My first experience with clove, outside of cooking, was a story my mom told me about dentists recommending patients with sore teeth chew on clove buds to soothe the pain. Whenever I think of clove, it is always is as a way to relieve discomfort, especially in the mouth.
I’ve seen clove buds that I’ve used for cooking, but often wondered where they came from. Here’s a tidbit of what I discovered:
- Cloves are the dried flower buds of a tree belonging to the Myrtaceae family
- The trees can grow up to 12m high
- Cloves are used in cooking, either whole or in a ground form
Below is a picture of a clove tree.
Clove is one of the “warming” oils and it gives us a sense of warmth and heat thanks to it’s main chemical constituent, eugenol. That’s why clove is beneficial in these applications:
• Place one drop of Clove in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing eff ect.
• Helps to clean the teeth and gums while promoting fresh breath.
• Combine with dō TERRA® Hand and Body Lotion for a warming massage.
• During your nightly routine, add one drop of clove to your toothbrush before applying toothpaste.
• After your six month cleaning at the dentist, apply one drop Clove to teeth and gums.
• Clove essential oil contains powerful antioxidant properties.*
• During the Fall and Winter season, diffuse three drops Clove, two drops Cinnamon, and one drop Wild Orange for an invigorating scent.
• Place two to three drops in a dō TERRA Veggie
Cap and take internally to support cardiovascular health.*
• Naturally repels insects.
One of my favorite ways to use clove: add it to oatmeal along with cinnamon essential oil. I add each a drop at a time to taste. When I use these oils together, my oatmeal tastes sweet without adding any sweetener. I get the added benefits of supporting my digestive system. YUM!
Where are some great places to apply ?
It’s important to talk about essential oil safety because this oil is one of the most likely to irritate the skin and membranes if used undiluted, or neat. Please do not use this oil topically, orally, or internally without diluting it by at least 1 drop of clove to 6 drops of carrier oil. I can’t emphasize this enough. You can dilute more, but not less. Make sure to have a pure vegetable base carrier oil handy to apply as needed at the first sign of sensitivity.
When our family needs clove to use topically, we use a colored 10 ml or larger roller bottle. First, I put the desired amount of clove oil in, then fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil, remembering to leave enough space to insert the roller apparatus. One of the problems that people face when inserting the roller is that pressing it in with flat surface may dislodge the ball, making the roller useless.
Tip! Use a plug to secure the roller. The image below is from one of my presentations called “Essential Oil Hacks.” I present it in person as well as online. Contact me if you’re interested in this or other classes.
How can I learn more about Clove essential oil?
Have you tried dōTERRA Clove oil yet? If not, you are missing out! This unique oil has a variety of uses including cleaning the gums and teeth, providing a warming massage, adding flavor to desserts and other dishes—the list goes on and on. The warm, spicy scent of Clove makes it very powerful and invigorating, and a good addition to a diffuser blend, especially in the fall and winter seasons. Whether you are looking for an essential oil that can provide a soothing massage, improve your oral hygiene, spice up your meals, or provide internal benefits*, Clove oil is a must-have for your essential oil collection.
Learn more about Clove oil by asking your questions either in the comments below or you may contact me. Thanks!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.