessive eugenol can be harmful and cause stomach inflammation.
23. Strong Analgesic
It is a great pain reliever due to its analgesic properties. It can be diluted by using a carrier oil and then topically applied to the affected and hurting region. It works fairly fast and provides instant relief.
22. Prevents bad Breath
Is your breath driving people away? Fret not, we have an easy cure for you. Put a few drops of clove oil in warm water and then gargle, twice a day. It kills the bacteria and keeps your mouth fresh and non-stinky! It’s also the active ingredient in several mouthwashes, and for good reason.
21. Mental Stimulant
Clove oil has a very strong and distinctive smell, fresh and fruity with sweet and spicy undertones. Research shows that its smell alerts the mind. It may even improve mental clarity and memory, and create a sense of well being! So if you need your grey matter to work for that important upcoming assignment, a whiff of this magical oil and you are good to go.
Quite popular for its antiseptic properties, it is applied topically on wounds and cuts on skin to prevent germ growth in the region. It can also be used to deal with insect bites and nettle stings. However, people with sensitive skin should refrain from using it as it can cause burns.
19. Helps curing Respiratory problems
Be it sore throat, cold, sinusitis or even asthma, clove oil has a healing effect against all such ailments. It has a relaxant effect on the smooth muscles of lungs and can also clear your nasal cavity. It also hastens the recovery process when dealing with tuberculosis.
18. Bacteria Killer
Clove and bacteria just do not get along, and it has been scientifically proven. In test tubes, its oil killed certain bacteria that were even resistant to antibiotics! Studies show that it can kill over 60 different bacterial species. Its strong anti-bacterial properties are sure to keep you safe from infections.
17. Alleviates Stress
Thanks to its stimulating and warming properties, clove oil is a popular choice among aromatherapy practitioners. It is also used for massaging purposes by mixing it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. When massaged on the body, it improves blood circulation and provides a soothing sensation. It also numbs and relieves any residual pain in the body.
16. Helps with Insomnia
Tired of those endless sleepless nights? Well now you have a better and safer option than reaching for your pill bottle! Clove oil lessens mental exhaustion and has a warming effect on the body. It encourages sleep and stimulates vivid dreams. Rubbing a few diluted drops of it on your temple can help knock you out, peacefully!
It actively fights and prevents fungal infections. Chinese physicians have used the herb since time immemorial to treat ‘athlete’s foot‘- a fungal infection. Few drops mixed with a carrier oil can be topically applied on rashes and itchy areas for a lasting relief.
14. Reduces Blood clotting
It possesses blood thinning properties when ingested in the form of a medical concoction. Though extreme care and expert advice must be taken if you are already on blood thinning medication. Studies performed in Taiwan showed that eugenol effectively reduced blood clotting.
It was found in recent animal studies that eugenol inhibited COX-2, a protein that spurs inflammation. Clove oil is extremely beneficial for individuals suffering from arthritis. It not only reduces inflammation in the affected area but also slows down the cartilage and bone damage done by arthritis.
12. Helps combat Diabetes
Clove oil helps control the blood sugar level, making it extremely useful to diabetics. Some compounds in cloves also appear to improve insulin function in some people. Although, it might cause blood glucose to plummet in some cases, so caution must be exercised. Additionally, it also acts as a blood purifier.
11. It’s an Aphrodisiac
Well what do you know, it’s an aphrodisiac too! Cloves have been used for ages to freshen one’s breath, and they are a powerful stimulant. It is widely used in many countries to stimulate libido. Its very rich aromatic fragrance enhances sexual feelings. Men can also use cloves to deal with problems of premature ejaculation.
10. Bug Repellent
It is non-toxic, unlike many other insect repellent these days, and still gets the job done. Many companies use clove oil as an active ingredient in their insect repellent sprays! You can mix a couple drops in your body lotion to get a bug repellent cream. It can also be put in a vaporizer or diffuser.
9. Improves Cardiovascular Health
Clove oil stimulates the circulatory system, improving blood circulation and also resulting in better metabolism. It being an anti-coagulant, makes sure that no clotting takes place within the veins. It has a relaxing effect on the heart muscles and is also known to strengthen the walls of veins.
8. Gets rid of Addictions
It helps in supporting serious changes to do with mouth, addiction of cigarettes, sugar, coffee etc. It helps relieve depression and anxiety that accompanies once you are trying to break such habits. A few diluted drops of clove oil on the tongue helps you resist urges of smoking and drinking coffee. Mixed with a little water and ingested, will allow you to resist your craving for sugar!
7. Fights Acne
The abundance of eugenol in clove oil works miracles on acne affected skin. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties kill the acne causing microbes, and helps to keep those nasty, unwanted break-outs at bay! It should always be applied with a carrier medium, couple of drops in olive oil should do the trick.
6. Anti-helminthic (kills internal parasites)
As it keeps the bugs away from your body externally, it also keeps your body clean internally. It has powerful germicidal properties and can kill harmful microbes and pathogens. It also helps your body to flush out intestinal parasites like ringworm, and also prevents their infestation. A single drop of it in any tea or shake, taken daily is enough to keep your insides safe!
Sometimes we experience internal pain, caused maybe by damaged nerve receptors or nerve inflammation. Clove oil helps to alleviate this pain in the nerves. This is a most important property, as very few compounds are capable of doing this job. Overall, it is pain-relieving, comforting and revitalizing!
4. Remedy for Ear ache
Are you troubled by regular unexplained ear ache? Certain home remedies using clove oil can provide you instant relief from the mind-numbing pain, and maybe fix the problem itself after repeated use. A warm mixture of sesame oil and 3-4 drops of clove oil on being applied to the inside of the affected ear, will provide an immediate soothing effect.
3. Fights off Depression
3 out of every 5 individuals are plagued by some kind of depression. Clove oil comes to the rescue here too. It helps in stimulating the mind and nerves and makes a person feel more fresh and alert. It acts as a subtle mental, emotional and energy tonic, both for the brain and the body, lifting depression and similar problems.
2. Helps Stave off Cancer
Breakthrough research suggests that clove essential oil contains flavonoids and other compounds having cytotoxicity towards certain strains of breast, colon and oesophageal cancers. These compounds promote planned cell death, which is lacking in cancerous cells. Best part is that it causes no harm to the surrounding healthy tissue!
1. Clove Oil is Good for your Skin
Clove oil has a very high rating on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) scale. Simply put, higher the ORAC value, higher the number of free radicals destroyed, younger your skin looks! The strong anti-oxidant compounds help rejuvenate your skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Few drops mixed with a carrier oil should work wonders for you, and will have you flaunting that flawless, youthful-looking skin among your friends!
Despite its numerous magical benefits, clove oil should always be moderately used. Expert advice should be taken if trying out treatments with it. People with sensitive skin should avoid using it, or use it very carefully and in limited amount.