Clove essential oil is steam distilled from the dried flower bud of the evergreen tree. The clove tree originates from India and Indonesia. The first documentation came from the Chinese in 207 B. C. Today it's grown in Madagascar, Brazil, West Indies, Sri Lanka and India(tropical environments),Kenya and Malaysia . The health benefits from this spice are numerous. Clove oils is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. Clove contains many minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A and C and fiber. Clove contains eugenol a powerful compound that destroys harmful organisms.
Health Benefits of Clove:
Infections: It's antiseptic qualities heals cut & wounds.
Dental Care: It's used in toothpaste, mouthwash and medicinally.
Skin Care: Helps with wrinkles, acne by increasing blood flow.
Immune System: Immune booster, antiviral, cleans the blood and helps improve the cardiovascular system.
Headaches: Anti-inflammatory and clove is used as a pain reliever. It helps with muscle and joint pain.
Respiratory:As an expectorant and its anti-inflammatory effects helps with coughs, clear nasal passages and other respiratory issues like bronchitis. sinusitis, sore throats etc.
Blood Circulation: Clove oil stimulates blood circulation assist in lowering blood pressure. It also reduces toxicity in the blood therefore purifying it.
Sty: It's antibacterial qualities clears infections.
Cholera: Clove is known to help with cholera.
Diabetes:Purifies the blood and controls the level of blood sugar.
Soaps & Perfumes: Used in soaps for its antiseptic qualities and to scent perfumes.
Aromatherapy: Diffusing clove oil is excellent for cleaning the air because it's anti-bacteria, antimicrobial and antiviral. It's excellent for cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. I use a 50:50 vinegar and water solution, add clove and tea tree oils. Adding a few drops to a massage oil has many benefits. It's helps with sore and painful muscles, blood flow.Dilution rates are very important, check with a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils.
Insect Repellent: Clove oil is also known to be an insect repellent.
Clove oil is very strong therefore it must be diluted. Pregnant women should not use the oil because you could transfer it when breast-feeding. The eugenol is so strong we must use caution, it's best not to use on children. You can diffuse small amounts. If you have high blood pressure consult your physician before use. I never advise ingesting the essential oil. A great alternative is to use the spice in your foods and smoothies especially during the cold & flu season.
As you can see, clove oil should be a staple in every home. The oil or spice with all it many therapeutic benefits can assist us to heal our bodies naturally.