We have had great success with using Clove oil on sore gums and teeth to temporarily numb the pain. I have used a few drops along with several drops of Copaiba, Wintergreen, Idaho Balsam Fir, and a base of carrier oil for my massage therapist to rub into my sciatic nerve area where it gets inflamed from effects of my Spinal Stenosis. The massage brings some relief to the nerve for a time. I love the smell of clove oil! It is always great to diffuse during the winter season along with some orange.
Plant Origin and Extraction Method: Clove oil comes from Madagascar and is steam distilled from the flower bud and stem of the plant.
Historical Data: The people on the island of Ternate were free from epidemics until the 16th century, when Dutch conquerors destroyed the clove trees that flourished on the islands. Many of the islanders died from the epidemics that followed.
Cloves were reputed to be part of the “Marseills Vinegar” or “Four Thieves Vinegar” that bandits who robbed the dead and dying used to protect themselves during the 15th century plague.
Clove was listed in Hildegard’s Medicine, a compilation of early German medicines by highly regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen. Healers in China and India have used clove buds since ancient times as part of their treatments.
Eugenol, clove’s principal constituent, was used in the dental industry for years to numb gums.
Dietary: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop olive oil and put into capsule. Take 1 capsule before each meal or as desired. Can be used in cooking.
Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 4 drops olive oil (or other carrier oil) and apply to desired area as needed.
Aromatic: Diffuse for 30 minutes up to 3x a day.
Caution: If using this oil on babies gums for teething, make sure to only use 1 drop with 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or some other appropriate carrier oil). This oil is a hot oil and should always be diluted before used.