Did you know Clove is one of the main constituents in Eugenol, which dentists all over the world use to numb our teeth before dental procedures? Yes, it is! It is good for all things dental, although it is a hot oil so best if diluted for little one’s who might be teething. But, it is great for toothaches and it’s a good oil for thyroid balance too, among other things!
Clove is one of my favorite oils and a must have in our home for many reasons. I even add it to tea for sore throats when needed…I’m a mother to five children and a few still live at home and need pampering while sick occasionally. So, Clove is an essential for my family!
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae (shrubs and trees)
Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distillation from bud and stem—Madagascar, Spice Islands
Chemical Constituents: Phenols: eugenol (up to 85%), chavicol, 4-allylphenol; Esters: eugenyl acetate (up to 15%), styralyl, benzyl, terpenyl, ethyl phenyl acetates, methyl salicylate (tr.); Sesquiterpenes (up to 14%): β-caryophyllene (<12%), humulene, α-amorphene, α-muurolene, calamenene; Oxides (<3%): caryophyllene oxide, humulene oxide; Carboxylic Acids; Ketones.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, strong antiseptic, antitumoral, antiviral, disinfectant, and immune-stimulant.
Common Primary Uses: Antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, blood clots, bug repellent, candida, cavities (pain), corns, fever, herpes simplex, insect repellent, lupus, muscle aches, pain, tooth abscess, tumor, wounds.
Folklore: Some old tales say that walking near clove trees while wearing a hat would frighten the trees into no longer bearing fruit. While the trees may have been afraid of hats, they were not afraid of viruses. History has it that the people of Penang (among the “Spice Islands”) were free from epidemics until the sixteenth century when Dutch conquerors destroyed the clove trees that flourished on those islands. Many of the islanders died from the epidemics that followed.
Historical Uses: Cloves were historically used for skin infections, digestive upsets, intestinal parasites, childbirth, and most notably for toothaches. The Chinese also used cloves for diarrhea, hernia, bad breath, and bronchitis.
French Medicinal Uses: Impotence, intestinal parasites, memory deficiency, pain, plague, toothache, wounds (infected).
Other Possible Uses: This oil may help amebic dysentery, arthritis, bacterial colitis, blood clots, bones, bronchitis, cholera, cystitis, dental infection, diarrhea, infectious acne, fatigue, flatulence (gas), flu, halitosis (bad breath), tension headaches, hypertension, infection (wounds and more), insect bites and stings, elmiminating insects, lupus, nausea, neuritis, nettles and poison oak (takes out sting), rheumatism, sinusitis, skin cancer, chronic skin disease, smoking (removes desire), sores (speeds healing of mouth and skin sores), tuberculosis, thyroid dysfunction, leg ulcers, viral hepatitis, vomiting, and warts.
Body System(s) Affected: Cardiovascular, Digestive, Immune, and Respiratory Systems.
Aromatic Influence: It may influence healing, improve memory (mental stimulant), and create a feeling of protection and courage. Septimas Piesse considered clove scent to vibrate in the key of B and in the color of violet. It can also cause a good sleep, generally culminating in stimulating dreams.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern. Rub directly on the gums surrounding an infected tooth. Place on tongue with finger to remove desire to smoke, or place on back of tongue to fight a tickling cough. Diffuse.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. Use with caution during pregnancy. Can irritate sensitive skin.
Blend Classification: Personifier.
Blends With: Basil, bergamot, cinnamon bark, clary sage, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, and ylang ylang.
Odor: Type: Type: Middle to Base Notes (20–80% of the blend); Scent: Spicy, warming, slightly bitter, woody, reminiscent of true clove buds, but richer; Intensity: 5.