Cloves have powerful medicinal properties. They are stimulating and have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties. They are also a natural anesthetic (due to the eugenol oil) which is why they were often used for dental procedures in centuries past and are still used in some cultures to remedy toothache. It is the oil that is derived from the cloves that is so powerful, and this is often used for medicines both topically and internally.
The Miracle of Cloves & Clove Oil. Clove Oil: thought to have multiple uses as an anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, analgesic, & sedative, Clove oil particularly shines as an anesthetic & antimicrobial. It's marketed as “Eugenol” to dentists world wide as a natural pain killer & for toothaches. A toothpaste can be made by combining clove oil & baking soda; when mixed with zinc oxide powder, it makes an excellent temporary cement for lost fillings & loose crowns.
Over-the-counter toothache medicines will help ease the pain from a toothache or broken tooth. Many are available, including those containing eugenol (oil of cloves), such as Red Cross Toothache Medicine, benzocaine, such as Orajel, and those containing both, such as Dents Toothache Drops.
Cloves Kill 91% of Breast Cancer Cells & Slow Growth by 78%: Eugenol, which is the major essential oil in cloves, was found to potently kill over 91% of three kinds of human breast cancer cells in vitro (MCF 10A, MCF7 and MDA-MB-231) which includes aggressive triple-negative breast cancer.
Anti-Cancer Benefits Eugenol has also been fount to be a promising anti-cancer agent in numerous studies, potent against melanoma, skin tumors, osteosarcoma (bone), leukemia, cervical, breast, colon, and gastric cancers. Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22634840 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22126019 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21939359 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20858534 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21044050 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2104405