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Clove oil home remedies to relieve toothache, reduce headache, heal toenail fungus and more

Have you tried inhaling clove oil when stressed? Try it out and see the results.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : April 12, 2016 10:28 AM IST

Clove oil has antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and analgesic properties and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. Here are reasons why it is a must-have in your medicine cabinet.

Clove oil relieves toothache

If you suffer from toothache, clove oil can be excellent to alleviate the pain. According to dental practitioner Dr. Jerry Das, the compound eugenol in clove oil has antiseptic properties that eases the pain. All you need to do is dab a little clove oil on a cotton ball and apply it on the sore tooth n your gums. Clove oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that will pull out any infection from your gums and also freshen up your breath. Also, try home remedies for a toothache that work.

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Clove oil heals toenail fungus

The potent antiseptic and antifungal properties of clove also help treat toenail fungal infections. The antifungal properties of clove oil have a significant effect against the major acne-causing bacterium and potentially help limit the fungal growth, says Dr Biplav Agrawal, Consultant Dermatologist, Immunologist. If you experience pain due to toenail fungus, only add 6-8 drops of clove oil to 2 tsp coconut oil and apply it on your toenail. Use this 2-3 times a day to get relief.

Clove oil eases headache

Clove oil has flavonoids and many other anti-inflammatory agents that can relieve tension and inflammation that brings about a headache, says Dr. Rashmi Sanghi. To 2 drops of clove oil add one teaspoon of sea salt and mix well. Combine well and massage it on your forehead to get instant relief from a headache. Applying clove oil on sore muscles can help reduce the inflammation and swelling. This 5-minute hack to beat headache works.

Clove oil relieves stress

According to Dr Anusuya Suresh, who specialises in stress management, clove oil can have a stimulating effect on your mind and act as an excellent stress reliever. Add 2-3 drops of clove oil in boiling water and directly inhale the steam. It can serve as an instant mood booster. Steam inhalation of clove oil can also relax you and put you to sleep. You must also have these 6 aromatherapy oils in your medicine cabinet.

Excellent mosquito repellent

Clove oil can be excellent insect repellent suggests a study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease [1]. You can only sprinkle a few drops of clove oil to your bed sheet in the night to keep away the mosquitoes and bug. These essential oils are also effective as pest repellent.


[1] Sritabutra, D., & Soonwera, M. (2013). Repellent activity of herbal essential oils against Aedes aegypti (Linn.) and Culex quinquefasciatus (Say.). Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 3(4), 271 276.

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