Is It Safe To Use Clove Oil When You Are Pregnant?

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Clove oil is made of cloves and has many medicinal uses. It is used as a home remedy to treat many ailments such as toothache, diarrhea, halitosis, nausea, vomiting, gas, indigestion, and hernia. Still, is it advisable to use clove oil when pregnant? Scroll through our post to know about the types, safety, and side effects of using clove oil in pregnancy.

What Is Clove Oil?

Clove is a herb and its oil, clove oil, is used as a medicine for various home remedies. Clove oil is mainly used to treat conditions like diarrhea, bad breath, and hernia. In some cases, it is also used as a safe alternative to treat conditions like nausea, vomiting, indigestion as well as intestinal gas.

Quick fact
Eugenol is the major constituent of clove oil and is responsible for its effects (1).

Is It Safe To Use Clove Oil During Pregnancy?

It is mostly considered safe to use clove oil while pregnant, provided you use small amounts. It is important, however, to speak to your doctor and take a confirmation before you use clove oil. Not enough information is available to assess the safety of using clove oil while you are pregnant. So, beware of clove oil until your doctor says otherwise.

Using Clove Oil To Treat Tooth Pain While You Are Pregnant

Clove oil may be used to manage toothache during pregnancy

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Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can use clove oil to treat tooth pain at home.

Take a whole clove and chew on the same slowly. The oils that the clove releases will seep into your sore tooth and gums, and help treat your toothache in a safe and natural way. Even though clove oil is available in the market, it is better to use a clove.

Large quantities of clove oil can cause significant damage to the nerve, and trigger many changes in the baby’s physiology. Make sure you do not chew more than one or two cloves a day. Once the clove oil starts to flow, you will notice a considerable amount of relief from pain as early as within half an hour.

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Alternatively, you may grind four to five cloves with a teaspoon of edible oil (olive oil or coconut oil). Apply the extract on the affected tooth with a cotton ball.

What Are The Types Of Clove Oil?

Types of clove oil include bud oil, leaf oil, and stem oil.

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Clove oil occurs in three variants when you purchase it from the market. Here are the three types:

  • Bud Oil: It is the oil that is derived from the flower buds of the clove plant.
  • Leaf Oil: It is the oil that is derived from the leaves of the clove plant.
  • Stem Oil: It is the oil that is derived from the twigs of the clove plant.

Does Using Clove Oil During Pregnancy Have Any Side Effects?

Taking clove oil in large quantities can cause significant side effects and damage your health. It can be harmful when you are pregnant, as it can not only affect you but can also cause health complications in your unborn baby. Here are some of the side effects of using too much clove oil:

  • It can cause significant difficulty in breathing.

    Clove oil may lead to breathing difficulties during pregnancy

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  • Your heartbeat can increase
  • You may experience sudden sleepiness or dizziness.
  • A sudden episode of diarrhea
  • A sore throat
  • Burns in the mouth or throat
  • In severe cases, it can also lead to bleeding in your intestine as well as kidney or liver failure.

You may use smaller quantities of clove oil when you are pregnant if your healthcare provider permits. Detailed safety information on clove oil is currently not available, and overconsumption may negatively affect pregnant women. This may cause increased heartbeat, breathing difficulties, throat pain, dizziness, sleepiness, and diarrhea. You may chew a clove or use prescription pain reliefs instead of clove oil for tooth pain in pregnancy. Excess amounts can also burn the mouth or throat and cause intestinal irritation and bleeding. Seek immediate medical care for side effects.


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