• I am going to be sharing different articles regarding to the Holiday aromas and its benefits. I love the aroma of Cloves.  
    Enjoy learning the properties of the Cloves~
    When you see a jar of cloves in your cupboard that you use for cooking, you probably don’t think of using clove oil to help cure athletes foot. However, clove oil can be used for this and many other medicinal purposes, including massage oils, mouthwash, relaxation aids and fever reducer.

Antibacterial

  • Clove oil has antibacterial properties that can be used in several ways. Minor scrapes and stings can benefit from clove oil, as the oil will prevent infection from forming in the bites or sores. When mixed with lemon oil and water, clove oil can be used as an antibacterial household cleaner; mix well and spray on counter tops, bathroom sinks or anywhere you need a good antibacterial spray.

Antimicrobial

  • Clove oil is an effective antimicrobial product. Using a couple of drops of clove oil in hand soap or lotion will eliminate the passing of germs. According to Candace Booth, who operates a natural health practice in Tavares, Florida, a few drops of clove oil in a tissue is useful when you’re on an airplane or in tight crowded places. When you find yourself in confined spots with many people, breath in the vapors on the tissue to prevent getting a cold or other virus.

Anti-Inflammatory

  • Tired and over worked muscles will benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of clove oil. Mix the oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba, or an unscented lotion, to make a massage cream. Clove oil is beneficial for those that suffer from bronchitis and asthma, as it relieves inflammation of the nasal passages and helps to thin mucus.

Anesthetic

  • This oil has been used for centuries by dentists to help relieve minor mouth irritation and reduce pain and swelling caused by infected teeth. Clove oil also works well to combat foul breath when used on gums and within mouthwash. Mix clove oil with water for a gargle that eases sore throat pain. For earaches, mix sesame and clove oils together.

Antifungal

  • Clove oil can be used to help treat people with fungal infections. Conditions such as toenail fungus and athlete’s foot can be improved by taking a clove oil capsule, and using the oil externally on the skin.

Aromatherapy

  • Clove oil is a natural stress reliever. Bobby Galluzzi, from the GNC in Collierville, Tennessee says that if you simmer clove oil and water on the stove, the scent will fill the house and stimulate your mind. The aroma of clove oil has been known to have a relaxing effect, and is beneficial for people with sleep disorders.

Who Should Avoid Clove Oil

Avoid clove oil if you have a known allergy to cloves, eugenol or Balsam of Peru. Talk to a doctor before using clove oil if you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, advises the University of Michigan Health System. Clove oil is not recommended for nursing mothers or children. Clove oil may have a blood-thinning effect; if you have a clotting disorder, don’t use clove oil without first consulting with your doctor. The NIH notes that when taken internally, clove oil may lower your blood sugar level. Use it cautiously if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/141663-clove-oil-safety/#ixzz1gXg4LDKL

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