Clove Oil Tips & Tricks
Clove oil is very strong and extremely efficient against many bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. It kills parasite eggs, mold and fungus, it’s an antiseptic and immune booster as well. Caution should be used as clove oil can act as a blood thinner so those using prescribed blood thinners should avoid using the oil altogether.
Cloves were reputed to be part of the “Four Thieves Vinegar” used by bandits that robbed the dead and dying to protect themselves during the 15th century plague which is where the name for the oil “Thieves” comes from that many people use today for fighting coughs, colds and building immunity. Many use clove oil for toothaches as the oil is an analgesic/anesthetic, Eugenol, which is cloves principal constituent, was actually used in the dental industry for many years to numb gums.
~~Clove Oil Tips and Tricks~~
Homemade Insect Repellent
Mix in a spray bottle
- 15 drops clove oil
- 15 drops lavender oil
- 15 drops peppermint oil
- 15 drops citronella oil
- 15 drops lemon oil
- 2/3 cup (150ml) witch hazel
- 3/4 cup (200ml) water
You can also try a couple of drops of pure clove oil around where ants are getting into your home as clove oil will kill the ants.
Removing Mould from Bathroom/Kitchen
(Make sure to patch test first!)
Put ½ teaspoon of 100% clove oil into a litre of water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the mouldy areas then leave for a few hours. Wipe off with a wet cloth to remove the mould (sometimes, it may need a scrub with a brush to get rid of stubborn mould). Then spray a little more on the area and leave it as this will stop mould from growing back. This will work on tiles, tile grout, walls and ceilings. You can also remove mold from a nylon shower curtain using the same solution – just spray it on, leave overnight, then wash as normal in your washing machine. Hang it out in the sun to dry.
- 1-2 drop clove oil
- 12 drops Jojoba, rosehip or wheat germ oil
Mix the clove oil with the carrier oil of your choice and apply to acne spots on face, back, neck…wherever it is needed. AVOID lips and eye area!! The oil may sting a little bit but if it stings too much dilute more, just add more of the carrier oil. To make up a larger amount for regular use, fill a 20ml glass dropper bottle about 80% full with the carrier oil, and add only 5-6 drops of clove oil. If you were to follow the above ratio of 1:6 for this, you’d need to add 50 drops of clove oil (2.5 ml) but this would be too much! It is a very potent oil, and 50 drops even in about 16ml of carrier oil would just be too overpowering
~~Clove Oil Carrier Oils~~
Calendula Oil – it is used in Herbal medicine for wound healing and to relieve skin inflammation and irritation (great for making skin cream!)
Carrot Oil – is rich in vitamin A which has very important antioxidant effects and is a very good anti-wrinkle oil and for Acne treatment. Used with Jojoba and Rosehip oil or on its own to protect against damaging sun rays and makes an excellent after sun treatment.
Jojoba Oil – is a beauty oil that nourishes and balances skin equally good for oily and dry skin as it penetrates very quickly. Stimulates the synthesis of Elastin, therefore, offering better hydration and flexibility.
Rosehip Oil – unique source of omega 3 and 6. Super nourishing healing and antioxidant. Indispensable in all good creams and oils, often combined with other vegetable oils that are more penetrating and moisturizing, very popular night cream and complements any essential oil.