The Powerful Benefits of Clove Oil
Promote Healthy Digestion, Oral Hygiene and Support Detoxification of Your Whole Body
For centuries, people have praised clove for its health-giving benefits. And for good reason.
It’s the world’s second most powerful antioxidant herb.
Dermatologists love clove for its natural ability to support healthy skin. Chefs can’t wait to add clove to their dishes for its pungent, spicy flare.
And millions of people praise clove for its famed ability to help promote fresh breath while cleaning the teeth and gums.
When used in therapeutic essential oil form, it can deliver these benefits to your overall health:
- Promotes detoxification†
- Encourages healthy circulation†
- Aids cardiovascular and immune system function†
- Supports oral hygiene†
And that just scratches the surface of what clove brings to the table.
The Powerful Benefits of Clove Oil
Some of the top health benefits of clove oil include supporting:
- Dental health: One of the most common uses of clove oil is for supporting oral or dental health. Dentists have used it for decades for the compound eugenol (found in clove oil). It’s often diluted and used to fight against bad breath.†
- Immune system support: Since it supports healthy blood supply, clove oil can support a healthy immune system. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants, making it great for supporting immune function.†
- Stress soother: Clove oil has a stimulating effect on the mind, making it great for supporting a healthy mental outlook and healthy stress levels.†
- Respiratory health: Since clove oil has cooling effects and can help support healthy inflammation levels, it is often used to support respiratory health.†
- Skin health: Clove oil is also often used for skin care and skin health, including fighting blemishes, supporting healthy aging of skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, as well as supporting healthy blood flow to unhealthy skin—giving it back its youthful luster.†
- Digestive healthy: Traditionally, clove oil has been used to support digestive health, which is why it’s often added to many Indian dishes. It is also often used in aromatherapy or topically by applying it to pillows at night for long-term inhalation, which can help support digestive comfort.†
- Healthy wound support: Since clove possesses antiseptic properties, it is also often used for healthy wound healing, including cuts and other types of skin issues, including insect bites or stings.† (Note: Remember that clove oil has a potent nature and should always be diluted, and never used on anyone with sensitive skin.)
- Metabolism health: The main chemical bio-active in clove oil is eugenol. Because eugenol is great at stimulating blood circulation, it may help to support healthy cardiovascular function.†
- Natural insect repellent: Clove oil is commonly used as an ingredient in natural insect repellents and candles because its vapor is powerful against the olfactory senses of many insects. Historically, just a few drops of clove oil were placed on bed sheets at night to repel insects.†
How to Use Clove Oil
When using clove oil, remember it’s extremely potent. Even if you’re just using small quantities, you should always dilute clove oil before applying or ingesting it. You should also use only small amounts of clove bud essential oil, especially if you’ve never used it before. Too much of it can lead to intestinal discomfort or even kidney or liver difficulties, so you should always use it according to directions and in conjunction with the advice of your healthcare professional.
Top Ways to Use Clove Essential Oil
(Note: These are just some common ways clove essential oil is often used. However, you should always consult your healthcare professional beforehand.)
- Liver and Brain Support: Dilute and use topically, applying to bottoms of feet†
- Immune Boost: Use topically (diluted) on bottoms of feet†
- Circulation Support: Apply topically (diluted) to limbs†
- Oral Health: Dilute and apply topically to affected area(s)†
- Thyroid and Metabolism Support: Apply diluted topically over thyroid area†
- Healthy Microbial Response to Wound Healing: Dilute and apply topically to affected area(s)†
- Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically†
By Dr. Axe