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Clove oil: Effect and correct application

by Josephine Andrews
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Cloves are not only used to flavor food and drinks, but also as a remedy: the clove oil they contain has been shown to relieve inflammation in the mouth and throat as well as toothache. Read more about the effect of cloves against toothache and Co.!

What is the effect of clove oil?

Cloves are the dried flower buds of the clove tree. The main ingredient in clove oil is the essential oil eugenol. His share is 75 to 85 percent. Clove oil is recognized as a traditional herbal medicine. It can effectively stop the growth of some bacteria and fungi.

Other ingredients in the cloves include flavonoids and tannins. Overall, the cloves have a germ-inhibiting (antiseptic), local anesthetic and antispasmodic effect.

What is clove oil used for?

Cloves have positive effects on health. Clove oil provides external relief for mild inflammation in the mouth and throat and temporarily for toothache caused by caries.

In folk medicine, other health problems have been treated with cloves or clove oil for centuries. These include acne, other skin conditions and insect bites. Studies have also shown that clove oil on the skin relieves itching and promotes healing.

There is also evidence that cloves can help with indigestion. The reason is the antispasmodic effect of eugenol.

In vitro studies further showed that clove oil can effectively kill cancer cells or stop their growth. However, more research is needed to examine the anti-cancer properties of clove oil.

There is no scientific evidence that cloves have an effect in these areas:

  • Psyche
  • Diabetes
  • blood pressure
  • hair loss

How are cloves used?

Clove oil and the eugenol isolated from it are used medicinally. The cloves themselves are also used as home remedies.

For example, if you have a toothache, you can put a whole clove in your mouth and hold it near the affected tooth or chew it lightly to release the essential oil. Later, spit out the clove. The ingredients of the carnation have, among other things, a disinfecting and slightly anesthetic effect, so that the sensation of pain decreases.

Pure clove oil is even more effective in relieving toothache. To do this, apply the undiluted oil to the painful tooth region with a cotton ball or cotton swab .

Diluted clove oil mouthwashes are also available: You can use these several times a day as a rinsing solution for mild inflammation of the mouth or throat and toothache.

Clove tea is suitable for stomach pain and colic. To do this, pour 150 milliliters of boiling water over two to three cloves and let the tea steep, covered, for ten minutes.

To keep insects away, you can put clove oil in an aroma lamp or place soaked cotton balls near you.

What side effects can cloves cause?

Undiluted clove oil can irritate tissue and cause allergic skin or mucous membrane reactions. Then you should dilute the clove oil or stop the treatment.

Rarely, allergic reactions to clove oil can occur. If you are unsure, apply only a small amount at first – for example on the underside of the arm. If there is no reddening of the skin after a few hours, you can use the oil.

Avoid clove oil if you have a bleeding disorder or have recently had major surgery. Clove oil is also not suitable for stomach ulcers.

If you take clove oil, there may be interactions with the following medications. These include:

  • anticoagulants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAO inhibitor)
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

What you should consider when using clove oil!

There are still no studies on the harmlessness of using clove oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Clove oil must never be used on small children!

This is how you get the cloves and their products

You can get cloves at any grocery store. You can find clove oil and medicated mouthwashes in your pharmacy or drugstore. For application and dosage, please read the package insert or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Buy pure clove essential oil whenever possible. Be sure to read the scientific name of clove oil on the product: Syzygium aromaticum. A synonym is Eugenia cariophylata.

Clove oil should also be in a dark bottle. The background is that light damages essential oil.

What are cloves?

Cloves (Caryophyllii flos) are often colloquially called simply cloves. It is the dried flower buds of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum). The evergreen tree belongs to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). It originally comes from New Guinea and is now cultivated in many tropical countries.

Up to 20 meters high, the clove tree has leathery, shiny leaves and whitish-pink flowers. The dried flower buds, which are sold as cloves, come from Madagascar, Sri Lanka and South America, for example. Clove oil mostly comes from Madagascar, Indonesia and Tanzania.

If you rub a clove between your fingers, it exudes the typical aromatic clove scent. This is caused by the essential oil (clove oil, Caryophylli floris aetheroleum), which is also responsible for the healing effects.

Cloves are a popular kitchen spice. For example, it flavors gingerbread, fruit dishes, game dishes and mulled wine. Cloves can also be found powdered in various spice mixtures.

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