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Essential Oils in aromatherapy, cosmetology, and cooking. You need it! Hot and cheerful Clove essential oil. Part 4.

Cloves smell great, but did you know that they have many health benefits associated with them? They have been used for toothache, fighting fatigue, boosting the immune system, treating acne, controlling diabetes, and treating painful sites, among other things.

Clove oil is made from cloves that start out as pink flower buds of an evergreen tree.  They are hand-picked, and the buds are dried until they turn brown. They are ground down, and the powder is used in cooking or made into an essential oil.



Clove oil is an essential oil that’s derived from clove trees. The clove tree, known as Syzygium aromaticum, is native to Southeast Asia, although today you may find it growing in other locations, too.

Clove oil is produced by distilling the dried flower buds that are collected from the clove tree. Other parts of the tree, such as the stem and leaves, may also be used.

Clove oil, which ranges in color from colorless to light yellow and has a strong, spicy aroma, has been used for centuries in a variety of applications.



Clove essential oil holds great importance traditionally, especially in East Asia. In Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used extensively. 

By the 17th century, clove gained recognition throughout the world. Apart from adding flavor and aroma to your curries and biryani, people use its oil, leaves, stems, and dried buds for various medicinal and health purposes.

For its high anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and stimulating properties, clove oil is a popular home remedy for various ailments. Here are some benefits you can reap by using clove oil.  

According to Dr. Ashutosh Gautam from Baidyanath, “Clove oil is one of the richest sources of antioxidants. In aromatherapy, it is used as an antiseptic and pain reliever, especially for toothaches and stomach pain.  It is often mixed with other oils to treat various disorders. For instance, those who have troubled sleep can apply some warm clove oil along with sesame oil on the forehead to feel calm and relaxed.”


  1. Skin and acne

Scientific research demonstrates clove oil’s ability to effectively kill off both the planktonic cells and biofilms of a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus or S. aureus. What does this have to do with skin health and, more specifically, acne? S. aureus is one of several strains of bacteria that have been scientifically linked with the pathogenesis of acne.

As a natural remedy to eliminate acne, take 3 drops clove oil and mix with 2 teaspoons raw honey. Mix together and wash your face as usual.


2. Candida

One of the most powerful clove oil uses is fighting candida — which is something that I have spoken of at length — and something that continues to plague Americans because of their high-sugar, acidic diets.

Published in the journal Oral Microbiology & Immunology, a study was conducted to see how clove fared against other antifungal treatments and observed that it was as effective as nystatin, a drug commonly prescribed to manage yeast infections of the mouth (thrush), which has a slew of ugly side effects.

3. Toothache

One of the most well-known clove oil uses, as a remedy for toothaches, was first documented in 1640 in the French “Practice of Physic,” although there is reason to believe that the Chinese were applying this homeopathic remedy for over 2,000 years.

Today, clove is widely accepted as a reliable solution for dry socket and for relieving the pain and discomfort associated with various dental disorders. The Journal of Dentistry, for instance, published a study in 2006 proving that clove essential oil had the same numbing effect as benzocaine, a topical agent commonly used before needle insertion.

4. Stress

Clove oil has a stimulating effect on the mind, and can help diminish fatigue and mental exhaustion. It has also been noted to help induce sleep and reduce insomnia, which is one of the symptoms of stress.

5. Fatigue

Clove oil is a good energy booster that helps thin the blood. This can help enhance your blood circulation system, and it also acts as a brain stimulator and cardiovascular tonic.

6. Hair tonic

Clove oil is said to stimulate the hair follicles, so if you want to thicken your hair why not give clove oil a try? Mix it with some olive oil and apply to the hair once or twice a week, massaging into the scalp.


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Cloves have a strong taste, often described as peppery, edgy rich and sweet. Eating a whole clove can actually numb or burn the palate, so it’s best to exercise caution. Similar to allspice, cloves contain eugenol, an essential oil which is the source of the aroma.

 Pairing spices

Allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, tamarind, turmeric.


Allspice can be substituted for cloves in many recipes

Some ideas, how to use clove buds/oil in your kitchen

Cloves can be used with other spices to create a number of spice blends for meats, curries and meat marinades. Cloves are popular in Asian, African and Middle Eastern cooking and are often used in the above dishes.

If you prefer to use cloves to create a sweet dish, try adding them to apples, pears or rhubarb.

Cloves are actually one of the main ingredients of the world famous Worcestershire sauce and they can be added to other ingredients to make pickles, sauces and chutneys.

Some other ideas include the following:

  • Stud onion with several cloves when making a homemade sauce, stock, broth, or stew.
  • Embed a few cloves into a piece of meat before cooking.
  • Add to cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage dishes, and this will aid digestion.
  • Use cloves to make bread sauce.
  • Use cloves to make mincemeat or a Christmas pudding.
  • Add ground cloves to biscuit or cake dough for a spicy-sweet treat.
  • Add to your mulled wine ingredients.
  • Use cloves in your apple sauce.
  • Add to stewed fruits such as apples or rhubarb.
  • Add to barbecue-style sauces.
  • Flavor soups with whole cloves.
  • Flavour boiled or fried rice with several cloves.
  • Use to make sweetbreads or muffins.
  • Add to pumpkin or sweet potato pie.
  • Add to curries and other spicy foods.
  • Add to rice pudding and other milk-based sweet dishes. (



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