1 Nov 2006

Clove Oil

Clove pure essential oil is made from the flower buds of the clove plant that grows in most tropical regions of the world.

Known generally for quickly relieving toothache when applied directly to the tooth cavity due to it's anaesthetic properties. Although too strong to be used undiluted, as it is a skin irritant, the pain of toothache makes the person inflicted ignore that fact. Dentists also use it due to it's active ingredient eugenol.

Clove oil has antibacterial and antifungal qualities so is used in many remedies for colds, sore throats, coughs, viruses and bronchitis. It is used in many parts of the world, diluted to 1%, for acne, warts, mouth ulcers and other skin complaints. Very diluted, one drop to a glass of water, it relieves flatulence.

Put in a burner it is said to be relaxing, relieve fatigue and improve the memory. It can be blended with lavender, basil, geranium, sandalwood, cinnamon and many other essential oils. It is described as penetrating, warm and aromatic.

It is used commercially in aftershave and some perfumes, and as a flavoring in toothpaste and mouthwash. Well know "Olbas" is an over the counter remedy containing cloves and is for colds, flu and allergies, as well as aches & pains.

Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy, on babies and small children.

The whole dried clove itself is excellent in cooking as much as clove oil is excellent for your health.


A useful homemade recipe for you to try from that marvellous site MakeYourOwnCosmetics .

Deodorant Spray
A light body deodorizer that is easy to make and will leave you cool and refreshed!

Yield: Approx. 2 oz.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Shelf Life: Indefinite

6 tablespoons witch hazel (the kind from the pharmacy)
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
2 drops each clove essential oil
2 drops coriander essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops lime peel essential oil
5 drops palmarosa essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil

Blending Procedure:
1. Mix all ingredients in a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. Shake well and label the bottle. You can use a spray bottle if you'd like.
2. If your bottle is fitted with a spritzer top, use this product by spritzing a little underneath armpits. If your top is a screw top, just put a bit onto a cotton pad cotton ball and swipe. Do not use this product on just shaved skin as the essential oils might cause irritation.



Marion said...

What does the clove plant look like, Jackie? Is it grown in South Africa?

I remember my grandmother teaching me that just a little oil of cloves in a glass of water would settle my tummy.

I haven't found anything to corroborate that bit of info until your post came along!

Green Earth said...

The tooth has now had dental treatment but wish I had remembered cloves. Love the deoderant receipe. You have such quality material on your blogs, always love my visits, best wishes, The Artist

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this one Jackie. This is a really good idea to traditional deoderant sprays with the problems of aluminimum content now. Glad to see you're back up and running again!

Anonymous said...

Just noticed the bit above about the Clove Oil. My grandmother swore by clove oil for toothache. It always worked really well for her.

Anonymous said...

I read on a many websites that clove oil is not proven to help with tooth pain. About 10 years ago I had my wisdom teeth pulled and got dry socket. Horibble pain for several days that Vicodin didn't touch. I went back to my dentist and he put threads saturated with clove oil into the sockets and the pain was 100% relieved within 15 minutes. I had no problems after that. I now inhale clove oil sprinkled on a washcloth when I have a cold or "head flu" and it relieves the congestion. Hmmmmmm!!!?????