Generally speaking, a good hygiene is extremely important for overall health. The oral hygiene however, is even more so since any infection there can affect the whole system as well. Toothaches, inflamed or bleeding gums, cheek bruises and so on. All you want is to get rid of them as soon as possible. That relief could come from the use of Clove bud essential oil!
Clove buds yield a very strong essential oil, considered to be a natural antibiotic. Scientific studies have a lot of praise for this spice.
So, if you are looking for a quick and natural relief from mouth problems, you’re on the right path. The first part of this post will give you all the details about the uses and benefits of Clove oil in oral care. You’ll find them listed with a few blend recipes as usual.
The second part of the article is for extra bits of info about the essential oil of Clove. You’ll also learn about a few necessary precaution measures. Being so potent, this oil needs to be handled with care and in low doses.
Did You Know?
- A renowned Chinese polymath of the Song Dynasty, Su Gong revised the first ever officially published pharmacopeia. He recommended everyone seeking audience with the Emperor to chew and hold in their mouth a clove bud. Their breath needed to smell nice if they were to address the Emperor.
How to Use Clove Bud Essential Oil in Oral Care, plus Benefits
Botanical name: Syzygium aromaticum (or Eugenia caryophyllata)
Texture: thin oil.
Color: shades of yellow.
Aroma: highly aromatic scent; warm and spicy, with fruity notes.
Other (old) names: Eugenia aromatica, Caryophyllus aromaticus, or Jambosa caryophyllus.
Even though it is a popular spice, the oil extracted from cloves has been widely analyzed. It was found to have powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiviral qualities. It can also sedate very efficiently. Because of all these strong effects, dentists all over the world use and recommend it for oral infections.
Its chemical composition is quite impressive. It is exactly what makes the oil so potent and unique. It contains molecules such as:
- 70 – 90% Eugenol. This one is a strong substance that can kill many types of germs. They have powerful antiseptic effects. Beware though! Consumed in large doses, eugenol can mess with the estrogenic system.
- 9 – 15% Eugenyl acetate. Often used as food flavoring agent, it is responsible for a very pleasant scent.
- 5 – 15% Beta-caryophyllene. Has sedative, antispasmodic and pain relieving properties.
- 2% Oleanolic acid. It is very useful in protecting from liver disorders and the enhancement of the immune system. This acid also has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects.
- Traces of vanillin and furfural.
All these substances work in a perfect synergy. They deliver a potent natural remedy, often regarded as a natural antibiotic. Useful in fighting serious infections, the oil needs to be used in low to moderate doses, and only by adults. In high doses, it can disrupt the balance of the intestinal flora.
The European Commission recognizes the importance of clove buds in treating dental problems too.
Properties and benefits of Clove bud essential oil for dental care:
- Antibacterial and antimicrobial.
- Helps seal wounds (cauterizing effects).
How to safely use the aromatic oil of Clove:
This oil should not be taken internally without medical advice or supervision. Depending on factors such as age, sex, medical history and ailment, the right dose may vary.
Instead, you can use the oil diluted in carrier oils or bath salts for massages or inhalations. It can also be diffused for very short periods of time (20 minutes/hour), and always mixed with a light, citrus oil.
In Aromatherapy, the usual dose of diluting an essential oil is 6 – 30 drops/Oz carrier oil (30 ml). Clove bud essential oil should be used 3 – 18 drops per Oz and applied locally, wherever the problem is!
The essence is great at helping you get rid of bad breath or stopping dental carries from spreading. But that’s not all there is to this oil. Let’s see how exactly you can use it for a better oral hygiene…
Protection against Dental Carries
When dental carries start forming, you have to act quickly. An infection is already taking place so the best you could do is to keep it from growing or spreading. Of course, the best way of treatment is prevention. But not everyone is blessed with strong teeth and gums after all.
To stop dental carries from expanding, you could make the following blend and dab it on the spot. That until you manage to rush to a dentist to clean the place and fill it.
Dental Carries Blend
- Clove bud essential oil: 1 drop
- Black Pepper essential oil: 1 drop
- Carrier oil: 3 drops
Mix it well and then massage the gums around the carries and the teeth. Use a clean cotton swab and keep it on the spot as long as you can. Repeat as many times as needed each day.
Purified and Refreshed Breath
Whatever the reason, breath sometimes needs refreshing. Either the food you ate or some dental carries may trigger bad breath. When that happens, here’s your remedy:
Fresh Breath Blend
- Clove essential oil: 4 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 3 drops
- Purified water or mint tea: 1 Oz (30 ml)
Store in a small spray bottle and shake every time before using it. You can either spray it in your mouth or pour in a teaspoon and swish it around the mouth for as long as you can. That will disinfect the mouth and throat and your breath will smell nice once again. Plus it can help with any jaw or gum bruises you may have.
Protection against Mouth Infections
Fungi and bacteria thrive on the skin or inside the body, in the gut for instance. Whenever there’s an imbalance in the body, they find their opportunity to cause inflammations and infections.
Clove bud essential oil, as we’ve seen, is a very powerful antibacterial. It can kill most gram negative or positive bacteria or viruses.
For that, the best way to soothe those inflammations and kill the bacteria is to use the oil pulling method. Pour some carrier oil in a teaspoon and add 2 – 3 drops of Clove oil.
Swish it around the mouth for 5 – 15 minutes and then spit! Do not swallow as the oil will be full of bacteria. You can do so either before or after brushing the teeth.
Protection against Dental Erosion
Unfortunately, the enamel can be eroded, especially by acidic beverages. That, in time, will lead to more sensitive teeth and expose them further to carries.
An Indian clinical study focused on using Clove essential oil on patients that drank apple acidic beverages. They noticed how the oil was able to inhibit the dental erosion. Plus, the oil also promoted the remineralization of the enamel too.
You should include oil pulling with Clove oil in your dental care routine, as well as make a mouthwash with it. You can use as base some clove tea, in which you add a drop or two of essential oil. Use as you would normally with any mouthwash.
Protection against Gingivitis, Dental Abscesses or Toothaches
The gums are very sensitive and can easily get infected or bruised. If you tend to wake up with tooth aches or gum problems, you should keep a bottle of Clove bud essential oil close by.
Gingivitis and/or Toothaches Relief
- Tea Tree essential oil: 3 drops
- Clove essential oil: 5 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 3 drops
- Ginger essential oil: 3 drops
- Carrier oil: 3 tablespoons
Apply this blend on the tooth that aches, 2 to 4 times a day. For abscesses, apply 3 drops directly on them, 5 times a day. Make sure you don’t use the same blend for more than 5 continuous days.
You can also do oil pulling with this blend, or add a drop to your toothpaste each day before brushing!
In case you’re looking for variation in your oral hygiene routine, cloves can also be chewed for the same benefits.
For better sedative effects, you could combine the essential oil of Clove buds with German Chamomile essential oil.
Did You Know?
- In the 17th century, cloves were immensely valuable in England. Because they were very hard to import and because of their medicinal value, cloves were worth almost as much as gold.
Clove Origins and Safety Words on Using Its Essential Oil
You probably already have some cloves in your kitchen. Maybe you’ve also used it in cooking a few special dishes. After reading about its many benefits for the mouth and teeth, you’re probably wondering what else is there to know about this spice. If that’s the case, and you’ve read so far, then I have more for you.
Clove bud essential oil is extracted from the flower buds of the clove tree. This tree is native to the Indonesian Maluku (Moluccas) archipelago. It is also known as the Spice Islands, but after being discovered, clove trees started to be cultivated all over Indonesia.
Nowadays, clove trees grow in Madagascar, East Africa and Sri Lanka. These trees can reach a height of up to 20 meters (65.61 feet).
The flower buds are being handpicked when they turn pink. They are then left in the sun to dry out on their own and gain that dark brown color that we all know. After which they’re steam distilled to extract their essential oils.
Cloves are among the very few plants that have a high yield of aromatic oils. From around 100 kilos of flower buds, one can get 13 kilos of Clove essential oil.
Major Clove oil producers on a world wide scale are Indonesia and Madagascar. With such a warm and beautiful spicy perfume, cloves are often used in spiced wine for Christmas.
You will often see it in decorative plates and even pictures, alongside oranges, apples, anise and cinnamon. They’re all one big family of amazing spices (and fruits). Paired together, their smell is amazing!
Safety Words for Clove Bud Essential Oil Use:
- This essence must always be diluted before being applied to the skin. It can cause skin burning or irritation!
- You should also test a drop on your forearm to see if there are allergic reactions before any widespread use.
- Don’t use it if pregnant or nursing, especially not without medical advice.
- Children under 12 years old must also avoid the oil of Cloves.
- Don’t take it internally either. Seek for professional advice if you would still like to do so.
- If you want it diffused, only use a very small quantity (up to 2 drops). Also, it’s better to mix it with another light or sweet essential oil.
- It can cause liver toxicity if consumed or used in high doses for long periods of time.
- Hypertensive people should first ask for medical advice.
- Clove oil intoxication symptoms are: digestive problems, nausea, headaches, diarrhea or vomiting.
What is there left to say… the aromatic essence of Clove is indeed one of the best out there. It’s a powerful antibacterial with a beautiful, warm and spicy perfume.
It can offer a very pleasant experience while using it, and this is a big plus actually. A lot of essential oils don’t smell half as nice as this one, yet they’re still used for their benefits. Well, Clove bud essential oil has it all!
From now on, whenever you need to refresh your breath or soothe a dental pain, you know what to do. You also know how to do it, with the recipes I provided. Hopefully, you’ll only have to use this oil for more pleasant aspects though. It’s not fun to have dental problems, not to mention how expensive a dentist can be!
What are your thoughts on this aromatic essential oil? Is it something you’d use or ever used? Go ahead and pour your thoughts here, I’d like to know more too.