Clove oil does contain natural compounds that can reduce pain when applied topically. It has a long history of use in dental care primarily for relieving the pain associated with toothaches. However, it is very important that the clove essential oil be prepared properly or else it can create many more problems than it will help.
A girlfriend recommended clove oil for my teething three month old. She said to apply it directly to her gums. It this safe? Should I dilute the oil?
Dr. Kristin Cox
Kristin Cox earned her bachelor of science degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. In 2001 Dr. Cox graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon with her Naturopathic Doctorate degree. Soon after graduating Dr. Cox moved back to Alaska where she had spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Dr. Cox spent her first year in practice at the Holistic Medical Clinic in Fairbanks. In 2002 Dr. Cox relocated to the capital city, Juneau and opened her private practice. In 2005 Dr. Cox expanded her practice to include Colon Hydrotherapy. Dr. Cox specializes in general family medicine with a focus on optimizing wellness. Dr. Cox's practice includes endocrinology, digestive health, chronic disease, allergies, and autoimmune disease. Dr. Cox practices using conventional laboratory testing, diet and nutritional counseling, botanical medicine, homeopathy, colon hydrotherapy and also bee venom therapy. Dr. Cox is the mother of a very healthy 4.5 year old daughter and enjoys spending her free time hiking, studying the local flora, picking berries, eating fresh wild salmon and generally enjoying the Alaskan wilderness.