Does your tooth hurt? Did a wasp stab you? You must have clove tincture or oil in your first aid kit. Here is a simple instruction on how to make the medicine yourself.

Clove is a favorite ingredient for its wide range of use
Clove is a favorite ingredient for its wide range of use
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East medicine has known the drug’s beneficial effects for more than 2,000 years. Initially, Indonesian spices have gained popularity not only in the kitchen but also in the home pharmacy. Easily manufacturable clove products may help you get rid of a lot of common health issues:

  • Oral cavity – toothache, sore throat, aphthae
  • Skin – acne, eczema, smallpox, mycosis
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Insect bites and stings
  • respiratory tract inflammation

Clove Calms Down a Skin

Clove tincture heals skin issues
Clove oil heals skin issues
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Clove tincture works as a local anesthetic, relieving pain and discomfort such as itching or burning. This homemade medicine significantly alleviates skin reactions after insect bites and stings. It can calm down burnt skin by nettles. Do you fight against acne? Clove oil is a great helper and protects the skin from premature aging. But first, apply little oil to a small area and wait for two minutes to make sure it will not irritate your face/skin.

Clove tincture heals wet eczema bearings. Although it may burn a little at first, feeling of relief will come in a couple of seconds. After repeated use, the infected skin begins to heal. You will know it by that the reddish areas gradually lighten.

For its antifungal and antibacterial effects, clove is a great helper against skin mycosis. Also, the tincture pleasantly refreshes the affected skin and brings immediate relief from persistent itching. That is not all cloves can do. It proved itself with smallpox. All you need to do is treat the affected areas with a cotton swab dipped in clove macerate. Your baby will stop scratching, and the blisters will disappear faster.

Toothache First Aid

Clove tincture relieves toothache
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If an aching tooth is annoying you, keep chewing a clove. Or soak a piece of cotton wool in the tincture, place it in a sore spot, and let it work. It may help you spend the night before going to the dentist. Clove oil or tincture effectively dampens a painful dental nerve’s sensitivity and highly suppresses the dental inflammation pain.

Some toothpaste and gargles contain clove oil. The producers know that its effects keep teeth, gums, and the entire oral cavity in a healthy state. Clove dental products protect your teeth against the decalcification and promote teeth remineralization.

Similarly, we can cure aphthae or gum follicles. Those who are more daring can gargle with the diluted tincture for sore throats. It’s not exactly a tasty thing, but it’s worth the opportunity to have the whole lunch.

How to Make Clove Tincture and Oil

Clove oil relax muscules
Clove oil relax muscules
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The procedure is very easy. Everyone can handle these recipes. You need only a few ingredients which are commonly available in every supermarket:

  • Clove tincture ingredients: 5 oz of 60% alcohol and 1 oz of whole clove spice.
  • The tincture instruction: pour the alcohol into a jar with a lid, add cloves, and let the closed jar macerate in a dark place for two weeks. You can then pour the tincture into another container, discard the cloves, or leave the spices inside.
  • Clove oil ingredients: 1.5 oz vegetable oil (olive, sesame, almond, hemp, etc.), 0.5 oz ground clove spice.   
  • The oil instruction: mixture oil and powder in a jar with a lid, keep it in the dark place for 14 days, shake it occasionally. Then pour the oil through a sieve and threw out the spice remains.

During the flu season, add a few drops to an essential oil lamp or a diffuser. It disinfects the air and helps to treat respiratory tract inflammation. The scent of cloves evokes a pleasant Christmas atmosphere. Clove oil is used, among other things, in the production of ointments for painful joints and muscles. You can add it to the massage oil as well.


I have personally tried many, if not all, of the mentioned advances above. My children name the brown-colored macerate “magic water.” They believe in the miraculous effects. Cloves, the tincture, and the oil must be part of our cuisine and first aid kit. When you make the medcine according to my procedure, please share your experience in the comment.