Essential Oil of the Month: Clove

November 21, 2011

It’s that time of year, when rich scents like clove, frankincense and ginger show up in everything from your coffee drinks to sweet holiday candles. But these scents aren’t just about evoking warm memories—they also have powerful aromatherapeutic properties. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about clove, our Essential Oil of the Month.

What it does
As you might expect, clove bud is warming, stimulating and energizing. It can soothe digestion, serve as an antiseptic and relieve pain. It also has strong anti-fungal properties, and is often recommended for Athlete’s Foot.

Bonus use
Clove oil can be applied directly to the gums to relieve toothaches or to soothe pain during dental work.

Ways to use it

  • Add a few drops to a diffuser to create a warm, invigorating aroma.
  • Mix a few drops with water and ingest to quell nausea and vomiting
  • Apply directly to warts, daily, to remove
  • Place cotton balls dipped in clove oil in spots where you want to repel bugs, like your food pantry
  • Blend with a carrier oil and apply directly to a painful area of your mouth to relieve toothache

Interesting tidbit
Clove buds come from an evergreen tree native to Indonesia and the Spice Islands. The tree produces bright green leaves and nail-shaped flower buds. The name comes from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail shaped.