How to use Clove Leaf Essential Oil

Clove Leaf oil is a warming oil with properties that can treat digestive issues.

Clove leaf plant

Eugenia Caryophyllus

The spicy and warm aroma of this oil may conjure up a festive feeling, however the oil also has notable properties for aiding with pain relief, treating nausea and digestive problems, as an insect repellent and for promoting healthy hair.

Originally native to the Maluku islands (aka ‘The Spice Islands’) which are part of Indonesia, the plant grows well in hot climates and is now mainly grown and harvested in parts of Asia and Africa.

Cloves have been used for millennia in traditional cuisines and medicines and are still utilised widely today for their aroma, flavour and medicinal properties.

Where have I smelt Clove oil before?

Mulled wine
If you have ever made your own mulled wine to warm you up in the colder months you will know that one of the ingredients used are whole cloves, which are combined with red wine, oranges, lemons or other citrus fruits, cinnamon and sugar to give the drink its distinctive flavour.

mulled wine with cloves

You can take a lead from a mulled wine recipe when deciphering how to blend your Clove EO with other essential oils. Citrus and spice oils combined with Clove Leaf will allow you to create your own unique mulled wine scent that will give your home a festive feel in the Christmas season.

Opium perfume
The famous scent of Opium perfume created by Yves Saint Laurent is a combination of Clove, Coriander, Pepper, Plum and Mandarin orange combined with other rich fragrances to create a uniquely distinct perfume.

The fragrance was launched in 1977 and although met with some controversy (as it was alleged the name promoted drug use), this timeless scent is still popular today and considered one of the best selling fragrances of all time.

Cloves make up the scent of opium perfume

How to use Clove Leaf essential oil

Clove Leaf oil for digestive issues
Add Clove essential oil to your bath or massage diluted with a carrier oil to relieve symptoms of digestion problems such as stomach aches, constipation and bloating.

Clove oil is thought to relax the digestive tract, bringing relief to digestion issues. Combining this remedy with a healthy diet filled with natural plant based foods that are high in fibre will also help with alleviating digestive discomfort.

Clove Leaf oil for nausea
Massage and diffusion of Clove Leaf oil can also help with nausea. Alternatively create a diluted rollerball blend that can be carried when you are out and about and use on your pulse points if you suffer from travel sickness.

If using on children please use caution. It is widely thought that Clove Leaf oil shouldn’t be used on children under 2 years old. If you are using this remedy on a child that is older than 2 make sure it is diluted appropriately.

Essential oils can be potent and should be used sparingly, if you are in doubt always consult a qualified healthcare professional before use. 

Clove Leaf oil for toothache and pain relief
If you have ever had a tooth extracted at the dentist they may well have used Clove oil to plug the gap in the extraction site. Dentists use Clove oil for its antiseptic properties which promote healing, prevent dry socket and help with pain relief.

Some people use Clove Leaf oil at home to treat toothaches however we would suggest that the use of Clove Leaf oil is left to trained professionals to administer as a medication within the mouth. Used in the wrong way the oil can cause irritation and a burning sensation, which would be the last thing you need if you are already suffering from toothache.

Clove Leaf oil uses for hair
You can use Clove Leaf oil as a natural hair conditioner and to reduce hair fall by massaging into your scalp with a carrier such as Jojoba.
The oil will promote circulation, which will stimulate hair growth.

For a quick and easy application, and to reap the qualities of the oils that will promote shiny long hair, mix a couple of drops of Clove Leaf oil with your regular conditioner.

Clove Leaf oil as an insect repellent
Used widely in commercial insect repellents with other oils such as Citronella, Clove Leaf oil is a natural alternative to help keep pests away.

Diffuse Clove Leaf oil by itself or with other insects repelling oils to get rid of unwanted pests. While out and about add a couple of drops of Clove Leaf oil to your sunscreen as a quick way to ward off flying pests

Clove Leaf essential oil recipes

Clove Leaf diffuser blend
Create a festive blend that will fill your home with a Christmassy fragrance by combining 4 drops of Clove leaf oil, 3 drops of Orange, 3 drops of Clary Sage and 1 drop of Rose absolute.

Clove Leaf oil insect repellent rollerball blend
6 drops of Clove oil, 3 drops of Citronella oil and 2 drops of Peppermint. Combine in a 10ml roller bottle with a carrier oil of your choice. To add a more feminine depth this blend add a couple of drops of Ylang Ylang.

Clove Leaf essential oil blends well with:
Bergamot, Citronella, Clary Sage, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rose Absolute and Ylang Ylang.

Clove Leaf essential oil safety

Don’t use Clove Leaf oil on children under 2 years old. Clove Leaf is a strong essential oil and can cause irritation.

Always dilute Clove Leaf oil, use the EO sparingly with your chosen carrier oil and patch test before use. Avoid if pregnant or nursing.

For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children.