Clove Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Clove Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Clove essential oil is a wonderful and strong oil, where a drop or two really goes a long way. Its scent can convey a warm and sincere feeling.

While it is a perfect oil for fall and winter, with all the uses & benefits clove bud has to offer, you may want to use it all year long.

Historically, cloves were used for skin infections, digestive upsets, and most notably for toothaches. The spice is frequently used in hot beverages and baking. Clove bud oil has a scent that is true to the spice.

This oil comes from clove's tiny flower buds that are picked before they open and then dried until they become the characteristic deep reddish brown color before being distilled.

Clove essential oil has many everyday uses, making it a helpful addition in any home. Aromatically, clove creates a feeling of protection and courage. It is a warming oil that has amazing analgesic and antiseptic properties.

Clove Essential Oil Facts:

Botanical Name:

Syzygium aromaticum

Eugenia caryophyllata

Botanical Family:


Plant Part Used:


Extraction Method:

Steam distilled


Warm, spicy, woody

Main Constituents:

Eugenol, eugenyl acetate, beta-caryophyllene. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.

Shelf Life:

2-3 years

Safety Precautions:

Avoid prolonged use. Don't use undiluted on skin, it is a "hot oil" and will cause skin irritation. Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Not a kid friendly oil. Only use clove bud oil, not the leaf or stem oil.

There is moderate risk for mucous membrane irritation. May inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard. There is a moderate risk of skin sensitization,  Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.5% (3 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil).

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest.

Clove Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Orange, frankincense, cassia, cinnamon, cedarwood, ginger, roman chamomile, fennel.

Therapeutic Uses:

Pain relief, bacterial infection, fungal infection, viral skin infection, warts, verrucas, toothache, gum disease, muscle pain, rheumatism, flu, bronchitis, tired limbs, nausea, flatulence, stomach cramp, abdominal spasm, parasitic infection, scabies, ringworm (from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, page 581).

Acne, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, cuts, insect repellent (mosquito), toothache, ulcers, wounds, arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, asthma, bronchitis, colic, dyspepsia, nausea, colds, flu, minor infections (from The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, page 77).

Clove Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

#1 Relieves Anxiety

-Clove has a warming effect on the senses. It can comfort, foster confidence, and promote self-assurance. Try blending with lavender, orange, geranium, or ylang ylang.

-Shower Drops: Place 2 drops on the shower floor just before you get in for a wonderful, warming scent.

#2 Promotes Motivation

-Clove can inspire activity and action. Its comforting aroma can enhance focus on the task at hand. This is a perfect oil to use when working on an important project.

-Use one drop on a diffuser necklace to have the positive support you need throughout the day to keep you going.

#3 Supports Dental Health

-Clove is especially useful for dental health. Can be used to relieve occasional toothaches on adults. It produces a numbing effect that can ease discomfort and tooth pain. The clove oil not only lessens a toothache, but it also reduces the inflammation caused by a toothache. Read about Toothache Home Remedy.

-Natural Mouthwash: Place one drop of clove oil in 2 ounces of water. Stir well and swish in mouth, spit out. Use to promote clean teeth and fresh breath. 

#4 Immune Booster

-Great for combating seasonal threats due to cloves antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-infectious actions. It is also high in eugenol, making it a powerful source of antioxidants. It can also clear and disinfect the air.

-Use clove in your diffuser, alone or in one of our diffuser blends below, like Orange Pomander, check out the recipes.

-Simmer in a pot of water to rid your house of old, lingering cooking odors and germs. Only a few drops needed.

#5 Soothes Pain & Joints

-Widely known for easing pain, clove has naturally anti-inflammatory properties and local anesthetic actions. It also has a warming effect that loosens sore muscles and eases joints. Works great in massage oil blends, muscle rubs and pain creams.

-Try our Soothing Pain Blend, see our recipe below. Massage this blend over aching joints or muscles, even good for sciatic pain.

Clove Bud Essential Oil Recipes

Fall Fest Salt Scrub

This festive fall sugar scrub is gentle on your skin and has a delicious spicy fall aroma.

  • 3/4 cup Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 4 drops Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 4 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 4 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Combine salt and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl, add in essential oils and stir until blended.

Orange Pomander Diffuser Blend

Pomander balls consist of orange or other citrus fruit studded with cloves and dusted with other spices, they are used to freshen and scent the air.

  • 3 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 2 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.

Mold Prevention Shower Spray

Use this mold prevention spray to combat mold and disinfect bathroom without harmful fumes.

  • 25 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 8 oz Vodka
  • 8 oz Spray Bottle

Combine ingredients into bottle, shake and spray around shower to prevent mold and disinfect surfaces.

Welcome Fall Diffuser Blend

Experience this stimulating blend of oils to create a warm and inviting aroma in your home

  • 3 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 2 drops Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 1 drop Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.

Summer Spice Room Spray

Recipe from our 8 Simple Room Spray Recipes To Make For Summer

  • 8 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 5 drops Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • 5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 2 oz glass spray bottle

Add essential oils to bottle, fill rest of bottle with water. Shake well before use.

Courageous Roller Blend

Promotes courage and inner strength.

Add essential oils to roller bottle, top off with jojoba oil. Gently shake to blend oils. Roll onto wrist and inhale the aroma as needed.

Ease Tension Massage Oil

This beautiful blend is from our 22 Massage Oil post

  • 6 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 6 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 6 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
  • 4 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil (or carrier oil of choice)
  • 2 oz glass lotion pump bottle

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on shoulder, back and arms for relief.

Gingerbread Cookies Diffuser Blend

Clove is on our Best Essential Oils for Christmas, this scrumptious Christmas diffuser blend is from that post.

  • 3 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • 2 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.

Soothing Pain Blend

Remarkable blend for soothing pain and encouraging healing

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 3 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • 2 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 2 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • 1 oz dropper bottle

Add essential oils to dropper bottle, fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil. Swirl to blend together. To use, massage onto desired areas. (3% dilution)

Citrus Spice Beard Oil

Check out our Beard Oil Guide for more recipes

Add essential oils to glass bottle, fill rest of bottle with carrier oil. Shake well to blend. Place a few drops of oil into hands, rub together and massage into the beard. Using a beard comb, brush beard as desired.

Where to Buy Clove Essential Oil

Clove is on our Top 30 Affordable Essential Oils list, so cost should not keep this oil from being added to your collection. Here are two brand we like:

General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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Jennifer Lane

Hello, I'm Jennifer, Founder of Loving Essential Oils. I have a passion for natural health and aromatherapy. I love making DIY products to replace store bought items and strive for a chemical and toxin free home. I enjoy using aromatherapy and essential oils every day to keep my family and myself healthy and happy. My hope is to help you do the same.

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