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Clove Oil Uses and Benefits

Essential Oil Spotlight

Bottle of doTERRA Clove oil. What is Clove oil used for? Clove essential oil is commonly used to help clean the teeth and gums.

Clove Essential Oil Product Description

Sourced from Madagascar, doTERRA Clove essential oil is harvested from unopened and dried flower buds of the evergreen tree, Eugenia caryophyllata. Though it is more commonly recognized as a ground household spice, Clove oil is a unique and powerful option that you can utilize even outside the kitchen. Clove oil a popular choice for adding spice to a meal, administering a warming massage, freshening your breath, and more. Clove essential oil has many everyday uses—making it a helpful addition in any home.

Clove Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Bottle of Clove essential oil with homemade bread. Wondering how to use Clove essential oil? Clove oil can be used in oral care, adding flavor when cooking, or to create a warming massage.

  1. Clove oil can be especially useful for dental hygiene. For years, Clove oil has been used in candies, gum, and dental preparations due to its ability to cleanse the mouth and help freshen breath. There are several ways to harness the cleansing and soothing benefits of Clove oil for the teeth, gums, and mouth at home. For example, place a single drop of Clove oil in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect. You can also add one drop of Clove oil to your toothpaste, which will promote clean teeth and fresh breath. For an extra clean feeling, apply one drop of Clove oil to your teeth and gums after your six month appointment with your dentist.
  2. Because of its warm, spicy characteristics, Clove oil makes the perfect addition to your favorite autumn or holiday recipes. This essential oil pumpkin pie recipe harnesses the delicious, spicy flavor of Clove oil, Ginger oil, and Cinnamon essential oils to add a new twist to an old favorite. Whether you are getting ready to host a big holiday party, or you are looking for the perfect dessert for a crisp fall evening, this pumpkin pie recipe with Clove oil will soon become your go-to for the holiday season.
  3. Not only is the spicy, autumn flavor of Clove oil great for cooking, you can also enjoy the scent of Clove oil in your own homemade sugar scrub. Make your own skin exfoliating scrub at home by combining the fall scents of Cassia, Ginger, and Clove essential oil, and enjoy smooth, exfoliated skin. You’ll love this festive fall sugar scrub with Clove oil that smells like a crisp autumn day.
  4. Add Clove oil to your daily supplement regimen to help promote wellness. To experience the benefits that Clove oil has to offer, consider adding two or three drops of Clove oil to a doTERRA Veggie Capsule and take internally to support cardiovascular health.*
  5. Have you tried making your own potpourri using essential oils? Clove oil is a helpful addition to a homemade potpourri concoction, especially if you are trying to fill your home with the warm scents of autumn and winter. Use Cinnamon, Cassia, Vetiver, Wild Orange, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove oil, and your other favorite oils to add an aroma to this homemade potpourri and enjoy the warm, spicy, and herbal scents of fall.
  6. Make a sweet treat for your loved ones with this delicious gingerbread cookie recipe with Clove oil. Obviously you’ll need some Ginger essential oil, but you can amp up the taste of regular gingerbread cookies with some extra help from Cinnamon and Clove oil. These yummy gingerbread cookies are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan, so they are perfect for any of your friends or family who have diet restrictions. Plus, they taste delicious!  
  7. Because Clove oil brings a warming sensation to the skin, it is sometimes used for massage therapy. Keep in mind, however, that Clove oil is known as a hot oil, and should always be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Or, if you want to enjoy the benefits of a calming, warm massage at home, you can also combine Clove oil with the doTERRA Hand and Body lotion.
  8. Experience the invigorating scent of Clove oil by diffusing it during the fall and winter seasons. For a stimulating diffuser blend, diffuse three drops of Clove oil, two drops of Cinnamon, and one drop of Wild Orange oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice.

doTERRA Clove oil bottle in bowl with fresh clove. What are the top uses for Clove oil? Clove oil can be used to clean the teeth and gums, and also provides the body with powerful antioxidant benefits.*

Looking for more Clove oil uses? Check out these tutorials on the doTERRA Product Blog to get more ideas for how you can use Clove oil:
Bath Salt Ornaments with Clove oil
Cinnamon Spice Salad Dressing with Clove oil
Pumpkin Cookies 
Essential Cologne

Fun Fact:

Clove gets its name from the Latin word clavus, meaning “nail.” This is a fitting name, as the buds of clove resemble small tacks or nails.

Plant Description

Where does Clove oil come from? Clove oil comes from flower buds of an evergreen tree. Requiring a tropical, humid environment, the clove tree produces flower buds, and Clove oil is created out of the unopened or dried flower buds. Clove trees have been useful for centuries for cooking, perfumes, and other aromatic uses. Originally hailing from Southeast Asia, the clove tree, or Eugenia caryophyllata, can live up to 100 years and is a member of the myrtle family whose leaves, flowers, and buds are highly aromatic—making it useful for essential oil production.

Chemistry of Clove Essential Oil

Main Chemical Component: Eugenol

The bud of a clove tree contains a significant amount of the active chemical component eugenol, which contributes to the energizing fragrance of Clove oil. Studies have shown that eugenol has the potential to assist the body in maintaining normal gastrointestinal motility, which is particularly helpful during times of stress when the digestive tract is not functioning properly.* Eugenol is also used in several dentistry applications, which is why the oil from clove buds is often noted for its benefits for oral care.

Oils that blend well with Clove essential oil

Want to add Clove oil to your next diffuser blend? Wondering which oils blend well with Clove oil? Similar to other spicy or woody essential oils, Clove oil blends well with essential oils that have similar properties. Spicy essential oils like Wild Orange, Frankincense, Cassia, Cedarwood, Ginger, and Cinnamon blend well with Clove oil due to their warm aromatic characteristics. Clove oil also blends well with sweet, herbaceous essential oils like Roman Chamomile and Fennel oil.

Where to Buy Clove Essential Oil

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If you’ve already experienced the versatile and beneficial properties of Clove oil, take a look at our Clove oil page and see how to order your own. If you are new to essential oils, you’ll want to make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality, safe to use, and carefully tested. At doTERRA, we rely on CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade™ quality testing to ensure that our oils are safe, pure, and potent. So when you order Clove oil from doTERRA, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting a quality product.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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