The Clove is an evergreen tree that produces a flower bud with a lot of medically beneficial properties. The flower bud is better known as the Clove bud. It has a shaft and head, which is why it is called Clavus in Latin, meaning nail.
It was used a lot in ancient civilizations from India and China, until it spread to different parts of the world, including Europe in the seventh and eighth centuries. It is still being used now in a couple of dishes from India and China.
It has minerals such as vitamins A and C, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and calcium.
Benefits of the Clove Essential Oil
The most well known use of clove oil is for oral care. It is very effective in relieving toothache, sore gums, and mouth ulcers. The oil, when gargled, can ease throat pain and irritation.
The smell of the clove oil can eliminate bad breath.
It is effective in fighting against cavities.
It is usually a main ingredient in dental care products such as toothpaste, mouth wash, etc.
Sometimes, dentists use the oil with zinc oxide to use as an alternative to a root canal.
It can be used as a soothing balm for babies who are teething.
It can lessen the signs of aging on the skin and reduce wrinkles.
It can rejuvenate the face because it has stimulating properties which can improve blood circulation, making the skin look young and fresh.
Clove and clove oil are known to be very effective for boosting the immune system. The antioxidants that can be found in clove essential oil can eliminate dangerous substances from the body, that can cause heart disease or cancer.
The oil is very strong and can bring a burning sensation inside the mouth if not used properly.