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25 Incredible Uses of Clove Oil

Clove essential oil

The fragrance of cloves is warming and relaxing, but did you know clove essential oil has beneficial properties that actually warm and relax the body? It’s true! This wonderfully fragrant oil does that and a whole lot more. You see, it is very high in eugenol and phenol, which gives it most of its incredible uses. This essential oil is antimicrobial, expectorant, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal. This is an amazing essential oil that is well worth keeping in your natural remedy collection.

1. Alleviate Headaches

Massage clove oil into your temples, forehead and/or the back or your neck for headache relief. The oil quickly reduces inflammation and pain. Mix 1 drop of clove essential oil into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil then apply only a small amount to your forehead or neck. Clove oil aromatherapy can be used to relieve headache pain, too. Put 2 to 3 drops of the oil in your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes.

*Clove essential oil is extremely potent. Always dilute it in a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.*

2. Stop Toothaches

Apply clove essential oil to a painful tooth for fast relief. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties work wonders on toothaches. Put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and hold the cotton ball on the sore tooth for 10-15 minutes. Pain relief will be almost immediate. It is okay to use clove oil undiluted for this but make sure you are using food-grade clove essential oil.

3. Treat Mouth Sores

Use clove EO in the same way to treat mouth sores. You can also mix 2 drops of clove oil into an 8-ounce glass of tepid water, gently swish it around in your mouth for a minute then spit it out. This will cleanse your entire mouth, give you all-over mouth-pain relief and help prevent new mouth sores.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

4. Alleviate Sore Throat

Use 2 drops of clove oil in 8 ounces of tepid water to alleviate a sore throat. Gargle with the water then spit it out. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties will quickly relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation.

5. Treat Bronchitis

Practice clove essential oil aromatherapy to thin out phlegm in the lungs and throat. It is a natural expectorant that quickly reduces chest congestion. The clove oil will also reduce inflammation of the airways for relief from asthma. Add 2 to 3 drops of clove oil to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. You can take a few deep breaths of the vapors when you first turn on your diffuser to get fast relief. Breathe them in through your nose and out through your mouth. You can also mix 1 drop of clove oil into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil or argan oil and gently massage it into your chest and throat. This is also great for relief of sore chest muscles from coughing.

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6. Relieve Sinus Pain

Practice clove oil aromatherapy for relief of sinus pain from sinusitis. It will reduce inflammation, relieve pain and help clear out the mucous. You can also gently massage the sinuses with a blend of 1 drop of clove oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for fast pain relief. Be very careful to avoid the eye area, though. You don’t want to get clove oil in your eyes.

7. Alleviate Earaches

Mix 1 to 2 drops of clove essential oil into 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to treat earaches in adults. Warm the oil in hot water, lie down on your side and fill the ear canal with the warm oil. There’s no need to heat it on the stove or in the microwave. Simply put the oil in a small container, put hot tap water in a slightly larger container then set the container with the oil in it in the bigger container. The hot water will warm the oil without over-heating it. Leave the oil in your ear canal until the pain subsides then turn over and let it drain on a towel. Do not try to rinse the oil residue out of your ear. Just leave it there for continued relief. For children use only 1 drop of clove oil. You can also use an essential oil blend, if you like. Use 3 drops each of frankincense and lavender, 2 drops of tea tree, 6 drops of clove oil and 1 tablespoon of olive, sesame, sweet almond or avocado oil. You can actually use any light vegetable oil.

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8. Treat Candida

Use clove essential oil to treat candida or yeast infections. Mix 1 drop of clove oil into a glass of tepid water and rinse your mouth several times a day to get rid of oral candida or thrush. You can take clove oil internally for up to 2 weeks to kill candida in your digestive tract. It will also kill parasites. Be extremely cautious if you decide to try taking clove essential oil internally. It is very high in eugenol which can cause an allergic reaction, shortness of breath or seizures. You should consult with a health care provider who is experienced with essential oils before taking clove oil.

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9. Soothe Sore Muscles

Blend 1 drop of clove essential oil into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage it into sore, achy muscles. Coconut oil is excellent for this. I like to add a few drops of argan oil, too. It seems to help the oil absorb more quickly.

*Do not use clove essential oil if you are pregnant or nursing or on young children.*

10. Improve Digestion

Massage your abdominal area with the sore-muscle blend to improve digestion. It relieves excess gas, acid indigestion and even hiccups. You can also mix 3 to 5 drops of clove oil into a warm bath and have a good soak. This is especially helpful for the lower digestive tract and problems associated with the bowels.

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11. Reduce Nausea and Vomiting

Practice clove EO aromatherapy to get relief from nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. If you tend to get motion sickness when riding in a vehicle, do the aromatherapy 30 to 60 minutes before you leave home. You can also get an essential oil diffuser that works in your car or simply take a few inhales of the vapors directly from the bottle.

12. Increase Metabolism

Use clove essential oil to increase your metabolism. This is an incredible benefit for those who are trying to lose weight but it is also just good for people with a slow metabolism. Clove oil aromatherapy will increase your metabolism. Massaging the clove oil/carrier oil blend into your skin will also work. The eugenol quickly enters your blood stream through your skin. Don’t be surprised if you can taste it a few minutes after you apply the blend.

*Test the 1% clove/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous spot then wait a few hours to make sure you are not highly sensitive to it. This oil can cause rashes and photosensitivity.*

13. Improve Circulation

Practice clove EO aromatherapy or use the clove oil/carrier oil blend to improve your circulation. Use the 1% dilution rate or 1 drop of clove oil per teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage it into your chest and anywhere else that could use an increase in circulation. If your ankles get a bit puffy, massage the blend into your ankles and legs and lie down for a little while. You will be amazed by how quickly it works.

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14. Give Your Immune System a Boost

Use clove oil to boost your immune system and decrease toxins. Clove EO is loaded with antioxidants that cleanse the body of free radicals which cause serious diseases. It is also antiviral. Aromatherapy and the clove/carrier oil blend work equally well for this. You can also add 1 to 2 drops to your favorite hand lotion to help fight off viruses. Stick with the 1% dilution rate if you are going to use it regularly.

*100% clove essential oil is very strong, so be careful not to overdo it. Excessive use can cause unpleasant side effects.*

15. Improve Your Sex Life

Increase your libido and control premature ejaculation to improve your sex life. Clove oil is a natural aphrodisiac that relaxes and warms the body but it also acts as a stimulant. Its ability to prevent PE, or premature ejaculation, makes this incredible benefit even better. You can use a clove/carrier oil blend with a 1% dilution rate, or 1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage it into the back of your neck, shoulders and lower back. Clove oil aromatherapy also works.

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16. Control Blood Sugar Levels

Practice clove essential oil aromatherapy to help keep your blood sugar levels under control. Clove essential oil contains phenols which help the body regulate glucose and insulin. You can add 2 drops of cinnamon oil along with 2 drops of clove oil for added benefits. Massage the 1% clove/carrier oil blend into your feet and hands to relieve numbness and discomfort.

*Talk to your doctor before you use clove EO if you are being treated for diabetes. It can cause a rapid drop in glucose levels.*

17. Relieve Stress

Use clove EO to lower stress levels. You can use clove oil aromatherapy for this or massage the back of your neck and shoulders with the 1% clove/carrier oil blend.

18. Reduce Anxiety

Practice clove oil aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. Add 2 to 3 drops of oil to your diffuser and turn it on for 30 to 60 minutes. Your anxiety will melt away. If you are away from home, just keep your clove essential oil bottle with you and take a few deep inhales of the vapors through your nose when you begin to feel anxious.

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19. Improve Sleep

Run your diffuser with 2 to 3 drops of clove oil for 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed. It will soothe and relax you so you can quickly fall asleep for a good night’s rest. You can also rub your shoulders with the 1% blend or take a warm, calming bath with 5 drops of clove oil in the water.

*Do not use clove oil if you are taking anticoagulants or aspirin to thin the blood.*

20. Alleviate Depression

Use clove oil aromatherapy or massage to alleviate depression. The same incredible properties that reduce stress and anxiety work to balance your moods and naturally lift your spirits.

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21. Improve Your Memory

Practice clove oil aromatherapy to counteract memory loss. Just add 2 to 3 drops of oil to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day.

22. Prevent Bacterial Infections

Apply the 1% clove/carrier oil blend to wounds and sores to speed healing and prevent infection. Wash the wound first then apply the clove oil blend. You can reapply up to several times a day.

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23. Treat Fungal Infections

Use the 1% clove/carrier oil blend to treat fungal infections. Its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties will clear the fungal infection up in no time.

24. Improve Skin Health

Massage the 1% clove oil blend into your face, neck, shoulders and chest for great skin. It firms the skin and reduces wrinkles. You won’t believe the difference it makes.

25. Treat Acne

Use the 1% clove/carrier oil to treat acne. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties will quickly clear it up. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day then follow with the 1% blend. A lighter carrier oil like argan. Another way to use clove oil to treat acne is to mix 2 drops with 2 teaspoons of honey, spread it over your face, let it set for a minute or 2 then rinse it off. Use that instead of your usual face wash.

Was this list helpful to you? I couldn’t believe how many incredible uses there are for clove essential oil. This is an oil that should definitely be kept on hand, at the very least to treat sudden earaches and toothaches. If you or your loved ones tend to get earaches, toothaches or suffer from any of the other maladies this oil is good for, I hope you will give it a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Please leave a comment to let me know if you found this list helpful and share your own personal experiences. We can all learn from each other and continue to add to the on-going list of clove essential oil’s incredible uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.

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About the author

    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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