Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter Made Easy

People often overlook essential oils as anything other than natural substitutes for synthetic fragrances, but you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that they also have a plethora of other uses (some more than others). One of these multi-use essential oils is clove oil! 

Although we've mentioned clove on previous occasions, we thought it important enough to mention it again!

What is so great about clove oil, you ask? Well, for those of you unfamiliar, the active compound credited for the beneficial properties of clove is eugenol (although capsaicin is also present in small amounts).

Eugenol is responsible for the anti-fungal, antiseptic, anesthetic, and anti-parasitic properties of clove. This fantastic natural compound is also present in cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and basil, although not in as high of a percentage.

This surprisingly inexpensive essential oil has been used in traditional healing methods since before the middle ages. Even today, a surprising number of home remedies include clove oil as their main ingredient. These applications include remedies for athletes foot, depression, digestive disorders, fatigue, headaches, respiratory ailments, toothaches, and muscle pain. 

Try the time honored tradition of adding cloves to oranges or lemons for a health, easy and aromatic decoration for winter.

On top of the above listed remedies, oral consumption of clove oil has been known to help ease nausea and diarrhea - both of which are certainly applicable in this season of influenza, wouldn't you say? In fact, around this time of year, you may even want to add a few drops of clove oil to your humidifier to help ease cough and cold symptoms, and prevent the spread of airborne microbes.

Caution: be aware that overdose of eugenol can result in damage to the liver.