Clove oil has traditionally been used for a variety of purposes, including:
- as an antimicrobial, to help kill bacteria
- as a pain reliever for conditions such as toothache and muscle pain
- for digestive upset
- to relieve respiratory conditions like cough and asthma
While many different chemicals have been identified in clove oil, a compound called eugenol is one of the primary components.
Like other natural remedies, the oil of cloves (or clove oil as it’s commonly referred to) is derived from a plant that originally comes from India. It is most popular in dentistry because of its sedative properties, but you can buy the product over-the-counter at a nearby drugstore. One common usage of the herb is for adding flavor to cough medicines and cold remedies so they are at least tolerable to drink. Although natural, too much at one time can be life-threatening or it can cause severe breathing problems. As with any medicinal product, even natural ones, check with a physician before ingesting it.
1. Moisturizes Dry Skin and Helps Other Skin Problems
Clove oil for dry skin is a great natural remedy. The best way to take advantage of this treatment is to get the oil in liquid form and spread it on your skin with a clean rag. It’s also used in many products that are made specifically for helping lessen the appearance of stretch marks, baggy eyes and puffy skin.
Many people know about the healing qualities of clove oil for toothaches and other tooth pains. In fact, this is the most popular remedy that this natural herb is used for. There are several ways to utilize this leaf. If you have natural clove leaves, you can simply place the leaf on the painful tooth and leave it there for a few minutes, or, if you have it in liquid form, simply place a drop on the area. In addition to toothaches, cloves are said to be helpful in reducing the pain of dry socket, a common complication that occurs whenever a tooth is pulled.
To the pleasure of many new parents, cloves are a natural way to help soothe the pain that teething infants endure. Simply place a dab of clove oil on your finger and rub your finger along the gums of the teething baby. This has been a great way to help prevent the baby from crying for hours and it can help you get more sleep at night as well.
Cloves are ideal for helping relieve the pain of bunions and warts. Soak a rag in clove oil and apply to the affected area. Leave it there for a few minutes or until the pain subsides. Soaking a rag in clove oils or simply applying the oil to the skin can be a great way to soothe nerve pain as well. Simply find the painful area and rub the cloves in so the skin absorbs it.
3. Soothes Irritation
Clove bud oil is often used as the active ingredient to soothe the itching and burning typically associated with coming in contact with poison oak or poison ivy.
4. Cleans Katana Swords and Other Metals
Soak a clean cotton rag in clove oils and rub along a Katana sword (or other metal surface) to effectively clean the dust and dirt away. It also gives it a spectacular shine unmatched by other products.
5. Improves Blood Circulation
Clove bud oil is used in Tiger Balm to help improve circulation. Since this specialty balm is used to soothe muscle aches and pains, cloves are the active ingredient that helps the blood flow through the area and help reduce the pain. Because it helps improve circulation, clove oil is ideal for reducing the pain and discomfort typically associated with tension headaches. Apply a rag soaked in clove oils to the forehead or temples to get the blood vessels opened.
When used for aromatherapy purposes, clove bud oil helps to stimulate the brain. The scent makes you more attentive and can even make you feel more energetic than you normally would.
Many insect repellent companies use clove essential oil as one of the active ingredients in their spray products. If you have some clove leaves or oils, you can simply use these instead of spending money on bug spray. One thing you can do is plant cloves around the perimeter of your yard to replace the number of bugs that cross into your yard. You can also put some of the oils on your body so bugs and mosquitoes won’t come near you.
7. Major Ingredient in Many Weed Killer Products
It might seem weird that this product is used for so many bodily purposes and it’s also the primary active ingredient in many weed killers on the market. But it’s true and it’s also one of the best weed killers on the market.
8. Reduces Foul Cooking Odors
Some foods, like liver and fish, can cause unpleasant odors in your house when you’re cooking. Burning some clove-scented oils or incense after cooking can help soak up the offensive odors and replace them with a more pleasant scent. Cloves can add a dimension of taste to some otherwise bland foods too. You can either use it in liquid form to add to your dishes or use the clove leaves.
9. Increases Libido
One drop of clove in your coffee or beverage can give you an extra shot of sexual energy. Some believe it’s a great natural way to increase your sex drive if it’s been dwindling lately.
Cloves have been used to soothe stomach pain for centuries. It helps to calm the nerves and aid in digestion in case you eat something that doesn’t agree with you. Put a couple drops of the oil in a beverage to use it for stomach pain purposes.
Out of the many natural herbs and plants that you can find at your supermarket or supplement store, deciding to buy clove oil can give you several advantages. Although it isn’t a “cure-all,” it’s still able to cure many of the smaller things that might ail you. In addition, it is used in several other useful products around the home and garden.. Since it can be dangerous, though, don’t forget to check with your family doctor before using it. He might have a product that contains this ingredient just to be on the safe side.
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