Clove is one among the priceless gifts of nature to the humankind. It is a dried flower bud which has sweet aroma along with a long history dating back to 4th century BC. According to manuscripts, cloves reached the mainland of Europe in around 4th century BC. It was then referred to as a remedy for digestive problems along with nausea and vomiting. But it gained its legendary power of healing during the medieval ages.
However, China has an even more long history than Europe when it comes to using cloves as a medicine. The emperors used cloves to make their mouth smell good by using the cloves.
Cloves are considered to be the powerhouse of health benefits. It is one of the important ingredients of traditional medicines. Clove is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiseptic simultaneously. Hence, they are a staple in medicinal products. Not only as medicines, cloves, are used in Asian cuisines as an aroma enhancer as well.
What Is Clove Oil?
Clove oil is prepared from clove plant Syzygiumaromaticum as an essential oil. Indonesia and Madagascar have been the major exporter of clove oil in the world. As its ingredient, clove oil has a chemical named eugenol. Eugenol and magnesium oxide together were used as filling material back in 1837. Afterwards, zinc oxide substituted magnesium oxide, and the mixture of zinc oxide and eugenol are widely used nowadays as filling cement. Not only as filling cement, but clove oil has also been used in dentistry as an ingredient of root canal therapy, periodontal therapy and in the treatment of abscesses.
According to studies, eugenol is a more potent analgesic for reducing pain, inflammation
Clove oil for toothache and dental problems
In “The History of Dentistry” by Walter Hoffman-Axthelm, it is claimed that cloves were mentioned by Arabian dentist Al-Gazzar in the 10th century. They were used to control mouth odour and pain.
It can provide temporary relief from a toothache:
A toothache can be painful and irritating simultaneously. And most of the time they happen in such an inconvenient hour, that visiting a dentist is not always possible. One can opt for over-the-counter medicines to treat the pain, but they can choose to use natural options as well. Clove oil is like magic when it comes to ease the pain. To get relief from pain, one can use a swab or cotton ball and soak it in the clove oil along with a carrier oil of choice. Placing the cotton ball on the painful area or applying the mixture by the swab is equally effective. This process can be used one or more times as per the intensity of pain.
Thus, it proves to be a boon to use clove oil for toothache and it can be included in the toothpaste to be beneficial largely for the teeth.
However, this is only for temporary relief. If a toothache persists, it is advised to visit the dentist.
To fight tooth decay:
Tooth decay is also known as cavities, and it is generally discolouration of teeth which can be caused by the breakdown of enamel and dentin. Tooth decay can have stains on teeth, toothache, holes in teeth as its symptoms. This is generally caused by clogging of food remaining in the teeth. Tooth decay can be caused by poor dental hygiene and due to a certain medication. Producing less saliva can also be a cause of thriving bacteria.
Clove oil can fight tooth decaying effectively by fighting bacteria responsible for the cavity, removing the remaining of food, cleansing the mouth, etc. Clove oil has eugenol and β-caryophyllene as its ingredients and, these two fight the bacteria effectively. Eugenol fights the acids which decay dentin and fights tooth decay.
For its action against tooth decaying, clove oil can be a major ingredient of any toothpaste.
To treat mouth ulcers:
Mouth ulcers can be caused by any gastric problems. These generally appear on the delicate tissues of the mouth, such as lips, cheeks or gums. The open sores can be very painful and can be even more painful during eating. As clove oil consists of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it can be useful for treating the mouth ulcers. A dilute mixture of clove oil and water can be used to rinse mouth to heal the ulcers. It is recommended to use the mixture after every meal, so that food remaining does not get stuck between teeth for too long and even if there is some remaining, the bacteria buildup should be controlled by the mixture.
Freshening the mouth:
Clove oil is a great mouth freshener as it has a sweet yet warm smell and it also has anti-bacterial properties. Odour in the mouth is largely caused by poor hygiene and the bacteria buildup. Clove oil helps to fight the odour.
Apart from using it as an ingredient of toothpaste, one can even make a diluted clove oil mixture of the oil and water and can spray it inside the mouth any time of the day.
Beneficial for gum’s health, as well:
Clove oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and thus it helps to reduce swollen gum and irritation of gum. It also helps to stimulate blood circulation in the gum and thus, enhances the gum tissues’ health. Using clove oil daily in moderation as a routine dental cleaning process can boost the gum’s health to a great extent. Healthy gum means healthy teeth as well, so ensuring a healthy gum is fruitful for healthy teeth as well.
For the above-mentioned reasons, clove oil has become a common ingredient of toothpaste over the years. Nowadays, most toothpaste contains clove oil to ensure better dental health. However, using too many chemical compounds with clove oil can diminish its functionality. It is safer to opt for toothpaste which is natural or have lesser chemicals as ingredients. Even if clove oil is absent in your toothpaste, you can always buy the oil from any departmental store and use it as per your needs and convenience.
Benefits Of Clove Oil, Apart From Treating Dental Problems:
Though clove oil is largely associated with treatments of dental problems, there are other benefits of clove oil as well:
- Immunity booster: The abundance of anti-oxidant helps to remove the free radicals of our body and thus take direct action against cancer and other heart ailments.
- Antiseptic properties: A well-known anti-septic, clove oil is used for the treatment of cuts, wounds, fungal infections, and stings too. However, as it is an essential oil, direct application of the clove oil on the wounds can be proven to be fatal. It renders the best results when applied with other carrier oils, such as coconut or almond oil.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: a sore throat, cough, cold can be a bit relieved if someone uses clove oil.
- Headache reliever: A victim of a chronic headache can be relieved if he/she uses clove oil and salt to apply on the forehead. The constituent flavonoids with the anti-inflammatory properties help to ease the pain.
- Skin benefactor: Mixing clove oil with cream can have several benefits. It works as an anti-bacterial element to fight acne and even fights anti-ageing.
- Fights indigestion: Gastric problems like indigestion, flatulence can be remedied with clove oil.
- Making hair more beautiful: A few drops with any carrier oil can be proven amazing for dull hair. Clove oil provides nourishment for hair growth and enlivens the dull hair.
- Stress reliever: Massaging clove oil can be helpful for easing stress.
- Eases nausea: Nausea in pregnant women is a common instance and using clove oil in aromatherapy can be of great use here.
- Managing diabetes: Clove oil can manage insulin level in blood effectively.
Side Effects Of Using Clove Oil:
As much as it is beneficial for dental health, clove oil can cause problems sometimes as well.
- More is not better when we talk about clove oil. As it is considered to be “hot” oil, it can be proven to be harsh for the stomach. Also, if not using it as an ingredient of toothpaste, it is recommended to use it with any carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil. This carrier oil enhances the productivity of clove oil, too.
- Clove oil is harmful to eyes and any other sensitive membranes or tissues, so it is recommended to use a very dilute solution of clove oil.
- Clove oil, which is there in toothpaste, is safe to use orally. But if you are using clove oil as an essential oil, it is mandatory to look for “supplement fact” in the label. If the label does not have it, then the oil is not to be used orally.
- If you are looking for toothpaste with clove oil, make sure it does not use too many chemicals. Using too much chemical as toothpaste can be harmful to your teeth even more.