Let's talk Clove essential oil. It is one I feel does not get enough attention. This is a great oil for many things. One of its most well known benefits is for gum and tooth health. But did you know if also has antioxidant properties, supports cardivascular health, supports healthy inflammatory processes, can be energizing, and is great for cooking?
Here is a short video talking about some of my favorite uses and benefits of Clove.
Let's talk about some of the wonderful uses for this oil.
Uses of Clove Essential Oil
Oral Health - We'll start with this one, because it is probably one of the most well-known uses.
Brushing Teeth - One way to benefit from Clove's oral support is to add a drop of Clove to your toothbrush, then put your toothpaste on, and brush. Now Clove is a hot oil, so make sure you do not add more than one drop. If it is too hot, then quickly run your toothbrush under water after you put the oil and toothpaste on your toothbrush.
Mouthwash - Many people love doTERRA's On Guard Mouthwash, and for good reason. It is a fantastic tool for oral health, and a great line of defense when you are getting sick. However, sometimes it is not available due to sourcing issues. When that is the case you can easily make your own mouthwash. This recipe suggests using Peppermint, Cinnamon, Myrrh, or On Guard essential oils. You could also do a mix of oils that are found in the On Guard blend which include Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. You can even simplify by putting one drop of Clove in 2 ounces of water and gargling with it.
Tooth Discomfort Relief - Clove is not only great for tooth and gum health, but it can help soothe pains associated with toothaches. Dilute a few drops of Clove in an edible carrier oil. Dab a clean cotton ball in the solution and let it soak in. Apply the cotton ball to the sore tooth. Here are some more ideas of how to naturally deal with toothaches.
Massage - Combine Clove with a non-scented body lotion or fractionated coconut oil for a soothing massage. You will love its warming effect.
Internal Use - Clove has wonderful antioxidant properties and offers support to your cardiovascular system and healthy inflammatory processes. It may also support the stomach, gastrointestinal tract, and help the absorption of important nutrients. To enjoy these benefits, place 2-3 drops of Clove in a veggie cap. You could also put a drop in your water.
Cooking - Clove is a spice that is often associated with fall and the holidays. There are many yummy recipes you can use Clove in. As it is a hot oil, you will want to start with just a toothpick amount. You can always add more. Here are some recipes to try Clove essential oil in.
Potpourri - Do you love the smell of potpourri? Have you ever used essential oil when making it? Here is a great recipe for homemade potpourri using essential oils. Enjoy the scents of Cinnamon, Cassia, Wild Orange, Clove, and more!
Diffuse - Of course Clove is a great one to diffuse. It pairs well with Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Ginger, Cassia, Fennel, and Cedarwood. Here are some diffuser blends to try.
Cologne - How about a non-toxic homemade cologne? Most of the colognes and perfumes you buy in the store are filled with toxins and chemicals that are so unhealthy for you. The good news is there are healthy options. Here is a recipe for a homemade cologne using Clove, Siberian Fir, Bergamot, and Lemon essential oil.
Simply DIY Bath Salt Gift - Here is a simple DIY gift you can use for the holidays. Fill a round plastic ornament with Epsom Salt and essential oils.
DIY Sugar Scrub - Want another easy DIY gift idea? Try this Sugar Scrub recipe! The recipe calls for Ginger and Cinnamon oil, but you can also do it with 4 drops Cassia, 4 drops Clove, and 2-4 drops Ginger oil if you'd like. You can choose if you'd like to keep or omit the other seasonings.
Homemade Kitchen Cleaner - If you love using natural cleaners, here is a great mix using Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Clove, and Tea Tree oil. You will have a clean kitchen with a clean scent!
Now I'd love to hear what your favorite uses for Clove are!