Natural Household and Medicinal Uses for Cloves

Natural Herbal Remedies Using Cloves

Natural herbal remedies using cloves includes: Relieving toothaches, earaches, nausea, hypertension and pain from burns and wounds. Also helps respiratory problems, great air freshener, mosquito repellent, fly deterrent, and ant killer. It is a natural disinfectant; it prevents and gets rid of infections.

Different forms of cloves

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Whole clovesFresh grind of whole cloves in a mortar and pestleGround ClovesClove Oil
Whole cloves
Whole cloves
Fresh grind of whole cloves in a mortar and pestle
Fresh grind of whole cloves in a mortar and pestle
Ground Cloves
Ground Cloves
Clove Oil
Clove Oil

Cloves come in 3 differenty forms

Cloves (myrtaceae) come in 3 different forms, whole, ground and oil. All three forms have the same properties with differing degrees of potency. Oil has the highest potency and is best used diluted with carrier oil like almond oil. Whole cloves are medium potency the oils are still in them and they can be ground in a mortar and pestle for use. Ground cloves are the least potent; most of the oil has already been released.

Using Cloves Medicinally

Toothache: All three forms can be used with differing degrees of results and applied in different ways. Clove oil can be applied with a q-tip, a drop will do, remember it is very potent; you may even want to consider diluting it for this purpose. A whole clove can be crushed slightly and placed on the gum where the toothache is located, or place a small amount of ground cloves into a piece of coffee filter, wrap, wet and place between gum and lip. Using any of these applications will alleviate the pain, the higher the potency, the quicker the relief. Using clove oil will not only alleviate the pain it will also draw out any infection from an abscess so you won't need antibiotics before seeing the dentist.

Earaches: Clove oil is best used for an earache, dilute with a carrier oil (never water), place on a cotton ball and place just inside the ear canal. The pain will subside quickly and it will help to reduce infection if any is present.

Nausea: Clove tea has a very unique flavor and aroma. The best part of drinking clove tea is the quick relief from nausea and the fresh breath you have afterwards. In fact chewing on a clove from time to time is the best breath mint ever and keeps nausea and heartburn away. However, too much tea or chewing on cloves can produce heartburn, especially if done on an empty stomach.

Hypertension: Regularly chewing on cloves for at least six weeks or more can help reduce hypertension. Always be sure to discuss this with your doctor before deciding if it is a right option for you.

Burns and open wounds: Apply clove oil directly and immediately to 1st and 2nd degree burns and minor open wounds and cuts to alleviate pain, reduce possibility of infection and reduce healing time. For minor open wounds and cuts just sprinkling ground cloves will help stop bleeding and reduce pain immediately. I never go anywhere without either a small bottle of ground cloves or clove oil.

Household uses for cloves

Respiratory aid: Aromatherapy is the best way to use cloves as a respiratory aid. Make clove tea and breathe in the aroma from the hot tea. A pomander as pictured can be hung in various places to have a continual aroma therapy and improve respiratory problems.

Air Freshener: Cloves have a great aroma and can be used in a variety of ways to remove offensive smells rather than using aerosols or other artificial air fresheners. Make an atomizer in a spray bottle mixing clove oil with water, shake well before each use as oil and water; do not stay mixed. A clove pomander is another way, see instructions below for how to make one. After the pomander has lost its effectiveness, the cloves still have more aroma to share, crush slightly and add to a potpourri. Cloves are always a great addition to spicy potpourris or an oil burner.

Mosquito Repellent: Using the same atomizer used to refresh the air with, shake and spray lightly on exposed skin.

Fly deterrent and ant killer: The aroma alone from cloves will deter flies whether it is in a potpourri an air freshener or a pomander. A drop of clove oil will kill ants instantly. Mix clove oil, cinnamon oil and water and shake well before each use to kill ants.

Clove Pomander

Clove Pomander, hang to help respiratory issues, air freshner and bug repellant
Clove Pomander, hang to help respiratory issues, air freshner and bug repellant

Making a Clove Pomander

    To make a clove pomander randomly insert whole cloves into an orange penetrating the skin and into the fruit.  tie a string, ribbon or bow around it and hang.  A clove pomander is an effective respiratory aid, air freshener and fly deterrent for approximately 6 months. 

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ShantelG 7 years ago

This is great. My oldest children made those clove pomanders at Christmas with their school - it smelled heavenly. I wish I would have known about the nausea help when I was pregnant - I am a Doula, and will recommend it to my Mom's.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Very good! Ther are many other things I will recommend in future articles for that and specifically for the nausea asociated with chemotherapy. I didn't know you are a Doula, so is my sister Melissa, now yall have something on common to chat about. Thanks!!!

Chopsticks 7 years ago

Great article! Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more from you, blessings! x

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Cool - I mix peppermint oil and clove oil in Olive oil and rub on my chest to clear my sinus's and lungs..... also that mixture seems to work like Absorbeen junior on aching muscles - apply and rub in.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Awesome sharing Neil! Great mixture, you are so right, you really know your oils and herbs.

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EverythingMouse 7 years ago

I am always looking for natural alternatives to use. I don't think I have ever used cloves before but thanks for all the information that you have covered here.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

You're welcome! I truly don't leave home without it. A natural anesthetic and antibacterial, promoting healing. Many have benefited from my little bottle of clove oil over time. I hope that you and many others can benefit from this information as well.

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Some facts I did not know! Thanks for sharing. I do remember my father - many years ago - using clove on his only tooth cavity ever in his life. I do love the scent of clove spice too!

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

frogyfish: Your father was so right. Cloves for tooth cavities will remove the need for antibiotics prior to dental addition to removing the pain before, during and after dental work. As you so aptly point out, it also makes your breathe or even a room smell marvelous. Thank you for sharing your insights and appreciation!

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Larry Ivey 7 years ago from South Florida

Thanks for posting such a quality hub. Very instuctive.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Larry Ivey:

Thanks for adding to the quality with your appreciation. Cloves are an amazing and versatile herb in our lives, glad to share and know these tips are useful to others.

Wife Who Saves 7 years ago

This is a wonderful and informative hub. I learned of new uses for cloves. Thanks for writing it.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Wife Who Saves,

you are so welcome! May I share a new concept as an air freshner even in your car and other places. I recently took a trip by plane and the cap to my clove oil got cracked and leaked into the bag onto a lot of my clothing. After washing I opened the dryer and the aroma was still so strong. As I am still wearing the clothing, everyone says I smell wonderful and the aroma even stays lingering in the car. Everyone is enjoying the aroma, just wanted to share that learning tip I recently experienced.

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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

hilda, my pleasure, so glad you found it useful

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JoanWit3 6 years ago from OR

Have you heard that in the past people used the cloves instead of the toothpaste? :-)

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lex123 6 years ago

Well written article about the uses of clove.

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

Great hub! I didn't know about cloves for burns and wounds, though it makes sense, with them being analgesic. Once I was suffering from period pains and I started craving cloves. I had no idea they were a natural pain killer at the time. It's amazing how our bodies know exactly what we need isn't it.

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Love the clove pomander idea, I had heard of it before but haven't tried it yet. Our fly are pretty bad here during spring rodeo season, with all the cows,horses, and bulls. I just love that citrus fragrance too. I also have a Hub on aroma therapy you might like. Thanks voted you up here!

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