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Essential Oil Eases Pain, Kills Viruses

Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Written by Michelle Schoffro Cook

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We often associate the sweet pungent aroma of cloves with the holiday season, but few people ever consider its therapeutic properties.  Essential oil of clove can be used for a whole range of purposes, including:  pain relief, and killing fungi and viruses.clove-oil-health-benefits-150x150

Easing Pain
Clove essential oil’s is best known for its ability to alleviate toothaches, making it a common ingredient in natural toothpaste and mouthwash.  Additionally, it is often added to liniment and massage oils since it component, eugenol, has anti-pain properties.

Candida Infections and Athlete’s Foot
Recent research in the journal Mycoses demonstrates clove oil’s antifungal properties and supports its use on athlete’s foot.  Additional research shows that it is effective against a wide variety of other fungi, including candida and vaginal yeast infections.

Kills Viruses
This potent aromatherapy oil has also been shown in studies to halt reproduction of the herpes viruses including those linked to cold sores and shingles.

Because it is a potent oil and can be irritating to mucous membranes and the skin, it should always be diluted in a carrier oil like sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil (about 3 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil).  Also, be sure to do a test patch on the inside of your arm and wait for 24 or 48 hours to be sure you aren’t sensitive to the oil.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, is an international best-selling and seven-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, The Phytozyme Cure and HealthSmart News. Learn more at


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