Clove is a wonderful digestive oil and can be added to blends that are massaged into the abdomen to assist digestion

Clove has a strong character and can be used to emotionally support someone who is feeling weak and in need of more energy. Its spicy, warm aroma lends itself to an uplifting effect when used in a blend.

Awesome for toothache pain relief!

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Bud
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Chemical Family: Phenols
Country of Origin: Zanzibar
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Spicy, sweet, warm and radiant
Note Classification: Middle



Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Warms mind and body
  • Promotes self-assurance
  • Spicy!

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antiseptic – Excellent antiseptic properties because of the high proportion of Eugenol
  • Analgesic – Numbs pain
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-infectious- Assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-rheumatic – Prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain and swelling
  • Antiviral – Inhibits growth of the herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2*
  • Bactericidal – Destructive to bacteria
  • Carminative/tonic – Settles digestion and may assist in preventing gas
  • Warming


  • The dental value of cloves is well known. The oil has a minor anesthetic effect. A cotton bud dipped in the undiluted oil and applied to the surface of the aching tooth and surrounding tissue or, if possible, inserted directly into the cavity will alleviate the pain for several hours. I have used this on ulcers in the mouth with great results. Clove oil has been long used as a local analgesic for toothache. Eugenol, like other phenols, acts to depress sensory receptors involved in pain perception. The mechanism of action involves a pronounced inhibition of prostaglandin biosynthesis resulting from blockages of the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways.
  • Great for diffusing!


Clove is high in a component called Eugenol, a Phenol. Phenols are considered to be the most irritating components to the skin and mucous membranes and can cause dermatitis and sensitization. If phenols are present in high concentrations in an essential oil, that oil should be used in very low dilutions on the skin (1% in a carrier) and for short periods of time. They are generally not safe for the skin in a bath. Phenols high oils are not used with babies and children.

Robert Tisserand, in his book Essential Oil Safety, states that oils high in eugenol should be used with caution on those with impaired liver function.

Do not use eugenol high oils (like Clove) with people who have clotting disorders, as eugenol is an anticoagulant.

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