Clove oil is extracted from the dry flower buds of clove. Clove is an immature flower bud of a clove plant. Clove is a spice used in cooking as well as for preparing the medicine. Clove is native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia. Clove and clove oil have anesthetic, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and stimulating properties.
The color of clove oil is depending upon the processing of manufacturing, from pale yellow to golden brown. Clove oil has a spicy fragrance and commonly used as a fragrance and flavoring agent. Clove oil has many nutrient substances like phenylpropanoids and eugenol. Clove oil also has bioactive compounds such as thymol, carvacrol, and cinnamaldehyde. Clove oil is also the richest source of antioxidants.
Clove oil has many health benefits such as, it cures skin diseases, provide oral health, free from indigestion, cure cough, and asthma, relieving stress and depression, purify the blood, sleep inducer, etc. so clove oil is a storehouse of health benefits.
Botanical Name: Syzygium aromaticum
In the 13th - 14th centuries, cloves were transported all the way from Indonesia to China, India, Persia, Africa and Europe. Cloves are one of the spices which are grown in Asian countries like Indonesia, India, Pakistan and even areas of East Africa.
Variety of clove oil is depending upon which part is involved in preparing oil and processing of manufacturing.
Provide a strong immune system
Clove oil is rich in antioxidants. It can fight with free radicals and remove them from the body. Because free radicals are the main cause of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, liver diseases etc.
Clove oil enhances the power of the immune system by increasing the white blood cells in the blood, which is the natural fighter of the body. Clove oil also works as a blood purifier and boost blood circulation. Blood purification can remove the toxins and foreign bodies from the blood as well as increasing the level of antioxidants.
MAIN THING: The antioxidant property of clove oil can help in boosting the power of the immune system.
Clove and clove oil is used in the preparation of toothpaste as well as in many types of mouthwash because of clove oil has germicidal property.
Clove oil is rich in Eugenol. Germicidal effect of eugenol can fight with oral problems such as dental pain, sore gums, gingivitis, mouth ulcer etc. It also removes the bad breath because of its strong aromatic properties.
Clove oil also has anesthetic properties. This property can reduce pain such as tooth pain, sore gums and mouth ulcers.
MAIN THING: The germicidal property of clove can provide oral hygiene.
Decrease the digestive disturbances
Clove oil can improve digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes. Clove oil is good for reducing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia, nausea, chronic diarrhea, stomach ulcer and dysentery.
Clove oil can produce enzymes that are necessary for the protection of the stomach lining. When the stomach lining is distracted it can produce many stomach problems including stomach ulcers. Stomach ulcer due to stress, infection and genetic causes. So clove oil has also removed the cause and maintain the enzymatic secretion. Gastric mucosa functions as a barrier and helps prevent erosion of the stomach lining from digestive acids.
Clove oil is also good for pregnant women because it can reduce nausea and morning sickness.
MAIN THING: Clove aids healthy digestion and treat digestion-related problems like motion sickness, indigestion, hiccups and flatulence.
Clove oil is rich in eugenol. Eugenol has stimulant properties. It can stimulate blood circulation and provide blood to the cells of the skin. It removes free radicals and decreases the sign of aging such as wrinkles, scars, blemishes etc.
Clove oil is used in face wash because it gives moisturizer to the skin. It can also treat warts, shingles, prickly heat, scars etc.
Clove oil has anti-fungal properties. So it is also fighting with fungal infection. It can give protection against skin diseases such as eczema, toenail infection or onychomycosis, jock itch, ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores, etc.
MAIN THING: clove oil has eugenol, It has antibacterial properties. It can fight with bacterial infection of the skin.
Fight with infections
Clove oil has anti-bacterial properties. It has been protecting against bacterial infection in the body by stopping the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. Clove oil is rich in essential oil which is effective at killing off common types of bacteria, like E.coli. E. coli is the cause of many stomach problems so indirectly clove oil is good for stomach problems.
The anti-bacterial property of clove oil is also killing the bacteria which are the cause of gum disease or oral disease. Because of the antibacterial property of clove oil, it can be used in many toothpaste or mouth wash to provide oral hygiene and gives protection against oral disease.
MAIN THING: Clove oil also fights with respiratory infections such as cold, cough, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis etc.
Blood sugar controller
Clove oil is also helpful in blood sugar control. Nigericin in clove oil is work on blood sugar level and increase the uptake of sugar from the blood by cells. It also increases the secretion of insulin, which is necessary for blood sugar control. Insulin is a hormone responsible for transporting sugar from the blood into cells. The proper functioning of insulin is essential for maintaining steady blood sugar levels.
Researchers found that pure clove oil maintains blood insulin levels and help to treat the diabetes
MAIN THING: Clove oil can help in the production of insulin and help in sugar control so it is good for a person who suffers from diabetes.
Cancer curing capacity
Clove oil is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants in clove oil are work as a protector because it reduces free radical and slow the aging process and prevent cancer because of free radicals in the body is the main reason for cancer.
Clove oil can help protect against cancer by stopping the growth of tumors and promoted cell death in cancer cells. Clove oil has eugenol which has anti-cancer properties. Eugenol effectively promoted cell death in cervical cancer and esophageal cancer cells.
One study published in journal, Bioactive component in Clove oil is called oleanolic acid which has an anti-tumor or chemopreventive property that can remove the free radicals from the body. Free radicals increase oxidative stress and oxidative stress can produce cancer cells. To remove free radicals from the body can prevent cancer.
MAIN THING: Due to anti-oxidant activities and the oleanolic acid, a bioactive component found in clove oil helps lower the risk of cancerous growth and prevent cancer.
Eugenol is the main compound of clove oil. Eugenol is beneficial for the liver because it works as a detoxificant agent. Clove oil can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the liver and improved liver function.
Many studies found that Clove oil has Coumpounds that decreases the risk of cirrhosis of the liver by reverse the sign of liver cirrhosis or scarring of the liver.
Clove oil is also high in antioxidants, which may help prevent liver disease due to its ability to help decrease oxidative stress. When oxidative stress in the body is diminished, the level of free radicals is also decreased and the low levels of free radicals can prevent chronic disease in the body especially liver disease.
MAIN THING: Bioactive compounds in clove oil can help promote liver health and prevent fatty liver disease and reverse signs of liver cirrhosis.
Bleeding disorder: Clove oil is work as a natural blood thinner and also interfere in blood clotting so if someone suffering from the bleeding disorder, do not take clove oil it can prove fatal.
Diabetes: Clove oil can lower blood sugar so if someone who suffers from diabetes and already taken medicine, do not consume clove oil without guidance of a medical practitioner.
Surgery: Clove oil might prolong bleeding. So stop taking clove oil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Allergy: clove oil in excessive amounts can produce allergy due to the eugenol.
Selection and Storage
Select the oil that can full of nutrients. During choosing of oil also look for the color of oil, the odor of oil and the quality of oil as well as content present in the oil.
Always buy oil at the supermarket where the good and fresh quality is available.
Store the oil in a clean, dry and airtight container. Keep in a cool and dry place away from humid weather.