How to use Clove Essential Oil
Indigenous to Indonesia and Madagascar, cloves (Eugenia caryophyllata) can be found in nature and unlike most other spices, cloves can be grown throughout the entire year. This has given native tribes that use it a considerable advantage over other cultures because the health benefits can be enjoyed more readily and consistently.
Cloves are picked by hand, the buds are dried until they turn brown and, after grinding them, the powder is used in cooking or converted into an essential oil for various purposes. We love clove blended with cinnamon and orange for a wonderful fall diffuser blend.
- Helps to eliminate skin blemishes
- May help kills parasites
- Supports Healthy blood circulation
- Supports oral health
- Boosts energy
- Helps to kill mold and fungus
Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 years as a fragrance and spice. It hit the international health scene several hundred years later. Since then, it has been applied in numerous products for a variety of agricultural and cosmetic purposes.
The profound properties of clove oil, are attributed to the widespread application in homeopathic natural medicine. One study found clove oil to possess antibacterial properties fighting against staph. Because it contains an elevated level of eugenol, clove essential oil has proven to be remarkably versatile essential oil and has been thoroughly researched as an effective alternative to many modern medical treatments.
Clove has the astounding ORAC value of 290,283 units. That value means per gram cloves contain 30x more anti-oxidants than blueberries which have a value of 9,621.
Antioxidants are molecules that reverse the damage that free radicals cause including cell death and illness. Research has shown that antioxidants slow aging, degeneration and may help to protect the body against bad bacteria and viruses.
Because of the high antioxidant count and eugenol levels, clove is also known as a wonderful “protective” herb and has been used in essential oil blends such as “Thieves”.
Clove oil was one of the main essential oils that was said to be used to protect people from getting the Bubonic Plague in Europe. When a group of thieves were caught by the the king and he asked them why they weren’t dead from the plague exposure from robbing coffins of plague victims, they said it was because they covered themselves with this protective blend of oils which included clove. This is how Thieves essential oil name was based.
Adding some cloves or clove oil to your health regime could be good to naturally boost your antioxidant levels as well as supporting a healthy immune system.
To benefit from clove essential oil put it in homemade personal care products like deodorant, cleaner and toothpaste. If you are exposed to people with a cold or flu, mix it with coconut oil and rub it on your neck and chest for natural antioxidant protection.