Clove is extremely strong! It should never be used on the skin, unless under the care of a trained aromatherapist, and even then, strongly diluted. With that being said, we can imagine how healing clove could be! Clove is an antiseptic, making it useful in cases of viruses and infections. It’s possible clove could numb nerves, and many trained aromatherapists recommend using it with their clients for toothaches, applied directly to a cotton ball and placed on the tooth (avoiding the gum).
Clove is wonderfully pleasing to me! It’s categorized as a ‘spicy’ aroma and is said to help with fatigue, depression and memory and can even be an aphrodisiac. In the diffuser, clove blends well with basil, black pepper, cajeput, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, rosemary and thyme. Check out this post on blending and this post on notes before you start mixing all those oils together. 🙂
According to the text, Emotional Healing with Essential Oils, by Daniel Macdonald, clove is The Oil of Boundaries. Clove addresses the emotions of feeling like the victim, feeling defeated, dominated or enslaved. It address the fear of rejection and intimidation as well as being controlled by others or being co-dependent.
The author suggests that clove gives the self back power and allows individuals to gain their integrity back. Clove allows us to stand up for ourselves again and break free from unhealthy habits, creating boundaries.
Macdonald suggests using clove in combination with ginger, helichrysum, yarrow and/or blue tansy.
As mentioned already, but worth repeating, clove should only be used with extreme and professionally guided caution on the skin. Those on blood thinners should avoid using clove.