Economic uses

Essential oil obtained from Syzygium aromaticum is used as an:

  • analgesic
  • aromatic
  • antibiotic
  • antiseptic
  • anthelmintic
  • mosquito repellent
  • anti-rheumatic
  • carminative agent

Dentists also use clove oil to disinfect root canals.

Clove oil is used as an ingredient in herbal toothpaste and mouthwash.

The volatile oil from the buds is used in perfumery and in the manufacture of vanillin (artificial vanilla flavouring).

Clove oil is also used in the preparation of scented cigarettes.

Traditional Chinese physicians use cloves to treat:

  • indigestion
  • stomach infections
  • fungal infections

India's Ayurvedic healers use cloves to treat respiratory and digestive ailments.

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