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By JohnPublished about a year ago 3 min read

Clove is a spice that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Cloves have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, and aid in digestion.

Cloves are sourced from an evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) native to Indonesia. Although now, it is grown in other parts of the world, such as South America. The spice is used in savory dishes, desserts, and drinks. It is also added to mouthwashes, creams, gels, and oils.

This article explores the research to support the use of cloves and clove oil for different medical uses. It also discusses potential side effects and warnings associated with cloves.

Purported Uses of Cloves

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Cloves are most commonly recognized as a spice used in cooking, but they have also been used for centuries to treat various health concerns. Cloves are thought to have some anti-inflammatory properties and have been promoted to help with toothache, dental pain, plaque buildup, hangovers, indigestion, and more. However, there is very little evidence to support taking more cloves than what someone would normally consume with their food.

Preliminary research has examined cloves' use in easing dental pain or toothaches and lowering blood sugar levels. Some laboratory research has also looked at its effects on cancer cells, though these studies were not done in humans.

Dental Pain

Clove oil is perhaps best known as a remedy for toothache and dental pain. In one study of 73 adults, for instance, researchers found that clove-based gel was comparable to benzocaine (a local anesthetic) in its ability to ease pain resulting from injections in the mouth.

Other research has indicated that the clove's antibacterial properties may help reduce oral bacteria that can lead to the development of plague, gingivitis, and cavities.

Blood Sugar Effects

Some preliminary evidence suggests that eugenol may have a lowering effect on blood sugar levels. However, most of the research has been in animal models, so it is too early to recommend specific doses to help manage blood sugar in humans.

One human study on healthy volunteers found that 12 days of clove extract use significantly lowered blood sugar levels more than placebo. But the difference in change was only 3 milligrams per deciliter, which is of questionable clinical significance. Further well-designed research is needed.

Cancer

While some laboratory studies have looked at the effect of cloves on cancer cells, this research was not done in humans and is not solid evidence of cloves' role in treating or preventing cancer.

One review on eugenol suggests that it may be an effective cancer therapy alone or combined with chemotherapy.

However, it is important to know that supplements and herbal remedies can not treat, cure, or prevent disease. Forgoing traditional chemotherapeutics and relying on alternative therapies can worsen outcomes. Talk to your cancer care team before starting any new supplement or herbal product.

How to Use Clove Oil

Before you use clove oil, you need to dilute it. Clove oil should never be put on your gums undiluted because it can cause irritation and may lead to toxicity.

Clove oil can be diluted by adding two to three drops to a neutral carrier oil, such as olive oil or canola oil.

Then, the oil preparation can be dabbed onto the affected area with a cotton ball or swab. You can actually keep the cotton ball in place for several minutes to help it absorb better.

Once you put the clove oil on, you should feel a slight warming sensation and taste a strong, gun-powdery flavor. The numbing effect is usually fully felt within five to 10 minutes. You can reapply the clove oil every two to three hours as needed.

Tip:

Too much of anything is not good for health. Always we should consume whenever it is needed.

Cloves are a spice commonly used in cooking, but they can also be available in gels, creams, and mouthwashes.

Cloves have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. They've been studied for uses in lowering blood sugar and dental pain or toothache relief. However, there is little evidence of the benefits of taking cloves in amounts greater than what you would get from your regular diet.

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