What Is Clove Bud Oil?
During the time of ancient Greeks and Romans, this plant oil was used to relieve toothaches and to combat bad breath.2 Its presence was also found in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine with the same purpose.
Today, clove bud oil is known for its benefits to oral health. This essential oil, which has been approved as a dental anesthetic mouthwash and gargle, can help relieve toothaches, as well as help fight mouth and throat infections. It is also added to pharmaceutical and dental products.
Benefits of Clove Oil
Clove oil owes much of its health benefits to eugenol, which make up to 90 percent of the oil. This compound provides potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits and is also responsible for preventing cloves from spoiling.
Thanks to this chemical compound, this plant oil is very effective against dental pain, sore gums, mouth ulcers, cavities and bad breath. It is because of the compound that clove oil, as well as other spice oils that contain eugenol (like cinnamon, basil and nutmeg oils), are added to dental products, insect repellents, perfumes, foods and even pharmaceutical products.
Eugenol also causes clove oil to have stimulating and warming properties, which make it a popular choice among aromatherapy practitioners. Part of its list of benefits is its ability to aid in stimulating your metabolism by helping improve your blood circulation and lowering your body temperature.
It can also contribute to your digestive health and help address problems like hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness and excess gas. Apart from helping support your metabolism, clove bud oil can also help relieve stress and help lessen mental exhaustion. Some use it to tackle neural health problems, such as depression and anxiety. The oil can also work as an aphrodisiac and treatment for insomnia.
Is Clove Oil Safe?
Using this oil undiluted can lead to serious skin problems. To prevent this from happening, I suggest you dilute clove bud oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil or olive oil. If you’d like to apply it topically, check first for allergic reactions. Perform a skin test or apply a drop on your skin and observe for any side effects.
Pregnant and nursing women should use caution when using clove oil. Children should be kept away from this oil because of potential intestinal discomfort. It is best to steer clear of any clove product if you are allergic.