For several years, I have used essential oils to clean and also to fragrance my home. What is an essential oil? It’s a liquid that is usually distilled (most frequently by water or steam) from the stems, leaves, flowers, roots, bark, or other parts of a plant. Essential oils are not really oily-feeling at all. Some oils like lemongrass, orange and patchouli are amber in color. Most essential oils are clear. Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant and are highly concentrated.
The essential oil of clove is a great multi-tasker! Watch out, a little goes a long way!
A few months ago, I was reading about the ingredients in lip-plumping glosses. One of the main components credited for causing the lips to plump, or swell, was oil of cinnamon and/or clove. I tried this: taking a tiny drop of clove oil and lightly applying it to bare lips. Yes, it burned a little at first, but my lips will plumped like nobody’s business. ( Apply lipstick or gloss and you’re good to go for the day or evening. ) Many plumping potions actually work by irritating the lips.
Since this discovery, I have started using clove oil for lots of other things. Take a warm, damp washcloth and place a 1-2 drops of clove oil on it. Thoroughly work this into the cloth. Use the damp washcloth to wipe your face! This is the way I wake my face up in the mornings! The oil stimulates your blood vessels and causes the skin to radiate! Using this along with the Derm Exclusive Skincare has seriously helped my skin!
The antimicrobial properties of clove oil help to kill bacteria and reduces the presence of acne. It is beneficial in removing the scars and blemishes on the skin. The oil acts as a mild chemical peel and gently exfoliates the dead skin or blemished skin causing it to appear clearer and healthier. Be very careful and do not apply the concentrated oil directly to the skin.
Finally, try putting a few drops on your toothbrush. Clove oil is great for freshening the breath because of its powerful germicidal properties. It is also good for numbing the pain of a toothache.
The history of using cloves is intriguing. It dates back to the Han dynasty (207B. C to 220 A.D.) where it was used to conceal halitosis. It was required that those who approached the Chinese emperor hold a clove in their mouth for this purpose. Over the years, Chinese medicine has used cloves to treat diarrhea, indigestion, hernias, ringworm, athletes foot and other fungal infections. When cloves arrived in Europe in the 4th century A.D., they were considered a luxury.