Clove Oil (Syzygium aromaticum)
| Clove essential oil has a sweet, strong, spicy fragrance that many recognize from mulled wine and spice cake. It originally came from the Spice Islands of Madagascar and has its origins in the myrtle family (myrtaceae).The scent of clove oil is stimulating, revitalizing and flavorful, which is why it adds such a delicious spicy flavor to so many foods and desserts. |
Clove is is a very potent essential oil that is quite "hot," meaning it can burn if used undiluted. That is why it needs to be used with great care in aromatherapy. Clove is not an essential oil to slather on yourself – a few drops will do. Be sure to please dilute, or cover with massage or vegetable oil.
Clove's Powerful Immune-Enhancing Properties
But don't let clove's "heat" deter you from using it – its powerful immune-enhancing properties are wonderfully beneficial and should not be passed up. Clove essential oil is highly antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, bactericidal, antioxidant, hemostatic (blood thinning) and anti-inflammatory. Just applying a couple of drops to the soles of your feet every day strengthens the immune system and provides loads of antioxidants.
Clove Oil Is Great For Natural Dental Health
Clove oil's principal constituent is eugenol, which is used in the dental industry to numb the gums (albeit, usually in synthetic form – the natural form or eugenol as found in high-quality clove oil is far superior).
"Being allergic to all dental anesthesia, I have used the natural eugenol in clove oil to numb my gums and teeth during dental work. I won't say the effect is the same as numbing it with novocaine, but it helps a great deal and makes the work tolerable. It also helps speed tooth healing after the work is finished."
Reports have been made that some indivuduals saved more than one tooth from abscessing by putting clove or Thieves (a blend that includes clove oil) on a small piece of cotton or folded tissue with a drop or two of vegetable oil to dilute, and placing it on the gum below the ailing tooth overnight for 10 to 14 days. It's amazingly effective, but must be done consistently.
Because of clove oil's unsurpassed immune-enhancing properties, it is an important ingredient in Young Living Essential Oil's "Thieves" blend, in their toothpaste, "Dentarome" and in "Thieves Mouthwash."
Uses In Infectious Diseases and More
Clove oil has been used in infectious diseases, intestinal parasites, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, pain, toothaches, scablies and infected wounds.
Jean Valnet, M.D., writes that clove oil can prevent contagious diseases and may treat arthritis, bronchitis, cholera, cyctitis, dental infections, amoebic dysentery, diarrhea, tuberculosis, acne, fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, halitosis, headaches, hypertension, insect bites, nausea, neuritis, dermatitis, rheumatism, sinusitis, skin cancer, chronic skin disease, bacterial colitis, sore, viral hepatitis, warts, and lymphoma.
Courmont et al. demonstrated in tests that a solution of .05 percent eugenol from clove oil was enough to kill the tuberculosis bacillus.
Besides all the above, clove essential oil stimulates healing, can encourage sleep and stimulate dreems and create a sense of protection and courage.
Clove – The Single Highest-Scoring Antioxidant Ever
When it comes to antioxidant power, clove leads the pack. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale. But remember, it's powerful, so always dilute for topical use.
There are three types of clove oil:
Bud oil is derived form the flower-buds of S.aromaticum. It consists of 60-90% eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene and other minor constituents.
Leaf oil is derived from the leaves of S.aromaticum. It consists of 82-88% eugenol with little or no eugenyl acetate, and minor constituents.
Stem oil is derived from the twigs of S.aromaticum. It consists of 90-95% eugenol, with other minor constituents.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.