Last week we learned about Frankincense as an essential oil for Health and Wellness.

First what are essential oils? They are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bard, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind. The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant. Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than their dry herb cousins.

The oils in plants perform many functions in the living plant. In most cases they are a part of the immune health of the plant or they may just be the end product of the plants metabolism. For this reason scientists agree that the oils are healing because they contain hundreds of organics, including hormones, vitamins that work on many levels.

When you plant a seed to grow a plant, it germinates, a plant grows and more seeds are created. Each plant has its own life force so to transfer that ‘essence’ to ourselves can only be a positive outcome.

A special note; There is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade. Even if it says it on the bottle it’s just marketing. If it says it’s FDA or otherwise approved, not true! Therapeutic grade usually means it was manufactured according to strict standards of purity and may be taken internally.

With that said here is 1 of 8 essential oils for health and wellness.

clove oil

Clove Oil

The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, headache, stress and blood impurities. The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient.

Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred to as clove bud.

Dental care: As mentioned above, the most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for many years.

Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of clove oil also helps to eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil is added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including mouthwash and tooth paste.

Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal. But be careful, clove oil is very strong and can cause burns inside your mouth if used incorrectly.

Recent studies and careful consideration of the power of clove oil have resulted in it being used as a soothing balm on infants who are teething. In extremely diluted form, it can be applied to a baby’s gums, and the antiseptic and soothing qualities of the oil can ease their pain and reduce their discomfort.

Skin care: Clove oil is often recommended for skin care, especially for acne patients. The effects are best achieved when the oil is used in liquid form and spread on a clean, dry rag. You will find clove oil in many products for lessening the effects of aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial rejuvenation for the eyes because of its regenerative and stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow to unhealthy skin and make it look young again!

Stress: Clove oil is aphrodisiac in nature and therefore serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. When ingested in appropriate amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. Clove oil also induces sleep and is helpful to patients suffering from insomnia. It is also useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression and anxiety.

Some information received via www.organicfacts.net.

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