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Benefits of Clove Oil

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Clove oil is extracted from clove buds, flower buds found on trees in the Myrtaceae family native to Indonesia. Clove is most commonly known in its ground form as an Indian spice.  Clove oil has historically been used for the treatment of many illnesses, the most popular being oral care. But as essential oil’s gain popularity and homeopathic remedies become all the rage, you may find yourself questioning what else clove oil can be used for?

1.)  Stye

A stye is an inflammation on or around the eyelash, you may experience pain, swelling, and irritation to the eyes. A stye is typically quite visible and easy to diagnose. Clove oil can be used to treat the eye and reduce the irritation and pain. Simply apply a small amount of clove oil directly to the stye, avoid getting the clove oil in your eye as it may cause irritation.

2.)  Ear Ache

Living with an earache can be difficult and painful; clove oil is believed to relieve both the pain and fight off infection. It is suggested that by placing a drop of clove oil in the ear canal, you can have near instant relief from an earache.

3.)  Insect Repellent

Clove oil has become a popular ingredient in insect repellent, especially insect repellant made completely of essential oils. Clove oil can be combined with other essential oils or diluted to use by itself. Do not apply clove oil directly to the skin, rather use a diluting oil or rubbing alcohol at a 1:10 ration of clove to a diluting agent. You can then place your homemade repellant in a spray bottle or roller ball for convenient use.

4.)  Dental Health

Due to the germicidal content in this type of oil, it is most commonly known for its uses to relieve dental pain. Clove is believed to be an effective way to relieve toothaches, cavities, sore gums, and bad breath. According to, Organic Facts, caution should be used when using clove oil to treat oral problems. Too much clove oil or no diluting it properly may lead to burns inside of the mouth.

5.)  Candida

Candida is the most common cause of fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot. Many varieties of candida fungal infections are harmless, but if the immune system is compromised, candida can cause dangerous disease. Candida is most common in the intestines and throat, which are well treated with this oil. Clove oil cannot eliminate candida overgrowth, however, it can be used in mild to moderate cases to manage the growth of candida, according to enatural healing.

10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

 

When you think of cinnamon, the first thing that comes to mind may be fall and all of the delightful, cinnamon filled treats. But, cinnamon has long been used around the world for its health benefits. Cinnamon has many benefits beyond being a loved spice and flavorful additive to both sweet and savory dishes.

1 Antioxidants

The majority of cinnamons health benefits can be attributed to the fact that it is rich in antioxidants. As a matter of fact, one teaspoon of cinnamon has just as many antioxidants as a full cup of pomegranate juice does. According to, Cinnamon Vogue, cinnamon is one of the top 7 antioxidants in the world.

2 Healing Properties

According to the, NCBI, Cinnamon has healing properties and can successfully be used to treat open wounds. The study showed significant improvement of pain, swelling, and redness in comparison to those not treated with cinnamon. 

3 Weight Loss

Cinnamon can help you lose weight by creating a chemical reaction when it is consumed. Your body reacts to the heat from the cinnamon and works to chemically digest it. This in turn speeds up your metabolism.

4 Sore Throat

It is believed that if you take cinnamon as soon as the symptoms of a sore throat and cough begin, the bacteria fighting agents in cinnamon will stop it in its tracks.

5 Food Preservative

Cinnamon may also be used to ward off bacteria and keep food fresh longer, even without refrigeration. According to, Cinnamon Extract, studies have shown that breads packed with cinnamon oil in the packaging combated 96% of mold growth compared to the bread packaged without it. It is believed that cinnamons antibacterial benefits are responsible for this outcome.

6 Massage Therapy

Cinnamon is extremely popular in massage oils for its natural heating effect. When combined with another oil, applying cinnamon oil directly to the skin is not recommended, it can be extremely useful for relieving muscle and joint pain.

7 Menstrual cramps

It is believed that the antioxidants and antimicrobial benefits of cinnamon can be used to relieve painful menstrual cramps. It is also able to fight microorganisms with its anti-inflammatory properties. More research is still needed to prove these effects one menstruation.

8 Cancer

Studies on animals have shown cinnamon to be beneficial in protecting against cancer. While far more research and clinical trials are still needed, cinnamon could give us a link to fighting of cancer in the future. It is believed that the cinnamon can reduce the growth of cancer cells and prevent blood vessels from forming in tumors.

9 Ant Repellant

Ants absolutely detest cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon at any entry point for ants in your home or areas where you have had a frequent ant problem. Sprinkling cinnamon directly on an ant bed will also cause them to move elsewhere. 

10 Cognitive Awareness

It is believed that just the smell of cinnamon is enough to keep your brain alert. Cinnamon oil is becoming extremely popular in perfumes and essential oil mixes. Cinnamon oil is mixed with a base oil and occasionally some others and then applied to the temples, forehead, neck, and even in oil burners to increase alertness and overall cognitive response.