Clove Essential Oil Uses, Remedies, Side Effects, Ayurveda Details

Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

Introduction

Clove is an evergreen tree. It produces flower bud often called clove bud, which has abundant medicinal properties. History reveals that Clove was extensively used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations. During the 7th and 8th centuries the use of clove spread to other parts of the world including Europe. Clove is widely used in Indian and Chinese cuisines. 

Benefits of clove and clove essential oil can be attributed to the richness of minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and hydrochloric acid, vitamins A and C in clove.

In addition to being a proven anti-inflammatory medicine, clove essential oil is commonly used as an antiseptic for oral infections and as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent to tackle many diseases.

Clove Essential Oil is obtained from the buds or flower of Clove. Just like clove, clove essential oil also has many health benefits and has been extensively used over a period of time in dental care. These benefits can be attributed to its multidimensional properties. Clove essential oil has the below mentioned properties –

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Stimulating

Among many health benefits, clove essential oil is used in treating wide variety of health issues including –

  • Skin diseases
  • Toothache
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Indigestion
  • Stress
  • Blood impurities

Clove and Tooth – Clove and clove oil has been traditionally used for tooth care since ages apart from their other benefits. Clove essential oil is an essential part and ingredient of many toothpastes, mouthwashes and oral care medications.

Eugenic oil

Eugenic oil is an essential oil of clove oil. It is pale, yellow or colorless liquid that can be separated from clove oil. It is found in the essential oil of cinnamon and bay leaf. It is also known as Eugenol. It is used as an anesthetic and antiseptic. It can be harmful to the liver when taken in large quantities. Therefore it should be cautiously taken and should be diluted with other oils and its concentration reduced before usage.
Read related: Clove And Clove Oil Benefits, Usage, Dose – Complete Ayurveda Details

Health benefits

Health Benefits of Clove Essential Oil

Dental Care
Whenever we think of clove or clove essential oil we definitely correlate it with dental care. Clove oil is highly used in dental and oral care.

Germicidal – Clove essential oil has germicidal properties. It destroys the germs in the mouth, teeth and gums.

Relieves toothache – Owing to the germicidal property, the clove essential oil effectively relieves toothache, gum pain and ulcers occurring in the mouth (stomatitis). Its essential ingredient eugenol has been extensively used in dentistry over a period of time.

Gargle – Clove essential oil gargle helps ease throat irritation, sore throat and throat pain. It also eliminates bad breath of the mouth. Gargle with clove oil in warm water helps improve dental hygiene, reduces inflammation and pain. It is effective for throat pain from acid reflux, bacterial and viral infections like strep throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis etc. Dissolve 1 teaspoon full of salt in a cup of warm water. Add 3 drops of clove essential oil to it. Mix thoroughly. Gargle with this solution 2-3 times a day.

Tooth cavities – When there are painful cavities in the tooth, a small sterile cotton ball dipped in or added with clove essential oil is put in the cavity. This relieves pain related to cavities and dental caries.

Ingredient of dental products – Clove essential oil is an important ingredient of many dental products and medications including mouthwashes and toothpastes.

Tooth filling – A mixture of clove essential oil and zinc oxide is used as a tooth filling material as a temporary alternative to root canal by dentists.

Soothing clove balm – Recently clove essential oil is used in the form of soothing balm on infants who are teething. It is applied on baby’s gums in extremely diluted form. The antiseptic and soothing qualities of the clove oil eases the pain and discomfort related to teething in infants.

Mouth ulcers – Clove essential oil is a good relief for mouth ulcers. It also heals the inflammation of gums, or gingivitis, resulting from bacterial infections. This property can be attributed to the anesthetic effect of the clove oil and also the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action of eugenol and other phenolic compounds in the essential oil.

The ‘Journal of Dentistry’ published a study in 2006 proving that clove essential oil had the same numbing effect as bezocaine. The Indian Department of Public Health Dentistry recently conducted a study that evaluated clove’s ability to slow down tooth calcification (dental erosion) compared to eugenol, eugenyl-acetate, fluoride and a control group. Clove oil not only decreased decalcification, it actually re-mineralized the teeth.

Clove oil for Skin Care

Clove essential oil is good for skin. It is recommended for patients suffering from acne. It is an ingredient of many anti-ageing products. It lessens the effects of ageing on skin like wrinkles and sagging skin. It is also included in face rejuvenation products especially those used for eyes, owing to its rejuvenating and stimulating properties. It enhances blood flow under the unhealthy skin and makes it look young.

According to researchers from University of Buenos Aires, clove essential oil has greatest anti-microbial ability over E. coli and considerable activity against Staph aureus, chief organism which causes acne and also against Pseudomonas aeruginosa which causes pneumonia.

A mixture of 3 drops of clove essential oil and 2 teaspoon full of raw honey can be used as face wash to get rid of acne.

Mix one drop of clove essential oil in 1 tablespoon of slightly warmed coconut oil. Apply this on the face and give a gentle massage with your fingertips. Clove oil will penetrate deep into the skin pores and clear out the infection.

Clove essential oil for Candida

Clove essential oil is highly effective against candida. According to a study published in the journal ‘Oral Microbiology and Immunology’, clove essential oil was shown to be effective as an anti-fungal agent, as effective as nystatin (drug commonly prescribed to manage yeast infections of mouth, commonly called as thrush). For Candida cleanse one should take clove essential oil internally for 2 weeks but should be done under the supervision of a physician and nutritionist. Along with this good quantities of pro-biotic rich foods should be consumed. Processed sugar and grains should be kept away.

The oil is used to combat fungal infections caused by yeast including vaginal and oral candidiasis.

Mix 10 drops of clove oil in 2 tablespoon of coconut oil and apply this as antifungal mouth paint. It can also be used topically for fungal infections anywhere in the skin.

Immune Boosting

Clove and clove essential oil are best at boosting the immunity and immune system. One can get immunity to wide array of diseases because of the antioxidants in the clove essential oil. This destroys the free radicals which are dangerous for health and are causative of many diseases including heart problems and some type of cancers. The antiviral properties and blood purifying ability of clove essential oil also contribute towards the immune boosting action of the clove oil.

Antioxidant

Ground clove is said to have astounding ORAC value of 290,283 units. It means that 1 gram clove contains 30x more anti-oxidants than blueberries which have a value of 9,621. Being rich in anti-oxidant property, clove essential oil slows down ageing process, degeneration and provide protection against bad bacteria and viruses. Clove oil was one of the ingredients of the main essential oils that protected people from getting the Bubonic Plague in Europe.

Clove oil for stress

Clove essential oil is excellent remedy for stress. This benefit can be attributed to the aphrodisiac property of clove essential oil. Clove essential oil has stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and mental fatigue which are part and parcel and many times causative of stress. When taken orally in proper quantity, clove essential oil helps refresh the mind and stimulates the brain function. It also induces sleep and thus a good remedy for patients suffering from insomnia. Apart from this, clove essential oil is helpful in treating the neurological disorders including memory loss, anxiety and depression.

Combats Fatigue

Clove essential oil is an energy booster. It reduces platelet aggregation. This makes the blood thinner. This in turn improves the blood circulation. The oil acts as a cardiovascular tonic and brain stimulator. It helps in combating both physical fatigue and mental fatigue. For this purpose, it is used in aromatherapy.

Use clove essential oil in a diffuser, or applies a drop or two diluted with a teaspoon of carrier oil on reflex points. Add few drops of the oil in bathwater to relieve muscle fatigue after an exhausting day.

Relieves Headache

Clove essential oil is a good remedy for headache. It is mixed with salt and applied on the forehead of the person suffering from headache. It gives a cooling effect and relieves headaches. The flavonoids contained in the oil have anti-inflammatory agents which relieves inflammation and tension thus reducing headache. Headaches due to sinus congestion and stress headaches also are relieved by the application of this oil.

The same property of clove essential oil is helpful in relieving the pain in other parts of the body also. Thus clove oil helps in warding off joint pains and pain in overworked muscles. The application of oil on painful part relieves pain, swelling and inflammation.

Few drops of clove essential oil should be mixed in coconut oil to prepare a soothing headache relieving balm. Alternatively, sniffing a cotton ball containing 1-2 drops of clove essential oil in a diffuser may provide good relief from headache.

Good anti-inflammatory agent
Clove essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory action owing to its ingredient eugenol. This was published in the Journal of immune-toxicology after studies on the oil. Eugenol reverses inflammation and cellular oxidation (which causes ageing).

Clove essential oil is used to treat joint and muscle pains caused due to rheumatism, sprains and bruises resulting from sports activities. It makes the afflicted area numb temporarily, enhances local blood supply and promotes quicker healing of the injured tissues.

Melt 1 cup of beeswax in a boiler. After removing it from the heat, add 1 cup of coconut oil. Allow it to cool slightly. Add 10 drops of clove essential oil and 5 drops each of peppermint oil and arnica oil. Pour the mixture into glass bottles and allow them to set. This balm can be readily used over the painful joints and muscles.

Hepato-protective

Clove essential oil in low doses and under supervised administration has been proven to protect the liver against diseases and is thus a good liver protective agent.

Treatment for infections
Owing to its antiseptic properties, clove essential oil is useful in treating scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, wounds, bruises, cuts, prickly heat, insect bites and stings and other types of injuries.

Cures Respiratory Disorders

Owing to its cooling and anti-inflammatory effect, clove essential oil is used to cleanse the nasal passage. It acts as an effective expectorant. It is used as useful remedy for cough, cold, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis and tuberculosis. In case of sore throat, chewing 1 or 2 clove buds soothe the condition.

Clove essential oil is used in many conventional ointments and balms used to relieve chest and sinus congestion due to severe cold and bronchitis.

2-3 drops of clove oil should be mixed with equal quantity of eucalyptus oil and added to hot water. This should be used to provide steam inhalation. This will quickly open up the airways and help you to breathe easily.

To make a chest rub – Mix 5 drops each of clove essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil and 10 drops of lemon oil with 8 oz of coconut oil as the base. Melted bee wax should be added to this composition to thicken the mix.

Treatment for Sty

Sty is a condition in which there is inflammation on the eyelash. It is a painful and irritating condition. There is difficulty in eye functioning also. Clove essential oil is a good home remedy for treating sty. Due to its antibacterial qualities, clove essential oil also prevents other eye infections and also cures them.

Earache relief
Clove essential oil and sesame oil mixed together and made warm is an excellent remedy for earaches. This is possible due to anesthetic and analgesic property of clove essential oil. For this a mixture of 2 drops of clove essential oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil made warm shall be used. A sterile dropper is used to administer the drops into the ear. 1-2 drops of this earache remedy mixture shall be dropped in each ear.

Cures indigestion

Clove essential oil is one of the best remedies for stomach related ailments. It is prescribed to combat indigestion, motion sickness, flatulence and hiccups. Therefore it is used in many Indian dishes. Clove oil relaxes the smooth muscles lining your gastrointestinal tract.

Relieves Nausea
Clove essential oil helps reduce vomiting and nausea (feel of vomiting). For this, clove oil is used in aromatherapy. Alternatively it is applied to the pillows at night. Its inhalation provides good relief from nausea, vomiting, sickness and discomfort. Pregnant women suffering with morning sickness might keep a sachet of dried clove buds with them to relieve their nausea and vomiting. Rubbing a drop of clove oil on pillows or using it in a diffuser with a few drops of peppermint oil can be highly effective against nausea and vomiting.

Increases Blood Circulation

Clove essential oil increases blood circulation and reduces temperature. In this way it increases your body’s metabolism. Increase in blood circulation also reduces the tension of the blood vessels. As a result it reduces headache which is caused due to build up of tension in the blood vessels. Increased blood circulation also enhances oxygenation in the body by increasing the oxygenation in the blood. Increased circulation also increases blood circulation to the organ systems, enhances the organ efficiency and increases metabolism. Increased blood circulation also reduces the side effects of diabetes and prevents complications associated with diabetes. Clove essential oil consists of active ingredient Eugenol which causes stimulation of blood circulation.

Blood Purifier
Clove essential oil helps in purifying the blood. According to studies, the aroma of the clove essential oil can reduce toxicity in the blood, thus stimulating antioxidant activity throughout the body. By stimulating antioxidant activity, clove essential oil boosts the immune system and also purifies platelets.

Prevents Premature Ejaculation

Research works have proved that clove essential oil is useful for treating premature ejaculation. Clove essential oil should be sufficiently diluted with carrier oil and applied to glans penis. This topical application of oil over the genital organ has reportedly shown to improve sexual performance and also to prevent premature ejaculation. Clove oil increases blood circulation to the genital area. Its mild anesthetic effect could prolong the erection.

Cures Cholera
Studies have shown that clove essential oil is useful in treating cholera.

Controls Diabetes

Clove essential oil helps in controlling the blood sugar levels in diabetes. According to studies, clove essential oil is shown to regulate the postprandial insulin and glucose response mechanisms.

Cancer Prevention
Some works show that clove essential oil is useful in preventing and treating ancer. But American Cancer Society has mentioned that there is no scientific evidence on the curative properties of clove oil as far as cancer is concerned.

Intestinal Cleanse
Clove Essential Oil can be used for cleansing the intestine (bowel). For this, clove essential oil should be used in small amounts. Take caution to do it under the supervision of a doctor. It helps to clear out the bacterial infections in the gut.

Good for hair growth and as moisturizer
Clove essential oil is good for hair growth and appearance. It can be mixed with carrier oils and used as a face wash to moisturize the skin.

Other benefits

Other Benefits of Clove Essential Oil
Flavoring Agent – Clove essential oil is also added to many food items to enrich its flavor. It is added to Indian dishes, pickles, spice cakes, sauces and many cultural foods.

Cosmetics – Clove essential oil is an ingredient in cosmetic creams and lotions. It is also used as a component of massage oils that provide relief from pain and stress.

Soap – Clove essential oil is often added as an active ingredient in soaps due to its antiseptic properties, powerful aroma and soothing effect.

Perfumes – Clove essential oil is also used in making perfumes because of its unique and powerful aroma.

Breathe fresheners – Clove essential oil’s spicy aroma acts as an instant breath freshener. One needs to use a very dilute suspension for this. After mixing 2 drops of clove essential oil and peppermint essential oils in a cup of water, add stevia extract to taste. Fill this in bottles and use it in the form of mouth freshener as and when needed.

Aromatherapy – Clove essential oil blends well with many essential oils. It blends well and forms good combination with lemon essential oil, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, basil essential oil, geranium essential oil, orange essential oil, nutmeg essential oil, rosemary essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and rose oil. This makes the clove essential oil a good choice in aromatherapies.

For a warm refreshing bath – Few drops of clove essential oil may be added in a warm bath. Its soothing and invigorating aroma gives a refreshing feel and is also anti-stress.

Insect Repellent – Clove essential oil is used in bug repellents and insect-repellent candles. Alternatively few drops of clove oil can be placed on bed sheets to keep the bugs and insects away. The pungent smell of clove essential oil is repulsive to insect pests and mosquitoes. Mix 5-10 drops of clove oil with coconut oil. Apply this on the face, hands and legs. Alternatively, few drops of clove essential oil and citronella mixed together and used in a diffuser will keep away the flying insects.

Pesticide and Herbicide – The home and garden can be kept safe by administering clove essential oil as pesticide and weed killer. This can be used instead of harmful chemical pesticides and herbicides. 1 tablespoon of clove essential oil mixed in 5 teaspoons neem oil and mixed in a gallon of water. To this, add 1 teaspoon of dish soap and shake well to obtain a mixture. Spray this on indoor and outdoor plants to keep them away from insects and pests.

Clove cigarettes – As a part of new trend, clove cigarettes have been used for health benefits and also to nullify the ill effects of smoking. Clove cigarettes are shown to be carcinogenic.

Precautions, side effects

Taking caution at using Clove Essential Oil, side effects:

Clove essential oil is very strong, even when it is used in small quantities. Before taking it orally or applying on the body parts, it should be essentially diluted. Severe allergies related to ingestion or application of clove essential oil has been noticed when too much of this oil has been used indiscriminately. Therefore, the use of clove essential oil should be done in small amounts and after using a test dose of a same.

Intestinal discomfort, kidney and liver failure have been some of the serious complications of improper usage of clove essential oil. It should be used with caution by patients suffering from diabetes because it can cause sudden drop in blood sugar levels.

Pregnant and nursing women should not use clove oil. There is a doubt of this strong compound passing to the infant through breast milk. It should be taken with caution or under supervision, if it is mandatory to use.

It is always better to consult a doctor or essential oil experts before including clove essential oil in your daily or weekly regimen.

It was observed that large doses of clove oil when taken orally could harm the digestive lining and on external application can irritate sensitive skin.

Because of its strength, clove essential oil shall always be mixed with carrier oil like coconut oil or other gentle and less strong oils for most topical applications. It should be used for short periods (up to 2 weeks), especially when used for internal consumption.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurvedic perspective

Clove Essential Oil, Ayurvedic perspective

Clove is called as Lavanga in Ayurveda. We do not have a direct reference of Clove Essential Oil or in fact any essential oil directly in Ayurvedic treatises, though clove oil has been traditionally used for many house-hold and health purposes in India, for ages.

In this article I would make a comparative study between Clove Essential Oil and its chief ingredient i.e. Lavanga and its properties, its doshic and therapeutic actions as explained in Ayurveda.

Clove Essential Oil though is in the form of oil, it will surely carry the properties of Lavanga or Clove in it. Below mentioned are the properties of Lavanga or Clove as mentioned in Ayurvedic treatises –

Rasa (taste) – Tikta (bitter), Katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light for digestion), Snigdha (unctuous, oily)
Vipaka (post-digestion conversion) – Katu (pungent)
Doshic Action – Lavanga or Clove is Kapha-Pitta hara (balances or controls Kapha and Pitta)

Mode of action

Mode of action of Clove based on its properties
Lavanga or Clove can be said to predominantly destroy Kapha and Pitta on the basis of its Rasa, Guna, Veerya and Vipaka.

Morbid Kapha creates blocks in the body and channels of the body impairing different functions. On the other hand morbid Pitta inflames and corrodes the tissues and causes inflammation, which is once again the main cause for many diseases occurring in us.

Many diseases and conditions which are successfully addressed and treated by using Clove Essential Oil are either caused by Kapha or Pitta, i.e. most of them are due to blocks and accumulation of wastes in the body or due to inflammation of the system and tissues. Ultimately in both Kapha and Pitta borne diseases are chiefly caused due to metabolic disturbances.

Clove essential oil effectively treats nausea, sinusitis, indigestion, cold, cough, bronchitis, asthma, liver disorders, headache, body pains, muscle and joint pains, anxiety, depression, insomnia, mental fatigue and exhaustion, candida infections, flatulence, PME, high sugar in blood etc. All these conditions are either caused by high pitta or high kapha or joint vitiation of both kapha and pitta.

Immunity and body-mind strength are hampered or lowered due to blocks caused by Kapha and inflammation caused by Pitta and or morbid combination of kapha and pitta causing various damages in the body. Clove essential oil wards of these pathological elements and helps in building up strength and immunity in the body while curing many diseases in the process.

At the same time, clove essential oil helps in clearing the blocks caused by kapha and ama (metabolites or immature essence of digestion formed due to indigestion, which stick to the walls of the channels and blood vessels of the body causing blocks) in the arteries and enables easy circulation of blood and availability of nutrients and oxygen for easy life processes to take place uninterruptedly.

Use of Clove Essential Oil, Ayurvedic Perspective (based on the properties of Lavanga)
Based on the action of the active ingredient of clove essential oil i.e. clove, from an Ayurvedic perspective, Clove Essential Oil is helpful in effectively combating the below mentioned conditions (owing to the properties of Lavanga, i.e. Clove) –

Kapha Dushti and Kapha Rogas  – Vitiated and accumulated morbid kapha and Diseases caused due to Kapha vitiation like sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, cough, sore throat, sinusitis, depression, diabetes etc

Pitta Dushti and Pitta Rogas – Vitiated Pitta and diseases caused by vitiated Pitta like body, joint and muscle pains caused by inflammation, fatigue, exhaustion, insomnia, headache, liver inflammation, indigestion etc

Kapha-Pitta Dushti – Joint vitiation of Kapha and Pitta

Kapha-Pitta Vikaras – Diseases caused by joint vitiation of Kapha and Pitta (conditions mentioned in Kapha and Pitta Rogas above)

Ama hara – Removes ama and the blocks caused by ama

Agnimandhya – Low metabolism, sluggish digestion, indigestion, anorexia

Agnimandhya Janya Vikara – Diseases caused due to low digestion like anorexia, vomiting, nausea, flatulence, indigestion, cleanses intestines

Medo dushti – Excess accumulation of morbid fat in the body and channels of the body and blocks caused by the same

Avarana of Vata by Pitta and Kapha – Clove Essential oil helps in removing the blocks created by vitiated pitta and kapha in the pathway of Vata and helps in treating diseases caused by blockage of Vata

Rakta Dushti – Clove oil helps in treating contamination and block of blood and hence is beneficial in blood borne diseases and infections

Kapha Dushta Rakta – Blood contaminated by vitiated kapha, including conditions like platelet aggregation, high cholesterol etc

Lavanga v/s clove oil

Uses of Lavanga or Clove v/s Benefits of Clove Essential Oil

(Ref – Bhava Prakasha, Sushruta Samhita, Ayurveda Vijgnana)

  • Trishnapaha – Provides relief from excessive thirst

Clove Essential Oil helps in combating vitiated Pitta, Kapha and expels Ama which is the root causes for Trishna Roga or excess thirst.

  • Vaktra kleda daurgandhya naashanam – Lavanga relieves foul smell from the mouth, removes excessive moistness and sliminess of the oral cavity

Clove Essential Oil is highly used for oral and dental hygiene. It destroys the infections in the mouth and dental caries and cavities in the mouth which are the chief causes for bad breath and sliminess. Similarly it is used for relieving dental and gum pain, for tooth filling, to cure oral pain, throat pain and infections, laryngitis and pharyngitis. It is germicidal and kills the oral germs, good relief for oral ulcers. It also removes tastelessness. It cures Candida infections of the mouth which is another cause for foul smell and bad breath.

  • Deepana – Lavanga helps in kindling the digestive fire and boosts the metabolism, aids digestion of food and proper assimilation and formation of nutritive juices.
  • Pachana – Lavanga helps in destroying ama which is the bi-product of sluggish digestion having the tendency to clog the channels of the body, which is also the root source and cause for many systemic and immunological disorders and inflammation.
  • Ruchya – Lavanga enhances taste and cures tastelessness

Clove Essential Oil is highly effective in treating stomach ailments, mainly indigestion, anorexia, tastelessness etc. the oil is also good for Liver ailments and protects the Liver, which is also one of the main organs which participates in the digestion of food.

  • Pittasra Nasha Krit – Lavanga destroys bleeding disorders

Clove Essential Oil is good for treating blood infections, purifies blood, reduces blood toxicity and stimulates antioxidant activity, thus boosting immunity and purifying the platelets, clears platelet aggregation in blood vessels, enhances and stimulates blood circulation and reduces the tension in blood vessels, thus reducing the chances of bleeding

  • Chhardi Hara – Lavanga cures Vomiting

Clove essential oil is extremely helpful in treating digestive disorders, nausea (feel to vomit) and vomiting. It is also beneficial to ward of flatulence and motion sickness.

  • Aadhmana Hara – Lavanga is a good remedy for bloating and distension of abdomen, excessive gases in tummy

Clove Essential Oil is a good remedy for bloating and excessive gases in the abdomen.

  • Shula Hara – Lavanga is a good remedy for abdominal colic (pain in tummy)

Clove Essential Oil is used to cure abdominal pain and colic. Shula also includes pain in various parts of the body, includes headache, earache, joint pain and muscle pain, inflammatory pains etc

  • Kasa Hara – Lavanga cures cough

Clove Essential Oil cures cough

  • Shwasa Hara – Lavanga is a good cure for asthma, wheezing, breathlessness due to congestion and excess phlegm

Clove Essential Oil provides relief from respiratory congestion due to phlegm in lung field, inflammatory lung diseases, chronic obstructive airway diseases (COAD or COPD), asthma, bronchitis, respiratory allergies and infections

  • Kshaya Hara – Lavanga provides good relief from chronic breathing disorders, phthisis, tissue depletion, fatigue, tuberculosis

Clove Essential Oil is good remedy for fatigue, phthisis, tuberculosis, fatigue low energy, mental fatigue and exhaustion (all these terms can be included in the term kshaya)

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicines with Clove oil as ingredient:
Encof Cough Lozenge
  – a proprietary Ayuredic medicine manufactured by Millennium Herbal Care. It is used in the treatment of sore throat.

The above mentioned pharmacological actions and clinical (health) benefits of Lavanga (Clove) and the uses of Clove Essential Oil look identical, at least in some areas of utility. This similarity is due to the presence of active principles and healing properties of Lavanga in Lavanga Taila or Clove Essential Oil.  It is clear that the ancient Ayurvedic teachers had a clear and precise knowledge of utility of Lavanga or Clove, especially in relation to its healing properties, but there is no clear mention of clove oil and its utility in Ayurvedic treatises. Thus Clove Essential Oil can be used in most conditions mentioned by Ayurveda as curable by Lavanga according to the above explanation in this article.
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2 thoughts on “Clove Essential Oil Uses, Remedies, Side Effects, Ayurveda Details”

  1. The article on clove oil reads well.Really the uses are many.please let us know more about the methods of [combinations included] using it for various purposes. Thank you so much.

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