It’s that time of year. Time for the holidays, pumpkin pies, and gingerbread cookies. One of the spices that I always associate with this time of year is Clove — November’s Product of the Month. So what are the properties of Clove essential oil and what can we use it for? Let’s explore some of the uses and benefits.

Emotional Uses of Clove Essential Oil

In Emotions and Essential Oils Clove is called the “Oil of Boundaries”. Clove will help you out of your victim mentality and give you the courage and confidence to say “NO.” You are not codependent or self-sabottaging any more. You are not a pushover, but stand up for yourself. You feel empowered and capable.

Try this great diffuser blend before those days when you need to stand on your own two feet:

CLEAN SLATE

3 drops CARDAMOM
1 drop CLOVE
2 drops BERGAMOT

Health Benefits of Clove Essential Oil

doTERRA Clove oil is sourced from Madagascar. Its harvested from unopened and dried flower buds of the evergreen tree, Eugenia caryophyllata. Most people recognize clove as a spice in their kitchen however, Clove oil is a unique and powerful option that you can utilize even outside the kitchen.

Clove oil can be especially useful for dental hygiene. For years, Clove essential oil has been used in candies, gum, and dental preparations due to its ability to cleanse the mouth and help freshen breath. There are several ways to harness the cleansing and soothing benefits of Clove oil for the teeth, gums, and mouth at home. For example, place a single drop of Clove oil in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect. You can also add one drop of Clove to your toothpaste, which will promote clean teeth and fresh breath. For an extra clean feeling, apply one drop of Clove oil to your teeth Experience the invigorating scent of Clove oil by diffusing it during the fall and winter seasons. For a stimulating diffuser blend, diffuse three drops of Clove, two drops of Cinnamon, and one drop of Wild Orange oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Cooking with Clove

Clove is easy to use in cooking, especially during the holiday season. Try it in cookies and pies. Just remember essential oils are very potent. You may want to start with using a toothpick dipped in the clove oil and stirring the toothpick in your recipe for just a little clove flavor, or just a single drop of essential oil and build from there.

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Try this wonderful take on hot chocolate

Winter White Hot Chocolate

Warm-up with this twist on traditional hot chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1–2 drops Clove oil
  • 1–2 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt, optional
  • 2–3 ounces roughly chopped white chocolate

Instructions

  1. In small sauce pan over medium heat, combine milk, pumpkin, and spices.
  2. Stir constantly until just simmering.
  3. Remove from heat and add chocolate; reserve some for garnish.
  4. Just before serving, top each mug with whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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With the upcoming holidays this cookie recipe is sure to please your guests.

Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup non hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
  • 2 drops Ginger oil
  • 1 drop Clove oil
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1 cup pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Reduce pumpkin by placing in a saucepan over medium heat for 30–45 minutes. Stir often until pumpkin has reduced to ½ cup. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in cooled pumpkin, vanilla, and oils.
  3. Sift remaining dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Place onto baking sheets. Flatten tops with a spoon. Arrange a few pumpkin seeds in the center as garnish.
  6. Bake 10–12 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet for two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Tip: Make your own oat flour by tossing oats in a food processor or blender.