Pumpkin pie, (or how about a homemade version of pumpkin spice lattes?), gingerbread cookies, Christmas smelly candles. These may be the first (and only) thoughts you have when clove is mentioned. But, as contributing writer Danielle shares in this post, clove has benefits far beyond its spicy, strong taste. It is an ancient remedy against a host of serious ills our society still faces today.
Cloves are actually the flower buds of a tropical evergreen tree. The pink flower buds bloom year round, and are picked and dried to yield the hard, brown cloves we use today. The interior flesh yields aromatic and healing oils. It is high in vitamins in minerals, mostly notably manganese. Just two teaspoons has over 120% of the daily value of this important mineral. Clove has been used in ancient societies for microbial infections and illnesses, as well as digestive issues.
7 Healthy Uses for Clove
1. Tooth pain and decay.
Back in the day, before the miracle of Novocaine, dentists used clove oil to limit pain during dental procedures. It is still used today in dental procedures as well as some throat sprays because of its anesthetic and antibacterial properties. Clove is also great to prevent decay, as its antibacterial properties target and kill bacteria in the mouth.
When my son teethed, the only, and I mean only thing that helped with the pain was clove essential oil. (Always use a pure, heavily diluted oil.) Nothing else would take the pain away! Likewise, you can use clove in tincture form, with this easy to make teething tincture.
Clove has also been shown to heal mouth ulcers and other pains.
2. Parasite Cleanse.
Possibly one of clove’s best uses is its ability to wipe out parasites, which can be very tricky to cleanse from the body. Cloves destroy the eggs left behind by parasites in the intestines.
Cloves have been found to kill over 60 types of bacteria (Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2004). Eugenol is the compound in cloves that is believed to produce its antimicrobial properties and the subject of many medical studies.
4. Headache Remedy.
Clove is inhaled or applied topically to the temples in oil form to relieve headaches, thanks to its antinflammatory properties.
Clove has shown to be a strong antifungal. Try it as an essential oil on a topical fungal ailment, and dried as a tea for internal fungal infections.
6. Assist Digestion.
Can increase the excretion of digestive enzymes, which are crucial to proper digestion of foods and absorption of vitamins and minerals.
7. Cancer Support.
With all treatments, you should use clove with caution, especially for little ones. Heavily dilute clove if you will use the essential oil form in a pure carrier oil. Use one drop of clove to two tablespoons of carrier oil. Test before use on children under two, and do not use clove oil on children under one in any dilution.
Do not use clove if you have serious digestive issues, and always ask your physician before adding an herbal treatment if you are under treatment or a medication.Clove also may slow blood clotting, so do not use if you have clotting issues or will undergo or have undergone recently surgery.
Cloves are also useful for cleaning, for its amazing, cleansing scent, and for baking. It can be used in its dried form, as an essential oil, and as a tincture.
Aromatic Cleansing Spray
Mix three cups of white vinegar with 1 teaspoon of dried, whole clove and 1 orange peel in a glass jar. Allow to sit for two weeks, then drain the solids out. Put the vinegar back into a spray bottle and use as an everyday cleaning spray.
Orange and Clove Home Scents
Oven/microwave – Place two cups of water in a glass jar. Add clove essential oil or dried clove, a cinnamon stick, and dried orange peels. Warm on the stove or in the microwave for a toxin-free home scent.
Oil warmer – Do you have those oil warmers (that you no longer use because you realized how toxic those ingredients were!)? You can still use them! Warm an ounce of pure beeswax and add 5 drops of orange and 2 drops of pure clove essential oil.
Kid-Approved Clove Cookies
Makes two dozen cookies
- 1 teaspoon of ground clove
- 1/2 cup of butter or coconut oil, warmed
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of almond (or 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of wheat flour)
- 2 tablespoons of raw, local honey
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- Mix the butter or coconut oil and egg. Slowly add the vanilla, honey, and clove. Sift the flour, then add to your mixture as you stir.
- Roll tablespoon size amount of the cookie mixture in your hand, and place on baking sheet. Use the bottom of a flat glass or jar to flatten the tops of the cookies.
- Place in a preheated 350 degree oven, and bake for 8 minutes. Remove, and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Clove is an essential ingredient in a natural, healthy home, and it makes for an amazing holiday scent and treat!