A little bottle of clove has many uses in the house!
Clove is most known for helping with dental issues and has antiseptic properties. It has a numbing properties that can help with pain and swelling. It is excellent to be used as a preventative oral rinse and you can even add a drop to your toothpaste, just before brushing.
As an oral rinse, use 20-30 drops per 1 cup of water. Swish the rinse around and then spit out. Do not swallow or it will cause numbing or tingling in the throat.
In lab studies, the antioxidant properties of clove extract have been shown to slow tumor growth and promote cell death. You may add the clove extract to smoothies, in beverages and in food, as you like but remember that it is concentrated.
This extract can be used topically but with care. Some can apply a drop or two to inflamed joints but some would need to dilute it in a little bit of water or lotion before applying. A few drops added to your shampoo in your hand will give you an invigoration wash and it does help to repel lice and aid with dandruff.
Add a full dropperfull to warm water in the sink to soak your hands or in a foot soak. Please do not add to body bath water.
Apply a few drops to your kitchen sponge to wipe down surfaces to help repel bugs in the kitchen and give a fresh sent.
I make a mouthwash with this or just put a few drops on problem areas of my mouth. It helps to reduce swelling and has numbing effects to ease tooth and gum pain.
When cooking I like to use it on hams and also in chicken soup or broth. A little goes a long way!