Let's learn more about clove essential oil!
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: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.
Sources: Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 13th Edition, p. 64-65.
Saltwater makes a great mouthwash because the it alkalizes the mouth, creating an environment that stops the growth of bacteria. Additionally, saltwater is astringent and speeds wound healing by reducing inflammation and contracting the tissues. We included essential oils in our saltwater mouthwash because their antibacterial properties kill the existing bacteria and help freshen the breath.
Some good oils to use in a mouthwash include peppermint, melaleuca, orange, cinnamon, clove, lemon, myrrh, or an antibacterial blend. Try using a single oil or mixing a couple to create your own custom blend!