Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is an ancient oil used by man for thousands of years. Healers in China and India, as well as Hildegard of Bingen used clove oil for multiple physical problems. Clove is an oil approved by the American Dental Association as an anesthetic. This oil is in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). A key Constituent is Eugenol-75-87%–which is a phenol making this a very potent oil.
Traditionally clove has been used as a spice worldwide. Tincture of cloves has been used for skin infections like scabies and athlete’s foot, for digestive upsets for intestinal parasites and most notably for tooth aches. In traditional folk medicine, clove buds were steeped in wine to ease the pain of childbirth. In Chinese medicine, the oil is used for diarrhea, hernia, bad breath and bronchitis. Hildegard found clove to be very warming. She used it was stuffiness in the head, sick intestines, dropsy, gout and hiccups.
Clove oil today is viewed as having anti-aging, antitumoral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, anesthetic, antioxidant, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant and anti worms properties. It is the highest antioxidant oil ever measured. No wonder it is considered an anti-aging oil. It is good for cardiovascular disease, arthritis, rheumatism, hepatitis, intestinal parasites, throat, sinus and lung infections, cataracts, ulcers, lice, toothaches and acne. Clove is also good for raising blood pressure and for impotence. The emotional message of clove is to move forward, make things happen, achieve as much as your spirit can without harming others. Clove assists in the awakening of the senses. It gives us the confidence we need to be unafraid. The fragrance discourages inhibiting thoughts and makes it easier to weather the storms of life. For emotional healing it is used to encourage stimulation, regeneration, inspiration, trust, and inner warmth.
The main effect of clove is antiseptic, having a broad spectrum of action against bacteria and viruses. It is considered a strengthening oil and an oil for longevity.Clove oil can cause skin and mucous membrane irritation and therefore should be used in moderation only.
Clove oil can be diluted one part essential oil with four parts mixing oil; it can be applied neat on gums or mouth, diffused or taken as a dietary supplement. For a tickling cough or the hiccups, place one drop on back of tongue. Clove mixes well with cardamon, cinnamon, lavender, lemon, geranium, grapefruit, Roman chamomile, palmarosa, sandalwood, ginger, orange, vanilla, rose, clary sage, bergamot, bay leaf and ylang ylang. To learn more about Clove oil and other essential oils, consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit.