How to Make Your Own Clove Oil
Clove oil is one of the most important things that you can keep in your survival medical kit. Not only is it a powerful antiseptic, but it works wonders when it comes to controlling nerve pain associated with toothaches and dental infections. The good news is that you don’t need to shell out a lot of cash for quality products or take chances from ordering clove oil from companies that may or may not be giving you the real deal. You can make your own batch in a few simple steps, and all of the ingredients are fresh, natural and don’t contain harmful additives.
The first step is to source quality cloves that are as fresh and whole as possible. Try to avoid using those found in the spice aisle of your favorite supermarket. Rather, look for a supplier that will provide you with high quality, non-processed cloves. It’s worth the wait, and the finished product will most likely be much more potent and effective. However, if you’re in a jam, using cloves from your spice rack is also a viable option.
Keep in mind that the amount of cloves that you use will have a direct relationship with the potency of the remedy. You may need to do some experimentation in order to find the right balance based on your needs and preferences. While you can dilute the clove oil with some olive oil prior to use, it’s always better to start off with the proper proportions to begin with.
Preparing the Infusion
Take a handful of cloves and place them in a dark and sanitized glass jar, such as a medicine bottle. However, you can also use a small mason jar if that’s all you have on hand. The important thing is that you have a lid that will provide an airtight seal when you are ready to process and store the finished product.
Add some fresh extra virgin olive oil (organic when possible) and fill until the level reaches an inch above the cloves. Cover the container before giving it a good, vigorous shake for a few seconds before storing it in a cool, dark place for a minimum of 2 weeks. However, many recommend that you try and let the cloves infuse with the oil for about a month before continuing with this remedy. Again, feel free to experiment and see how different levels of potency and infusion time will produce different results.
Processing, Storing and Using the Oil
Once the allotted time has passed, you want to strain the cloves from the oil. You can use any type of fine-mesh strainer, as well as gauze padding or cheesecloth. Try to avoid using paper towels or a coffee filter as the towels can break apart and the filters clog easily. Pour the contents of the jar through the strainer and let the oil drip through into another medicine bottle or mason jar. Keep in mind that you don’t need to strain the cloves before storing the finished product. In fact, many people prefer to keep the cloves in the oil indefinitely as a way to maximize its potency. However, this can cause small particles to accidentally become deposited and lodged between teeth and gums which may cause discomfort later.
In any case, all you need to do now is use the oil as needed. Place a small amount of oil on a cotton ball and apply directly to the affected area. Hold the cotton ball in place for a few seconds so the oil will be absorbed by the tooth or surrounding tissues. Repeat every few hours as a way to manage pain. However, it’s important that you also see a dentist or take antibiotics if you have an infection. Remember that clove oil is not a cure for dental problems, rather it is a natural and temporary source of pain relief, but it is one that should be in every survival medical kit.