Oil Of Clove

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Oil of Clove

By Rizwan Qureshi

Oil of Clove PlantClove oil is one of the most remarkable oils that our Creator has gifted to all of mankind to overcome certain maladies that afflict us quite so often and require intervention. There is a tremendous amount of useful information which I am summarizing here in non-technical terms for everyone to understand.

Cloves are the dried flower buds and come from the evergreen clove tree. This plant thrives in tropical climates such as the islands of Indonesia, Sumatra, India, Brazil, Jamaica and the West Indies.

Antimicrobial Activities of Clove Oil

In a scientific publication [1], the effects of clove oil extract and clove oil as a natural antimicrobial agent on some food spoilage bacteria was carried out. The antibacterial activity of clove oil & its extract was tested against ten different bacteria and seven fungi. Clove oil performed better as an anti-pathogen as compared to its extract counterpart by inhibiting both bacteria & fungi. The oil was found to be very effective against Staphylococcus Oil of Clovebacteria. Amongst the fungi, Aspergillus niger (black mold) was found to be highly sensitive to the oil. The food industry uses Sodium propionate as a standard food preservative, but Clove oil was found to be more effective as compared to both clove extract & sodium propionate. The main goal of this study is to show that clove oil should be used as food bio-preservative.

Clove Oil and Health Benefits

There are numerous benefits associated with using this essential oil. I will enumerate the most common ones here.

Dental Health

It contains eugenol, the main active ingredient, which is a powerful antifungal, anesthetic, antibacterial and antiseptic healing compound. An all-rounder in the true sense. Clove oil is renowned in Ayurvedic medicine as an effective treatment for toothaches for centuries. Clove oil existed long before the arrival of drug companies. Even today, clove oil is being used in some kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes. For numbing tooth pain, even modern science admits that clove oil works the same as the chemical-based anesthetic like benzocaine, which unlike clove oil can have serious, life-threatening adverse effects (e.g., seizures, coma, irregular heart beat, respiratory depression). Clove oil also helps to eliminate bad breath. In India, to treat tooth cavities, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and applied on the decaying tooth every night before going to sleep. Eugenol would kill the pathogens giving the tooth a chance to replenish in a matter of a few days. This treatment is worthwhile trying!

Digestive Health

Traditionally in Pakistan, clove has been effective for the treatment of stomach-related problems such as indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. Therefore, clove is one of the most important spices added to many Indian dishes. As stated previously, the main ingredient eugenol, addresses such ailments of the alimentary canal.

Skin Health

When applied topically, clove buds can help address skin problems like warts, acne, sagging skin, and wrinkles. However, caution should be taken in the case of individuals with skin sensitivities. Dilution with carrier oils such as olive oil, castor oil or avocado oil is always recommended.

Respiratory Health

It is also used as an expectorant to clear the nasal passages. The treatment can be applied for coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis. Use a few drops of clove bud oil in water and steam-inhale to loosen phlegm.

Immune Support

It is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin K and dietary fiber, and a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium. Manganese is vital for metabolism, contributes enzymes, promotes bone strength, and also adds to clove’s high ORAC antioxidant value.

Clove is high in fiber, Omega-3 as well as many phytonutrients that enhance the immune system. Clove greatly boosts humoral immunity. Research carried out in this aspect of clove can be found here [3].

Brain Health

Clove oil is also known for its aphrodisiac quality and thus can relieve stress. It can stimulate the mind and remove exhaustion and fatigue when appropriate amounts are ingested. However, please make sure to get only the therapeutic grade of oil. It also induces sleep and helps patients suffering from insomnia.

It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent due to flavonoids as part of its constituents. Topical application to the temples and neck will ease the inflammation that could be the cause of headaches. Not to mention, clove oil is used as a pain reliever like joints and overworked muscles, for the relief from inflammations and swellings causing pain.

Side Effects of Clove Bud Oil

While it is true that there are many health benefits associated with clove and its oil, but beginners should use great caution and use clove oil in moderation. Eugenol may induce allergic reactions and should only be taken in moderation.

References

[1] Comparison Of Antimicrobial Activities Of Clove Oil & Its Extract On Some Food Borne Microbes

[2] Essential Oil: Production for Health Care in Current Scenario

[3] Essential oil of clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) augments the humoral immune response but decreases cell-mediated immunity.

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