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Clove Bud Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions

Clove essential oil (Eugenia caryophyllata) is a spicy, warming oil steam distilled from the buds and stems of the plant. It smells like (wanna take a wager?) dried clove, but much stronger in an oil form. Its strength makes it one to use with care and dilution, and a quality brand may also be safe for cooking or baking.

Clove oil is traditionally used for immune, respiratory, and digestive support, as well as a food supplement for flavoring (if the quality is high). Aromatically it may also be encouraging, promoting a person's healing, and stimulating their mind.

Primary Benefits

  • Powerful antioxidant properties
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Helps soothe teeth and gums
  • Promotes oral health
  • Supports a healthy immune system

Emotional Benefits

Energetically, mentally, and emotionally, clove is said to promote healthy boundaries, helping a person feel empowered and encouraged to stand strong and break patterns of being victimized by creating honoring their needs and speaking for themselves. It may also help a person struggling with codependency, or those who find themselves too dominating or crossing the boundaries of others by also learning to stand independent of others. Along these lines, it might help a person learn to not care so much about what others think, and learn to love and accept themselves.

Complimentary Oils

Clove Bud essential oil blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang essential oils.

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Cinnamon or Oregano essential oils.

How to Use Clove Essential Oil

Traditionally, clove essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Clove Bud Essential Oil

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Clove Bud Essential Oil

  • Add one drop to toothpaste to promote oral health.
  • Apply one drop to soothe teeth or gums.
  • Place one drop of clove in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect.
  • Take in veggie capsules to boost immunity during winter time.
  • For boundaries, diffuse throughout the room or dilute and massage over solar plexus or heart.
  • Diffuse throughout the room or inhale from the bottle as desired for courage.
  • Take several drops in a veggie capsule with food each day, or dilute and massage over the liver or into the reflex points of the feet to support detoxification.

Inspiration for Using Clove Bud Essential Oil

Thankful diffuser blend: 4 drops Wild Orange, 2 drops Clove, 1 drop Cinnamon, 2 drops Lemon essential oils

Holiday Cheer diffuser blend: 1 drop Clove, 2 drops Cinnamon, 3 drops Wild Orange essential oils


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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