Clove oil is an essential oil that’s derived from clove trees. The clove tree, known as Syzygium aromaticum, is native to Southeast Asia, although today you may find it growing in other locations, too.
Clove oil has traditionally been used for a variety of purposes, including:
as an antimicrobial, to help kill bacteria
as a pain reliever for conditions such as toothaches and muscle pains
for digestive upset
to relieve respiratory conditions like coughs and asthma
Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. It helps numb and reduce pain to ease a toothache. Eugenol also has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It may reduce swelling and irritation in the affected area. Dry Socket Paste, an over-the-counter treatment dentists recommend for teeth extraction pain, has eugenol.