Cloves, like most botanicals, have seemingly been around forever. Throughout history cloves were used for skin infections, digestive issues, in childbirth, and probably most notably for mouth pain.
Children: Clove oil is often used for teething pain in babies. I’ve seen it recommended over and over again, and I even sold a teething relief blend in my Etsy shop with clove oil in it. After researching the safety of this oil, I found that because of its potency this oil should not be used on children under 2. For children over 2 years old, dilute one drop of clove oil with 2-3 teaspoons of a carrier oil (coconut oil or lotion).
Pregnancy: Use with caution, only when needed and no other oils can help, and dilute one drop of clove oil with 1-2 teaspoons of a carrier oil.
Adults: Because of its potency, clove oil should never be applied NEAT (undiluted) even on adults. One drop of clove oil should be diluted with 1/2-1 teaspoon of a carrier oil.
Further information on safety and dilution of other oils can be found in this book.
Uses for Clove Essential Oil
Now that we know a little more about the safety in using essential oils, let’s talk about how we can really enjoy and benefit from this amazing, God-given gift.
While clove oil may not be the best option for a teething baby, it can be very beneficial for adults suffering from pain from dental work, cavity, or other tooth/gum pain. For cavities add one drop of clove oil to half a cotton ball, place on tooth and bite down. Leave for 5+minutes. For general mouth pain, add one drop to a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and swish in mouth for at least 2 minutes. Swishing can also help with bad breath!
Clove is among the immune-boosting oils in doTERRA’s OnGuard blend due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can also get my Assist Immunity Boosting Blend here, which includes OnGuard, Lemon, Melaleauca, and Thyme oils.
Stomach issues ranging from nausea, indigestion, gas and diarrhea may all be lessened by using clove essential oil. Rub the diluted oil over the abdomen or inhale from cupped hands for at least 2 minutes.
Clove oil when applied topically can help with acne, earaches and other skin “issues” like blemishes and wrinkles. It can be found in a lot of skincare products promoting anti-aging properties.
The range of uses for clove oil is wide, just keep in mind some of the precautions when using this “hot” oil. Our favorite way to use this oil? In the cologne I make for my husband! Purchase therapeutic grade essential oil here or message me for details on how to get 25% off these amazing oils.