We often associate the sweet pungent aroma of cloves with the holiday season, but few people ever consider its therapeutic properties.† Essential oil of clove can be used for a whole range of purposes, including:† pain relief, and killing fungi and viruses.
Clove essential oil’s is best known for its ability to alleviate toothaches, making it a common ingredient in natural toothpaste and mouthwash.† Additionally, it is often added to liniment and massage oils since it component, eugenol, has anti-pain properties.
Candida Infections and Athleteís Foot
Recent research in the journal Mycoses demonstrates clove oilís antifungal properties and supports its use on athleteís foot.† Additional research shows that it is effective against a wide variety of other fungi, including candida and vaginal yeast infections.
This potent aromatherapy oil has also been shown in studies to halt reproduction of the herpes viruses including those linked to cold sores and shingles.
Because it is a potent oil and can be irritating to mucous membranes and the skin, it should always be diluted in a carrier oil like sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil (about 3 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil).† Also, be sure to do a test patch on the inside of your arm and wait for 24 or 48 hours to be sure you arenít sensitive to the oil.
Michelle Schoffro Cook