by Shailja Kapur
Clove oil is a natural worldwide remedy to treat toothaches and pains. It is an antioxidant, extracted from the dried flower buds of a tree Eugenia caryophyllata by steam distillation. It is well known as medicinal aromatic oil.
It is antiseptic, analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic due to its strong active ingredient Eugenol. It is always recommended to use it diluted as it may cause burns on the skin if used undiluted.
For regular use of clove oil, the suitable carrier oils are jojoba oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. For aromatherapy purpose, you can make a blend of clove essential oil with the essential oils of grapefruit, rose and lavender.
The other uses of Clove and its oil are:
The mixture of a drop of Clove oil and peppermint oil in a ratio of 1:1 in a 250ml of water can be used as a gargle for bad breath or as a regular mouthwash. It works as a preventative measure against gum disease. One to two drops of oil is more than enough for a rinse.
Sore throat remedy:
Put a few drops of clove oil in a glass of warm salt water for gargling. It soothes the throat.
Clove oil along with eucalyptus oil is a popular herbal decongestant. This combination can be used either as a steam inhalation or even can be used in a diffuser for those who are not comfortable with steam inhalation.
Clove oil blended with arnica oil along with carrier oil can be used in sprains and joint pains.
Acne prone skin:
The antibacterial characteristic of clove oil makes it an excellent natural remedy for acne. It can be used as a part of a regular acne treatment. Make a face wash or face pack using clove oil.
- Face Wash:
Make a mixture of 1 drop of clove oil in approximately 1 liter of water.
- Face Pack:
Take 1 drop of clove oil, 1 drop of carrier oil and 2 tsp of lukewarm natural honey. Mix it properly. Apply it as a paste and wash it after few minutes.
Though acne healing does take time but still it is worth using it.
It is an excellent remedy for an athlete’s foot or fungal skin infection because of its antimicrobial property.
Clove accelerates digestion and brings back appetite.
Use clove oil in a diffuser and just relax. Whether it is a room or a bath, the aroma emitted from the diffuser gives a calming effect on the muscles which in turn improves the blood circulation. It helps in relieving tension headaches as well.
Make a mixture of clove and neem oil in the ratio of 1:5 in approximately 3 liters of water. This mixture can be used to mop the floor to keep ants and flies at bay. It can be used as a spray near the indoor and outdoor garden plants.
Clove buds can be used in the home storage of grains and pulses as prevention against insects.
Spice & Fragrance:
Warm, sweet and rich aroma makes it an excellent not only in food flavoring but also as a perfume.
- Always perform allergy or skin test for checking any side effects before using essential oils.
- Not recommended for those with sensitive skins. If not sure, perform an allergy test.
- The people with blood-related medical condition should avoid the use of Clove oil because of its anticoagulant nature.
- All essential oils should be used with caution with compatible carrier oils.
Shailja Kapur is a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Healer. She got passion for various Reiki practices and other healing modalities. She also practices Candle Healing, Distant Healing, Crystal Healing, Dowsing, Magnified Healing, Yoga and Guided Meditation. She always felt a strong connection with Reiki. She had started practicing Reiki since her childhood without knowing what she used to do is called Reiki. As possibilities are endless with Reiki, her enthusiasm to experiment Reiki and share her experiences with the world. She believes self- purification, self-dedication and selflessness enhances your Reiki experiences. Shailja can be reached via her e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.