Tips for using clove and clove essential oil in herbal medicine, home remedies, and aromatherapy

The wonderful aroma of clove is warm and exotic. Use clove essential oil in aromatherapy to uplift the mind and spirit. The taste of cloves adds interest to everything from bread to pumpkin pie. Use ground cloves to flavor cookies and spicy stews. Clove is used in herbal medicine to help stop toothache and bring up phlegm from the lungs. Powdered cloves makes a tasty herbal tea that is warming and helps fight infection.

A spoonful of whole cloves
Spoonful of whole cloves -- photo courtesy of

Cloves are used in aromatherapy, in favorite recipes, and in herbal medicine.

Clove essential oil numbs the gums.

Clove essential oil is derived from the buds of the clove tree. Several parts of the clove plant are used in herbal medicine including the oils, dried flower buds, leaves, and stems. Clove essential oil is strong medicine so use with caution. SInce clove essential oil has a numbing effect on the gums, it is often used to relieve toothache pain and should be kept in every medicine cabinet.

Clove - home remedy for nausea

It is also used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting. Clove essential oil can be used when treating colds, flu, and stomach virus. Clove oil is very antiseptic and has lots of antioxidants that build immunity and fight off infection. Powdered cloves make a good tea but should only be used in moderation.

Cloves help lungs get rid of phlegm.

Cloves are an excellent expectorant! Sip clove tea and inhale the vapors. Try to relax. This can really help bronchitis and other lung ailments where mucus is present. Cloves also helps keep the liver in good health. Cloves are full of healthy antioxidants!

Clove essential oil stimulates the mind and spirit.

When inhaled, clove essential oil acts as a stimulant to the body and mind. It also rejuvenates the spirit. Cloves are also good for patients in the early stages of lung cancer and can help regulate a diabetic's blood sugar levels. Studies show that cloves can stop cells from mutating. A wonderful spice in the kitchen, cloves is exotic and full of mystery.

Cloves are used in many products.

Clove is used in breath mints, mouthwash, soap, perfume, cosmetics, and other herbal products. Cloves are best known for use in the kitchen. Whole cloves can be used as pins to attach slices of pineapple to baked ham. Yummy.

Cloves repel ants.

Cloves are an effective ant repellant. MIx with water and spray or sprinkle in ant trails.

Clove trees are native to Indonesia's Spice Islands.

Cloves have been part of the spice trade for hundreds of years. Some clove trees are known to be over 300 years old. Read about Afo -- the oldest clove tree which grows 6,000 foot above sea level.

* Do not give cloves to children under three. Clove essential oil should only be used in moderation and only for two weeks at a time. Avoid clove oil when pregnant. Dilute before using. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a professional aromatherapist -- although a drop or two of clove essential oil may be added to cake batters and other foods -- this does not mean that it is safe to consume other essential oils. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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