Clove has been used as a breath freshener and toothache reliever for centuries. Its ability to stave off disease was known in the ancient world, but why it is effective against illness was not known until bacteria and microbes were discovered. Clove has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties.
We can still experience clove’s benefits today. Here are some of the many uses for this awesome natural remedy.
* Oral health – Using a solution of the diluted oil as a gargle or mouthwash is effective against sores in the mouth and/or bad breath.
* Athlete’s foot – Clove’s pleasant scent and anti-fungal properties make it a good treatment for athlete’s foot.
* Tooth and head pain – When diluted with a carrier oil and applied directly to the painful area of the mouth, this oil numbs pain. Even some commercial preparations intended for oral pain relief contain this oil. Massaged into the temples, clove oil is also said to relieve headaches.
* Antiseptic – Diluted oil makes a soothing antiseptic ointment for cuts and scrapes. Its antimicrobial properties help prevent infection.
* Upper respiratory health – A steamy bowl of hot water with a few drops of the oil can provide a healing, anti-inflammatory steam that you can inhale.
* Digestion – This essential oil helps treat flatulence and indigestion. When it is added to foods it can help offset some of the negative digestive effects of the food.
* Cholera – Several sources suggest that this serious disease can be and has been treated effectively with this useful oil.
How to Use Clove Oil
This oil should always be diluted with a neutral carrier oil such as almond or olive oil if it is to be used topically. It can be diluted in water for gargles, washes, and other treatments. Other suggestions are:
* Clove tea (simmer a teaspoon of cloves in a cup of water)
* Clove lozenges – use this oil to flavor homemade hard candies.
* A few drops of this oil added to a cup of carrier oil can be used for massage and as an antiseptic.
* Insect repellent – cloves stuck into an orange or apple, and then dried makes what calls a pomander. This repels insects when hung into a closet or placed in a clothing drawer.
* Foot powder – make an anti-fungal foot powder by mixing 3 parts cornstarch, 1 part baking soda, and 3-5 drops of this essential oil. Shake well.
We hope that the benefits of clove oil helps you with your ailments!