Historians believe that clove was one of the first spices to be traded, based on discovering cloves in ancient ships that were dated as far back as 1721 BC. Cloves are found in ancient Roman text and they are documented in Chinese history as early as 226 BC, where the Emperor commanded that anyone speaking to him must chew on a clove in case of bad breath. According to the books of Ayurveda, Clove bud oil is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties. The oil is extracted from the flowers of the tropical clove plant
Clove oil today has many of the same medicinal uses that it has for centuries. One of the main ways that it is used is in dentistry though the way that it is used has changed. At one time, clove oil was used to numb and disinfect specific areas of the gums where an injection containing anesthetic was needed to prepare a patient for a dental procedure. Now it is used on a tooth only for toothache and not in gums and never swallowed. Generally should be mixed with coconut oil but some people may find it irritating.
Blends well with: Orange, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Ginger, and Cinnamon.
How to use:
- For massage, add 5-10 drops of clove oil in carrier oil, such as jojoba oil.
- Add a few drops to a diffuser to clear the air.
Cautions & contraindications:
External use only. Do not use undiluted. Avoid eye area and if epileptic or pregnant. Information provided does not substitute for professional advice and care.
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