How does Clove work?

Clove oil contains a chemical that may decrease pain.

Are there safety concerns?

Clove seems safe for most people when applied to the skin.

Frequent and repeated application of clove oil in the mouth or on the gums can sometimes cause damage to the gums, tooth pulp, skin, and mucous membranes.

In children, clove oil is unsafe to take by mouth. It can cause severe side effects such as seizures, liver damage, and fluid imbalances.

Inhalation of the smoke from clove cigarettes is unsafe and can cause side effects such as breathing problems and lung infections. Dried clove can also cause mouth sensitivity and irritation, and damage to dental tissues.

Clove oil is unsafe to inject into the veins. It can cause severe breathing problems and lung damage.

Do not use clove in medicinal amounts if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Clove might increase the risk of bleeding.

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