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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 (Eugenia caryophyllataessential 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.

The chemistry of an essential oil is what gives it the therapeutic effects and aroma. Clove oil is high--above 70%--in the chemical constituent eugenol, found in the chemical family phenol.  Phenols are highly irritating to sensitive or damaged skin and mucous membranes if not used properly. If used safely, it serves many purposes.

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Product Name
Clove Essential Oil
Provides digestive support when massaged onto abdomen
Trauma oil
Makes for a wonderful carrier oil
Clove Bud
Has a medium‐strength spicy, warm, and slightly fruity aroma presenting a top-middle fragrance note.
Neroli Essensial Oil
Has a strong sweet, floral, citrusy aroma presenting a middle fragrance note.
Coconut Oil
USDA Certified; hand-milled.
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Peppermint Essensial Oil
Has a strong minty, cool, invigorating, and sharp aroma presenting a middle-top fragrance note.
Essensial Oil Inhaler
Perfect for aromatherapy on the go.
Witch Hazel
Often used externally for bruises, cuts, and oily skin.
Sweet Almond Oil
Helps the more solid or thick oils penetrate more deeply
Neem Oil
Strongly-scented carrier oil
Lavender Essensial Oil
Has a medium-strength floral, herbaceous, sweet, and woody aroma presenting a top-middle fragrance note.
Tamanu Oil
Works well as a carrier with essential oils
Arnica Oil
Often applied externally on unbroken skin to treat sore muscles and joints as well as bruising and sprains and strains.

Clove essential oil has many properties including as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterialanticoagulant, antifungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiviral, carminativeimmunostimulant, rubefacient and is warming to the skin.

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1. Alleviate Headaches

Clove is warming, stimulates the blood vessels, eases tension, and alleviates fatigue and headaches. Blend the following and apply to the head, temples and the back of the neck. To avoid irritation, be sure to keep it away from the eyes.

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 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil then apply only a small amount to your forehead or neck.

Clove should not be used over 0.5% topically to avoid irritation.

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, with 30-minute breaks in between.

Do not run a diffuser all night. Overexposure can have negative neurological effects and possibly cause lethargy.

2. Stop Toothaches

Never use or apply clove essential oil to your mouth or gums.  Clove Eugenia caryophyllata and clove Eugenia aromatica are highly irritating to the skin and mucous membrane. However, you can use clove oil by applying the plain clove 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 (not essential oil) on a cotton ball and hold the cotton ball on the sore tooth for 10-15 minutes. Pain relief will begin almost immediately.

3. Treat Mouth Sores

Clove is made of over 70% eugenol, a chemical component that is highly irritating and should never be used in the mouth or near mucous membranes or sensitive skin. However, regular clove oil may assist, or gargle with warm salt water.

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

To alleviate your sore throat, try the following remedy:

Add blend to one ounce of carrier oil and apply liberally to the throat and behind the ears. Use every 3-4 hours until your sore throat eases.

Sore Throat Remedy
  • 8 drops Geranium Pelargonium x asperum
  • 2 drops Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 3 drops Lemon Citrus limon
  • 5 drops Thyme Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool

5. Treat Bronchitis

Practice clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) essential oil aromatherapy as a way 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 and may assist with asthmatic symptoms. Add this to your diffuser:

  • 2 drops clove bud Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 4 drops lemon Citrus limon
  • 4 drops tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia
  • 5 drops lavender Lavendula angustifolia 

Diffuse for 30-60 minute intervals with 30-minute breaks. You can take a few deep breaths of the vapors when you first turn on your diffuser to get fast relief. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

You can also mix 1 drop of clove oil into 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil and gently massage it into your chest and throat. This method is also great for relief of sore chest muscles from coughing. This treatment is for healthy, adult skin. Do not use on damaged or sensitive skin.

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6. Relieve Sinus Pain

Practice clove oil aromatherapy for relief of sinus pain from sinusitis. Try this sinus inhaler to achieve fast relief:

DIY Sinus Inhaler
  • One Inhaler
  • 2 drops Clove bud Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 5 drops Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
  • 3 drops Siberian Fir Abies sibirica
  • 3 drops Engleman Spruce Picea engelmanii

By reducing the inflammation and swelling, clove bud essential oils can help to relieve pain and pressure and assist in clearing the mucous membranes. Simply use the same method of diffusion used to relieve bronchial tubes. However, do not stand over the diffuser. When used improperly, clove bud can be a mucous membrane irritant. 

7. Alleviate Earaches

Clove bud is a powerful anti-infectious oil. It’s also a powerful anti-bacterial oil. If your earache is due to a viral infection, it may help to blend:

  • 1 drop of clove bud Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 3 drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
  • 2 drops tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, with
  • 3 teaspoons carrier oil or Trauma oil

Apply around the outside of the ear every 3-4 hours or as often as you need to. If your earache is due to a bacterial infection, you may need to seek the advice of your medical professional.

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8. Treat Candida

Due to the eugenol content within clove oil, its anti-fungal properties make it great for fighting pathogenic candida strains. Candida is a genus of yeasts and is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. Clove is an anti-fungal essential oil.  Along with other anti-fungal essential oils, it can be quite effective in treatment.

  • 1 oz. Witch Hazel hydrosol Hamamelis virginiana
  • 1 oz. glass spray bottle
  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 6 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
  • 10 drops Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
 Blend and spray infected area.

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9. Soothe Sore Muscles

Whether your sore muscles are the result of a great workout, strain, injury or another issue, clove bud can add additional relief to a muscle blend. Clove is a functional food that can ameliorate chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. With this in mind, we can imagine the effects of the potent essential oil. Try the following:

Clove and Conifer Pain Relief
  • 1 oz. trauma oil or carrier oil of choice
  • 2 drops Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 4 drops Hemlock Tsuga canadensis
  • 3 drops White Pine Pinus strobus
  • 3 drops Balsam Fir Abies balsamea
  • 2 drops White Spruce Picea glauca
  • 2 drops Engleman Spruce Picea engelmanii

Directions: Blend and apply to sore area every 3-4 hours until relief.  

Safety Concerns: May cause skin and mucous membrane irritation or sensitization. Limit topical use to maximum of 0.5%. Avoid using clove with young children. Avoid using on any sensitive or damaged skin.

10. Improve Digestion

Clove can help with digestion by stimulating the digestive tract. Blend:

  • 1 drop clove
  • 1 drop peppermint Mentha x piperita
  • 5 drops lavender Lavendula angustifolia, with
  • 1 oz. unscented lotion or carrier oil

Start by applying a small amount to the abdomen and gently massage counterclockwise. If you have a reaction, discontinue use.

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11. Reduce Nausea and Vomiting

Clove is anti-spasmodic, excellent for dyspnea, nausea, and also eases colic spasms. To ease symptoms, use the same method for improving your digestion. You can also diffuse your oils in addition to topical application or create a personal inhaler. These are great for conveniently carrying with you. To create the inhaler, blend: 

  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophellata
  • 6 drops Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
  • 3 drops Basil (sweet) Ocimum basilicum ct linalool
  • 5 drops distilled Lime Citrus aurantifolia

12. Increase Metabolism

Use clove essential oil to increase your metabolism by stimulating your digestive system. This is an incredible benefit for those who are trying to lose weight as well as those with a slow metabolism. With the right plan, clove oil may help to increase your metabolism. Try the following blend in an inhaler:

  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophellata
  • 6 drops Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
  • 6 drops Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides

13. Improve Circulation

Along with exercise and diet, clove essential oil can help improve circulation. It’s warming and comforting. There are many carriers but for circulation, I find heart-leaf arnica (Arnica cordifolia) infused oil is the best. It’s perfect for treating sore muscles and joints as well as bruising, sprains, and strains. Arnica is a rubefacient, meaning it works by bringing more blood (circulation) to the injured or inflamed area. Try the following blend for circulation:

  • 1 oz. Arnica or carrier of choice
  • 2 drops Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 5 drops Rosemary Verbenone Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone
  • 10 drops Geranium Pelargonium odorantissimum

Blend and apply to area as needed. Stop use if irritation occurs. Keep in mind that arnica is a rubefacient; you may feel a slight tingling in the area. If redness or worsening occurs, stop use immediately.

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14. Give Your Immune System a Boost

Clove essential oil is known as an immunostimulant. Eugenol, the main chemical component found in clove bud essential oil, exhibited a significant immunosuppressive effect on DC functions, revealing that clove is a functional food that can ameliorate chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. Clove oil is steam distilled from the tree's flower buds and is used to treat blood impurities, headaches, stress, fatigue, toothache, bronchial conditions, and indigestion. To boost your immune system:

  • ½ oz. unscented lotion or carrier oil
  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 4 drops Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
  • 5 drops Carrot Seed Daucus carota

Blend and apply.  I like the inner arms, neck, or chest where the skin is thinner and more absorbent.

15. Improve Your Sex Life

Any essential oil that helps ease your stress or that you find sensually stimulating can act as an aphrodisiac for you.  Clove can too, assisting with impotency and frigidity.  With its warming effect and circulatory improving ability, clove is stimulating to both the mind and the body.   Choosing aphrodisiac oils is very personal.  An effective blend that you may like is as follows:

  • ½ oz. Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil
  • 2 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 4 drops Jasmine absolute Jasminum grandiflorum
  • 10 drops Cedarwood Juniperus virginiana

Apply prior to and during your romantic time.

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16. Control Blood Sugar Levels

Although clove cannot directly affect your blood sugar levels, it is stimulating and will blend nicely with oils that can affect blood sugar levels, such as cinnamonPractice clove essential oil aromatherapy to help keep your blood sugar levels under control. The phenols in clove essential oil 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. 

17. Relieve Stress

With its spicy nature, clove bud essential oil heightens our self-assurance and fosters confidence during challenging times or unexpected changes. In return, this helps to control the stress levels that come with challenges. Blended with other stress-reducing oils, clove adds warmth and comfort to the mix.

Stress Reducing Blend
  • 1 oz. unscented lotion or carrier
  • 2 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia
  • 2 drops Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
  • 2 drop Frankincense Boswellia carterii
  • 3 drops Sandalwood Santalum album or Santalum paniculatum

Rehne's Pro Tip: "You can also diffuse the blend, especially before bed. Note: *Diffusion should be done at intervals of no more than 30-60 minute on, 30 minutes off."

– Rehne Burge

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 better night’s rest. For a deep sleep, blend the following:

  • 1 oz. unscented lotion or carrier oil
  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 8 drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
  • 3 drops Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides
  • 6 drops Sweet Marjoram Origanum majorana

Blend.  Prior to bed, apply to chest and neck.  

20. Alleviate Depression

Clove essential oil is emotionally and energetically uplifting.  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.

Alleviate Depression
  • 1 oz. unscented lotion or carrier oil
  • 2 drops Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 5 drops Neroli Citrus aurantium var. amara
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange Citrus sinesis
  • 5 drops Lemon Citrus limon
  • 5 Frankincense Boswellia sacra

Blend and apply.

Rehne's Pro Tip: "Leave out your carrier oil/lotion. Add the blend to your diffuser."

– Rehne Burge

21. Improve Your Memory

Because of its circulatory, stimulating, and warming properties, clove may contribute to improvement in your memory. Try the following blend in an inhaler or diffuser:

  • 1 oz. unscented lotion or carrier oil
  • 2 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 5 drops Rosemary Rosmarinus ct. verbenone
  • 3 drops Lemon Citrus limon
  • 5 drops Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis

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22. Prevent Bacterial Infections

Using no more than 0.5%, clove can be a beneficial part of a blend for the skin but must be blended synergistically with skin friendly or other cicatrisant oils. Anything above 0.5% can irritate the skin rather than soothe and heal the skin. 

A few carrier oil choices that also help to prevent bacteria include, but are certainly not limited to: Avocado, Marula, Neem, and Tamanu oil.

  • 1 oz. Carrier oil
  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 5 drops Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum 
  • 5 drops German Chamomile Matricaria recutita

* Important Safety Facts: Clove is an irritant to skin and mucous membranes.  The maximum adult topical is 0.5%. This should be avoided with children under the age of 12 years old and those with sensitive or damaged skin. Internally, may interfere with blood thinning medication*

23. Treat Fungal Infections

Clove has antifungal properties.  The perfect carrier to pair with it is Tamanu oil, mentioned above, which also has antifungal properties.  A blend to use topically could be the following:

  • 1 oz. Tamanu oil
  • 2 drops Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 8 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
  • 6 drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia

 Apply to infected area until it clears.

24. Improve Skin Health

When using topically, Tisserand recommends no more than 0.5%. Clove should not be used on a regular basis. Clove is known to be a skin and mucous membrane irritant. 

Clove is warming and assists with circulation. This, along with good hygiene, improves our skin’s beauty. Try adding 1-2 drops to 1 oz of your unscented lotion. Blend well. Test in a small area first to ensure there are no negative reactions.

25. Treat Acne

Clove is a powerful antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial. Blend the following and using a q-tip, apply to your acne:

  • ½ oz. Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
  • 1 drop Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • 4 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia

I couldn’t believe how many incredible uses there are for clove essential oil! Was this list helpful to you?

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 this article and information within it, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.


About the author

    Rehne Burge, C.A., NAHA Louisiana Director

    Rehne Burge is a certified aromatherapist (CA). You can reach her at Soul Essentials Duo.

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