Clove oil is one of the most effective cure for dental issues, including tooth aches and canker sores. They had been once the natural anesthetic used by dentists. Loaded with various powerful minerals and vitamins, it is a powerful and effective home remedy for a multitude of health conditions including bad breath, sore throat, ear aches, indigestion, and bruises. While clove oil is available at departmental stores or medical stores, you can prepare some at home, if you have a batch of cloves with you.
There are different ways of making oil out of cloves and this article gives you two simple ways. Read on for more.
Method 1: Homemade Clove Oil
- Add 1 tbsp whole cloves to a blender or spice grinder and grind it. Use freshest ones available and choose the whole ones over the ground variants as the latter tend to get deteriorated quicker.
- Take a coffee filter and cut a circle in its center with about 3 inch in diameter. Keep aside the smaller piece of the filter for holding the crushed cloves.
- Cut a cotton string about 5 to 6 inches long. You need to tie the filter an put a knot.
- Transfer the ground cloves into the cut piece of coffee filter and shape the filter into a small satchel.
- Using the cotton string, tie the satchel so that it looks like a poultice.
- Take a small, clean bottle jar with a medium sized mouth and add about ½ a cup of olive oil to it. You can use any oil of your choice; just ensure that it does not possess a strong aroma.
- Place your cloves poultice slowly into the jar filled with oil. Give the jar a gentle shake to allow the poultice to get submerged completely in the oil.
- Using a clean aluminum wrap, cover the jar’s top portion. Push the aluminum foil below its rim so that the lid is a convex one. This is to ensure that the steam as well as oil remains in the jar itself as you heat the oil.
- Add water to your double boiler and heat it on a stove. Once the water gets heated up, place the oil filled jar on its top portion.
- Allow the jar to sit in the boiler for about 45 minutes and the oil gets thoroughly heated. This is essential for the analgesic properties of cloves to be absorbed by the oil.
- Switch off the heat and remove the jar from the boiler. Keep aside, away from the heat, in the room temperature.
- Let the cloves poultice remain the oil for at least one week. The longer the cloves are in the oil, the more powerful the oil will be.
- Discard the satchel and close the jar with its lid.
Method II: How to make clove oil at home
- Place a medium sized sautéing pan on medium heat.
- Add 2 tbsp whole fresh cloves to the pan after its heats up and toast for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the volatile oils are mobilized. This will ensure that the extraction is done is a more easier and effective way.
- Clean a bottle with a lid and fill it with water.
- Place a funnel, mortar, and pestle in the bottle and place the bottle in a pot filled one third with water.
- Place the pot on high heat and let the water boil for 15 minutes. Remove the bottle and other things from water and place them on a kitchen towel. Using a paper towel, dry the mortar and pestle.
- Place the toasted cloves in a colander and rinse with cool water.
- Transfer to a paper towel and allow them to dry.
- Add the cloves to the warm mortar and using the pestle, gently tap and crack the cloves.
- Transfer the cloves to the warm jar and add 4 cups of extra virgin olive oil to it using a funnel.
- Close the jar with the lid and place it away from the sunlight in a dry, cool place at room temperature for about 2 to 3 weeks or until it gets the flavor you desire. Keep shaking every now and then.
- Strain the oil into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Discard the cloves.
Every ½ tbsp of cloves can be used for preparing one cup of clove oil. This particular recipe yields 4 cups of clove essential oil.
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