Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred to as clove bud. It has a shaft and a head and hence, has the Latin name clavus, meaning nail. Clove was extensively used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations and it spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the seventh and eighth centuries. Even now, clove is used widely in several Indian and Chinese cuisines.
Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A, and vitamin C.
The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and stimulating properties. This oil is used for treating a variety of health issues including skin issues, toothache, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress, and blood impurities. The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Several toothpastes, mouthwashes, and oral care medications contain this oil as an important ingredient.
Although it is known primarily for dental issues, the benefits are not limited to it. This powerful oil can do wonders for you in multiple ways listed below.
Due to its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, and other types of injuries. It can also be used for treating insect bites and stings. It is very strong in nature and should always be used in a diluted form and should be carefully used by people with sensitive skin.
The most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, toothache, sore gums, and mouth ulcers. It contains eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for many years. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of this oil also helps to eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, every day before going to sleep, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which had a cavity. The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including mouthwashes and toothpastes. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal. But be careful, it is very strong and can cause burns in your mouth if used incorrectly.
Recent studies and careful consideration of the power of clove oil have resulted in it being used as a soothing balm on infants who are teething. It can be applied to a baby’s gums in extremely diluted form as the antiseptic and soothing qualities of the oil can ease the pain and reduce the discomfort.
Clove oil is often recommended for skin care, especially for acne patients. The effects are best achieved when the oil is used in liquid form and spread on a clean, dry rag. You will find it in many products for lessening the effects of aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial rejuvenation for the eyes because of its rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow under the unhealthy skin and make it look young again.
Boost Immune System:
Both clove and clove oil are useful for boosting the immune system. Their antiviral properties and the ability to purify the blood, increase resistance to a multitude of diseases, because the antioxidants in clove oil scavenge the body of dangerous free radicals that cause a multitude of diseases like heart problems and certain types of cancer.
Clove oil is an aphrodisiac in nature and therefore, serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. When ingested in appropriate amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. It also induces sleep and is helpful to patients suffering from insomnia. It is also useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression, and anxiety.
Clove oil, when mixed with salt and applied on the forehead, gives a cooling effect and helps in getting relief from headaches. It has many flavonoids within it, which are anti-inflammatory agents. When topically applied to the temples or neck, the anti-inflammatory property will ease the inflammation or tension that often brings headaches. For the same reason, clove oil is used as a pain reliever on other parts of the body, like joints and overworked muscles, to provide some relief from painful inflammation or swelling.
A mixture of warm clove oil and sesame oil is a good remedy for earaches. The clove flower is a source of the beneficial additive of this already powerful oil.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.