Clove essential oil is steam distilled from the bud and stem of the Myrtaceae. Its spicy, warm, and woody aroma is said to be a mental stimulant.
Historically, clove was used for skin infections, digestive upsets, intestinal parasites, hernia, childbirth, and toothaches.
The French use clove for impotence, intestinal parasites, memory deficiency, pain, plague, toothache, and wounds. The Chinese also use cloves for diarrhea, hernia, bad breath, and bronchitis.
Clove oil is believed to support the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and respiratory systems. It may also be used to treat arthritis, insect bites, rheumatism, and warts. Clove is known to have antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
Used aromatically, clove may influence healing, improve memory, and create a feeling of courage. It is regarded as safe for human consumption by the FDA and can be taken internally or used topically.
To learn more about clove essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.
Sources: Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 52.
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