#36alive 341: Essential Oil Of The Month: Clove

A classic ingredient in festive cooking and mulled wine spice, cloves are indigenous to indonesia and madagascar. The spice may indeed be in your kitchen cupboard, but the essential oil has a host of benefits you may not already know about!

Clove oil can be used to remedy skin issues such as acne, sagging and excessive wrinkles, and its antiviral properties mean it’s great for boosting the immune system. Clove oil has been used for hundreds of years for dental health, can can help heal infections and wounds.

Inhaling clove oil can help lower stress levels, and it has a cooling, anti-inflammatory effect when mixed with a base oil like coconut or almond oil and rubbed on the skin. Clove oil can reduce symptoms of nausea and indigestion, and enhance circulation, as well as preventing premature ejaculation….

If that wasn’t enough – clove oil can be used as a natural insect repellant, added to cosmetics, as an effective pain-relieving massage oil, and a great way to create a naturally scented perfume when mixed with purified water and alcohol.

Give it a try – always buy organic and high quality essential oils when possible, and do not use if pregnant!

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