Clove oil is made from the essential oil of cloves. Cloves are a spice made from the dried flower buds of the plant called Eugenia caryophyllata.
Cloves contain some of the same phenols as Oil of Oregano , namely carvarcol and thymol, among others, which are highly antifungal in nature, as well as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.
Cloves are one of the most potent Antifungal Herbs .
The effects of clove oil, including its antimicrobial and antifungal properties, have been known and recorded for thousands of years. You'll even find a product in the oral hygiene section of most drug stores today, made from the essential oil of cloves. It's used in the topical treatment and pain relief of tooth and gum infections. It helps ease the pain, and the antiseptic qualities of the cloves fight infection.
A potent antifungal tea is made by simmering organic ground cloves in hot water.
The flavor of this tea is quite strong, and can be difficult for some people to drink. I have a trick for easing a new palate into the flavor of strong brewed clove tea (you'll find the recipe on the Clove Tea page link in the next paragraph), but even still, some people just "don't like" the flavor of cloves.
If Clove Tea is not to your liking you can take the oil internally instead. Simply fill a small glass (like a shot glass) with pure water, add 2 or 3 drops of the oil, and “knock it back”, followed by a cup of your favorite hot herbal tea.
The strong flavored oil will be diluted and “washed” from your mouth and down your throat by the hot tea. Take this mixture once or twice a day, between meals, for up to 5 days at a time. Then, for good measure, take a break for couple of days before starting again.
A few important notes:
Full strength clove oil is highly irritating to the skin, remember to dilute it with a carrier oil, or in warm water to make a compress, before applying to the skin.
If you are pregnant, consult your health care practitioner before taking clove oil internally.
The full strength oil has been demonstrated to render human sperm inactive in some contraceptive trials, so take care in using it to treat vaginal infections if you are trying to conceive.
Clove infused oil is a milder product than the full strength essential oil, and safe to use on your skin.
Use a carrier oil (almond oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil are all great) to make an infused oil. Use 1/4 cup of the carrier oil and add 30 drops of the clove oil.
Blend thoroughly and use as an ointment to treat scalp infections such as seborrheic dermatitis. Just pick a day when you don't have to leaved the house for a while, and use your fingers to gently massage the infused oil into your scalp, taking care not to get it in your eyes. Leave on for an hour or longer and then wash your hair. You can also use this oil topically on fungal skin infections.
For a nice hand oil, especially for rough, dry or chapped hands: Steep whole cloves, which have been lightly bruised with a mortar & pestle, in a carrier oil for 2 weeks - about 10 cloves for one liquid cup measurement of oil. Strain the oil and use daily (before bed, and then wearing light cotton gloves to sleep is a great time to do it). Alternatively, just add a few drops of Clove Oil to one of the carrier oils, blend thoroughly and use that instead.