How to Use Clove Essential Oil

Physical benefits of clove essential oil

Clove essential oil has a percentage of phenols, which gives this oil the ability to cleanse cellular receptor sites, remove free radicals, and support a healthy and normal inflammatory cycle.  Clove oil a powerful ally in boosting general health. Traditionally valued as a digestive aid and immune boosting herb in Chinese medicine, clove oil’s antimicrobial properties are now well supported by modern scientific research. Clove oil even ranks #1 in a study for use as a mosquito repellant.*

In Chinese medicine, clove oil warms and moves the blood to reduce pain and stagnation. It is considered hot in nature due to the warm and spicy flavor. Conditions worsened by cold weather, such as arthritis and poor circulation, usually respond well to the warming properties of clove. In Chinese medicine, clove warms the fluids in the body, stops chills, clears congestion, and releases pathogens that enter the body from outside during cold and flu season.*

Because of the hot nature and the high percentage of phenols in clove, this essential oil and blends containing it can irritate the skin and mucous membranes. Remember always to dilute this oil when applying topically.*

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Emotional benefits of clove essential oil

The warming properties of clove oil can spark passions and creativity. To spice up your life and relationships, diffuse a few drops of clove or apply a few drops to the soles of the feet in the morning. You may find more inspiration and motivation in your daily routines. This moving and cleansing oil stimulates energy flow to encourages change, communication, and profound transformation. Historically clove oil was valued by the wealthy and believed to attract money. It’s perfect if you feel stuck financially and would like to encourage the flow of money to you.*


*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Clove essential oil research articles:

Research study demonstrates the powerful anti-fungal properties of clove essential oil

Budzyńska A, Sadowska B, Więckowska-Szakiel M, Różalska B. Enzymatic profile, adhesive and invasive properties of Candida albicans under the influence of selected plant essential oils. Acta Biochim Pol. 2014;61(1):115-21. Epub 2014 Mar 19. PubMed PMID: 24644554


Research establishes the potent antibacterial nature of clove oil

Naveed R, Hussain I, Tawab A, Tariq M, Rahman M, Hameed S, Mahmood MS, Siddique AB, Iqbal M. Antimicrobial activity of the bioactive components of essential oils from Pakistani spices against Salmonella and other multi-drug resistant bacteria. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Oct 14;13:265. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-265. PubMed PMID: 24119438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3853939


Anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, antioxidant and other properties of clove essential oil confirmed by scientific study

Chaieb K, Hajlaoui H, Zmantar T, Kahla-Nakbi AB, Rouabhia M, Mahdouani K, Bakhrouf A. The chemical composition and biological activity of clove essential oil, Eugenia caryophyllata (Syzigium aromaticum L. Myrtaceae): a short review. Phytother Res. 2007 Jun;21(6):501-6. Review. PubMed PMID: 17380552


Research reveals clove oil a viable treatment for cold sores caused by HSV-1

Kurokawa M, Hozumi T, Basnet P, Nakano M, Kadota S, Namba T, Kawana T, Shiraki K. Purification and characterization of eugeniin as an anti-herpesvirus compound from Geum japonicum and Syzygium aromaticum. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1998 Feb;284(2):728-35. PubMed PMID: 9454821


A study supports clove essential oil as a digestive aid and antiulcer agent

Agbaje EO. Gastrointestinal effects of Syzigium aromaticum (L) Merr. & Perry (Myrtaceae) in animal models. Nig Q J Hosp Med. 2008 Jul-Sep;18(3):137-41. PubMed PMID: 19062476


Research study shows clove essential oil provides the longest duration of 100% repellency against all mosquitos tested when compared to patchouli and citronella oils

Trongtokit Y, Rongsriyam Y, Komalamisra N, Apiwathnasorn C. Comparative repellency of 38 essential oils against mosquito bites. Phytother Res. 2005 Apr;19(4):303-9. PubMed PMID: 16041723

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