Clove Essential Oil

Posted on October 15, 2011 | In Essential Oils

Clove essential oil comes from the Clove tree which is native to Indonesia. It now is grown in a number of tropical places. Due to its high content of eugenol Chinese, western herbalism, ayurvedic and modern dentistry have used clove as a strong antiseptic. This oil is extracted from the dried buds of the tree, and other oils can also be taken from the leaves and stems. Clove oil has a very strong and spicy smell, it is almost colorless and has a watery viscosity.

Clove has a high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) score, which means that it is an effective agent to destroy free radicals. Reducing free radical activity in the body can help to prevent cancer, heart disease, stroke, and a number of other illnesses and disease.

As an ORAC comparison, many health professionals recommend blueberries for their antioxidants, because blueberries contain compounds that may help to prevent cancer and other diseases. The ORAC score of blueberries is 2,400… the ORAC score of clove is over 10,000,000!

Anti-infectious, antidepressant, antibiotic, sedative, diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammation, antifungal, strong antiseptic, antiparasitic, disinfectant, antioxidant, immune stimulant, antitumor, and antiviral.

Possible Uses:
Clove has many uses, the most important is its antiseptic properties. It pulls infection from tissues and helps arthritis, gum problems, earache, blood clots, diarrhea, fatigue, flu, tension headaches, infection, insect stings, skin cancer, sores, vomiting, infectious acne, amebic dysentery, bones, dental infection, hypertension, flatulence, halitosis, cystitis, bronchitis, cholera, sinusitis, and bacterial colitis.

Topically- Mix 1 drop oil with carrier oil, apply to location of concern and reflex points. For tooth infection apply to gums around the affected tooth. For coughs apply to the back of the tongue to fight against tickling. It may also be added in a small amount to mouthwash or water for toothache.

Aromatically- Diffuse into air. Inhale and breathe.

Internally- Mix 1 drop oil with 4 oz. beverage or 1 tsp. honey, consume. Generally known as safe by the FDA. Do not give to children under the age of 6.

Historical Uses:
Used historically for skin infection, intestinal parasites, digestive upsets, and childbirth. It was also used by the Chinese for bad breath, bronchitis, diarrhea, and hernia.

Aromatic Guide:
Aromatically this oil influences healing, courage, memory improvement, and a feeling of protection.

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