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The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and stress relieving properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.
According to the American Cancer Society, "Some practitioners claim that a mixture of cloves, black walnut hulls, and wormwood can cure cancer (see our documents Black Walnut and Wormwood)."
The Chinese are said to have used cloves as medicine as early as 600 AD, and they are used in various folk medicine traditions around the world. In modern times some dentists have started to swab clove oil on the inside of patients’ mouths to lessen the pain of anesthetic injections.
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|1. Cloves, 2. Cloves at Spice Plantation, 3. Cloves drying, 4. Sea of Cloves|