Clove is an incredible flavor in cooking, but it also creates a feeling of protection and courage, is a mental stimulant, and influences healing. Steam distilled from the bud and stem, Clove has historically been used for toothaches, digestive and intestinal issues, childbirth and skin infections. The Chinese also used it for bad breath and bronchitis, diarrhea and hernia. And the French have also used it for pain, plague, infected wounds, memory deficiency, and impotence.
Affecting the Cardiovascular, Digestive, Immune, and Respiratory Systems, Clove is used for skin infections, digestive upsets, intestinal parasites, childbirth, and most notable for toothaches. The Chinese also used cloves for diarrhea, hernia, bad breath and bronchitis, impotence, intestinal parasites, memory deficiency, pain, plague, wounds (infected). In addition to these treatments, Clove can be used as a drawing salve, pulling infection from tissues.
Clove’s spicy, warm, woody scent can be diffused to stimulate memory and influence healing, but be cautious because it can irritate nasal membranes. When applied topically, dilute the oil with fractionated coconut oil 1 drop oil to 1 drop oil before applying to reflex points or area of concern. Be cautious of extreme contact sensitization if used too much and especially cautious during pregnancy. Oral application can be applied three ways: rubbed directly around infected tooth, placed on tongue with finger to remove desire to smoke, and/or placed on back of tongue to fight cough sensation. This can be taken in a capsule or diluted with 1 tsp honey or in 4 oz of beverage.
Clove blends well with basil, ylang ylang, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, grapefruit, cinnamon, bergamot, rosemary, and clary sage. Its powerful antioxidant properties aid in supporting cardiovascular health.