Essential Oil of the Month: Clove

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.

4 thoughts on “Essential Oil of the Month: Clove”

  • LifeRope Green Guide

    This works perfect for toothaches. I've never heard it being used for warts, but we'll give that a try. Love these essential oils. Nature has us covered!

  • dan berman

    I have toxic reactions to essential oils. Have met others sickened
    by it as well.
    Yes, they may help some. But you are playing with fire, even
    spraying it around your store.

    • Constance

      Interesting and good to know Dan. I was taught in massage school that people are not allergic to essential oils, so it's good to know that fact is not 100% true. I would not want to make my clients ill. Personally I am highly allergic to fragrances people wear and get sick, so I know what mean. Essential oils, however, do not bother me.

  • arlene

    No one from the company has addressed my comment:

    While for some people clove oil has benefits, it also can be toxic and allergenic to many others, as can virtually all essential oils.
    Hopefully, the Pharmaca stores won't be spraying that oil around indiscriminately with their diffusers during the holidays.
    Some of their management team don't seem to be aware that many people with asthma and allergies need products and prescriptions from their stores and that the constant use of diffusers can cause respiratory problems for customers.
    I have asked Pharmaca to change this policy of exposing customers without their consent because even organic essential oils contain VOCs -- that's what makes some of them so effective. (I owned a pharmaceutical-grade aromatherapy business in CA in the 1990s and did extensive research.) To date, no one has responded.
    Furthermore, having a diffuser operating means that the residue settles on people's clothing and in some cases is difficult to wash out.

    Here's just one description of the dangers of clove oil:

    Some people are allergic to eugenol, and there is the possibility of anaphylactic shock if the allergy is very severe.

    What will Pharmaca do if a customer suffers anaphylaxis as a consequence of unwanted VOC exposures?

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