The word clove comes the Latin word 'clavus' which means nail, as the head of the clove bud often resembles a nail and in the 16th and 17th centuries cloves were such precious items in Europe they were worth more than their weight in gold. Clove leaf makes a warm and spicy oil, stimulating to the body and mind. It is used in massage oils before and during childbirth. When diluted it makes a good mouthwash or gargle; a natural pain reliever it is renowned for easing toothache or mouth sores. Clove essential oil also prevents vomiting and is good for skin irritations. The therapeutic properties of clove oil include analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, anti-infectious, disinfectant, insecticide and stimulant. Aroma: warm and spicy. Note: avoid during pregnancy. May irritate skin, use and handle with care.
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