Teething and Clove Essential Oil

Do you get tired of the whining when your poor little one is sad with teething problems?  I know I do!  Several months ago a friend told me to use clove essential oil on my 2 year old’s teething molars.  I dabbed a little on my finger and then rubbed it all over his gums where he was teething .  He hated the taste of it for about a minute and then he was fine and much, much happier!  I loved it!

Then just about a month ago one of my friends from high school asked me if there was an essential oil for teething because his child was extremely uncomfortable and he and his wife hadn’t slept much in a week or two.  I sent him a little sample bottle of clove and about a week later I was talking to him and he said the oil worked within minutes and that his they had finally gotten some good sleep!  Yeah!  It makes me so happy when I can help families be happier (and there is nothing better than a happy momma!)!

(When using clove for teething you definitely just need a dab because clove is a very strong oil.   If you use more than 3 times in a day you may want to dilute with fractionated coconut oil so it doesn’t cause desensitization.)

What is Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)?

Clove essential oil comes from the flower buds of the Myrtacae tree or bush (of the Myrtle family) that is an evergreen and grows up to 39 feet .    The English name clove is derived from the Latin clavus meaning nail because of their nail-like shape. 

The oil is steam distilled from the bud and stems that create an oil high in the phenol eugenol.  Phenols are the most powerful antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic constituents in the all of the plant world.  They are stimulating to the nervous and immune system, and are very oxygenating.  Clove oil is a natural analgesic (relieve pain) and antiseptic (relieve infection) and so are used in dentistry.  Some people will use clove oil for numbing instead of a dentist’s shots.   Clove is also known for it’s popular use in the kitchen.  Countries all over the world use it in their dishes, from India, to Mexico, Vietnam, and the Netherlands.  My personal favorite use of cloves is in the sweetness of  soft gingersnap cookies!

Some uses for clove outside of teething and tooth pain is for pulling out infections from tissues, blood clots, bronchitis intestinal parasites, bronchitis, cholera, diarrhea, flatulence, flu, bad breath, insect bites and stings, nausea, nettles and poison oak (takes out sting), sinusitis, skin cancer, removes desire to smoke (by placing oil from finger to tongue), viral hepatitis, vomiting and warts.  It’s aroma may help improve memory as well as create a feeling of protection and courage.  Clove is also anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antitumor, antiviral, and an immune stimulant.

Clove and ORAC Value

What is the ORAC score?  ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.  Aging happens as free radicals arise in our bodies from our body as well as from the external environment.  When our body keeps these radicals in check we stay healthy and young.  When you eat foods high in antioxidants (that absorb free radicals) you will be more youthful and disease-free.

The higher the ORAC score the more capable that food is to help you stay healthier.  Clove is one of the top ORAC scored food items.  For example:

  • Blueberry scored                           2500
  • Chinese wolf berry scored            25,000
  • Clove Oil scored                             1,078,000

Taking two drops of clove oil is like eating 2 1/2 cups of blueberries!  Clove is simply an amazing oil!!!

When using clove on sensitive skin you will want to dilute one to one with a carrier oil.


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_of_cloves
  2. http://www.academyhealthnj.com/Products/BYJLongevity.pdf
  3. Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, aromatools.com
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