Throughout the holiday season we catch the scent of many a beloved smell such as pine, orange, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and clove. However we don’t always know exactly what these amazing scents do for us. Were you aware that plants had amazing therapeutic properties when used in essential oil form? Indeed they do and in fact the levels of healing are endless when it comes to essential oils. Anything from frankincense oil to sweet orange oil has an incredible amount of healing abilities. This is great considering all of these plants are used in high concentrations throughout the holiday seasons, particularly cloves. As soon as late summer hits, people start to bring out anything clove. Nothing says autumn or winter like the smell of cloves. Perhaps it’s either in the desserts we eat or the teas we drink, whatever way, we love to experience the smell and taste of cloves. Knowing that plants have amazing healing powers when extracted and contained in an essential oil, it makes you curious about what exactly those powerful properties are. Let’s take a look at what clove can do you for you.
1. Clove is probably the most well known for its warming effect. That is why we can’t wait to clove out once the sun starts whispering about autumn. Because of this, clove is actually quite healing for anyone with any nerve pain, rheumatism or any other inflammatory issue like arthritis. However if you are going to use clove topically, you want to be very careful and read specific instructions.
2. Clove helps you by warming your heart. It’s spicy which means that it acts as an antibacterial and antifungal essential oil.
3. It can help ease a wide array of pain specifically when talking about pain in the mouth.
4. Clove can be used as an anesthetic.
5. It helps to boost your immune system. Try clove bud during cold and flu season to help fight your sickness before it starts.
6. If you should be experiencing any indigestion or stomach pain, you can add clove to a lotion or carrier oil and massage on your belly.
7. In terms of dental pain, you can use the same lotion or carrier oil and massage your jaw.
8. Use this same lotion or oil to massage over joints that are causing you pain.
Who knew that clove bud had so many uses? Remember to be careful when using clove. The recommended use is 0.5% topically. You would also want to check with your doctor before ingesting too much clove as it could possibly interact with any drugs you are taking. It may also act as a blood thinner and should certainly not be taken in conjunction with other blood thinners. Be mindful of drinking while using clove and also ask your doctor about use if you are nursing or pregnant.
With that said, clove is one of the most useful and beloved of all essential oils. Be sure to buy an oil diffuser to make your house smell festive for the holidays and to bring the warmth into your home during the cold.