By Mark Piatt
Updated on November 1, 2023
In magickal traditions, cloves have many uses. The main magical and spiritual benefits of cloves include protection, cleansing, spiritual healing, spell enhancement, and manifestation.
Using cloves in magic rituals works on an emotional, physical, and spiritual level to affect change to occur per your will.
Take these suggestions we give you as a base, and make them your own. Magic comes from your head and your heart, not from artificial props.
As a general rule, cloves have magical and spiritual benefits that include 5 main properties (although there are many more):
- Spell Enhancement
If you are interested in learning more about how you can use herbs in your magickal rituals, check out the following book by Ally Sands “Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect and Manifest“.
The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only. For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional. Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.
What Are Cloves?
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are a spice made from the flower buds of a tropical evergreen tree. Clove is related to the eucalyptus tree.
Cloves are immature flower buds and are shaped like a small, reddish-brown spike about 1 centimeter in length. These buds are picked by hand before they open up.
Today, cloves are used throughout the world in the kitchen, in the medical field, and of course in magic. The magical uses of cloves are what this article will be focused on.
- Cloves are considered Masculine.
- The vibration of cloves is considered part of the air and fire elements.
- Cloves are associated with Jupiter and the Sun.
- Astrological signs of cloves: Aries
- Cloves are associated with the deities Osiris and Oya
- Chakras that work with cloves: Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar plexus chakra.
- Thursdays are the best day for using cloves in magical spells. The best time to create spells whose main ingredients include cloves would be around times and dates associated with Jupiter.
Can cloves be used for protection?
Since cloves are shaped like a nail, they are often seen as protective. Cloves are full of powerful, fiery energy that help to remove negativity and ward off evil presences from our surroundings.
There are 3 main steps you should do when using cloves in a protection ritual.
- Cleanse yourself of negative energy in a bath either using just water or enhanced with salts and herbs.
- Create a protective shield.
- Perform your magic ritual or spell of protection.
Usually, when used for protection, you will not just use cloves by themselves and call it a day.
Read our following article “16 Essential Oils For Protection” to learn about essential oils that can help you protect yourself against magical attacks and negative energy.
Take A Cleansing Bath
For some cultures, cloves are associated with purification and protection. People may use cloves in cleansing baths as part of spiritual or ritual practices to cleanse negative energy and promote positivity.
A good cleansing bath would include salt, ammonia, and vinegar. Use a half cup of salt, a half cup of vinegar, and a teaspoon of ammonia.
Add whole cloves, clove essential oil, or a sachet containing cloves to the bathwater. The quantity can vary, but a few tablespoons of whole cloves or several drops of essential oil should be sufficient.
You can also add essential oils or herbs to help you relax, such as lavender.
You could help set the mood by lighting candles.
Soak in your spiritually cleansing bath for at least 20 minutes while concentrating on your intention, such as removing negative energy or creating a shield of magical protection.
Create A Protective Shield
Next, you want to create a protective shield. You can either do this while taking your cleaning bath or after you have bathed.
Creating a protective shield involves visualizing your shield.
There are different types of shields but I find visualizing a protective bubble around my body is what works best for me.
I imagine this shield hovering about 5 inches around my body and emitting a brilliant white light that does not allow negative energy in.
I like using clove essential oil in my diffuser while creating my protective shield.
The aroma of the cloves smells so pure. I imagine the aroma forcing out dark energies and preventing them from entering my space or attaching themselves to me.
Perform Your Magic, Ritual, Or Spell Of Protection
There are many ways to do this. The process we describe is just one possible way.
Some people will use a mix of water and crushed cloves to draw protection sigils on their home or use essential oil to draw protection sigils.
You could also create a protection charm using chaos magic in which you use a small wooden disc and burn in the sigil you have created.
You can then either attach a clove, or a small bag containing clove powder or cloves to the wooden disc.
If you are interested in learning about creating sigils, check out this book “Sigil Magic: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Magic Sigils, Wiccan Symbols, Talismans, and Amulets for Magical Protection, Witchcraft Purposes and Good Fortune (Spiritual Witchcraft)“.
Can cloves be used for cleansing?
Cloves can help cleanse an area of negative energy. Keep cloves in a charm bag, or hang a pouch of cloves over your entrance to help cleanse anyone walking past the threshold.
Cloves can also be used to remove negative energy. To help remove negative energy from your space, burn cloves in a ceramic bowl with soil, sand, or salt is one method.
Here is a nice selection of ceramic incense burners from Amazon.
you can also burn cloves incense sticks or cones to help cleanse your space.
The incense will burn away the negative energy and raise the positive energy of your space.
Once the cloves are smoking nicely, use a fan or your hand to direct the smoke around the space, person, or object you wish to cleanse.
Just keep in mind, that these rituals will not work just on their own. They require intent on your part.
Can cloves be used for spiritual healing?
Cloves can be used in a variety of spiritual healing scenarios. For example, if you have become the target of unwanted gossip, cloves can be used to stop the gossip in its tracks.
Use Cloves To Stop Gossip And Rumors About You
Traditionally, to stop gossip about you, take a handful of cloves and grind them down to a powder. Take this powder and sprinkle it on yourself as you focus on stopping these rumors. Once the rumors have stopped, you can now begin your spiritual healing.
Use Cloves Essential Oil To Create An Uplifting Atmosphere
Try diffusing a mix of clove essential oil and orange essential oil.
The uplifting scent of orange and clove will help promote positive vibrations and melt your worries away which will aid in your spiritual healing.
Burn Cloves To Repair Relationships And Remove Negative Energy Between You
After an argument with a loved one, burn cloves in your home to free your space of negative energy which will aid you in your spiritual healing.
For a look at 21 herbs that can be used in love rituals, check out my article “Top 21 Herbs Used For Love Magic and Rituals“.
Wear An Amulet Made From Cloves
Wear a clove as an amulet to calm your emotions after something traumatic has occurred in your life.
Create A Cloves Pomander To Attract Positive Energy Into Your Life
You can also use a perfume ball known as a pomander. People will use these to protect themselves from illness and to help in healing.
A pomander can either be worn or carried in a vase. A pomander can also be a bag filled with fragrant herbs such as cloves.
You can create a bag filled with fragrant herbs that are specific to spiritual healing. Herbs to include in your bag include rosemary, cloves, chamomile, lemon, rose, sage, and lavender, to name a few.
Can cloves be used to enhance spells?
Cloves are often added to other ingredients when creating spells because of their ability to enhance the magical effects of the other herbs.
As a result of cloves enhancing abilities, you will find it in many spells such as:
- Protection spells
- Banishing magic
- Money spells
- Prosperity spells
- Luck spells
- Healing rituals
- Attraction spells
- Love spells
- Stress relief rituals
- Gain truth
- Increase courage
- Boost confidence
- Spells to bring a sense of kinship
- Spells to prevent rumors about you
- Divination spells
- Astral projection spells
These are the more popular magical uses of cloves, but they are not the only ones.
There are many magical properties that essential oils (including cloves essential oil) have. If you are interested in learning about some of these magical properties, check out our article
Can cloves be used in manifestation rituals?
Cloves are considered a powerful tool for manifestation due to their symbolic and energetic properties. Their unique fragrance is believed to stimulate the senses and elevate one’s spiritual awareness, making them ideal for rituals and ceremonies.
Create A Cloves Manifestation Jar
One common method of using cloves in manifestation is to create a manifestation jar or sachet.
People place dried cloves, along with other symbolic items like herbs, crystals, or written intentions, inside a container.
This container is then sealed and placed in a sacred space, serving as a focal point for manifesting desires and attracting positive energy.
Use Cloves In Candle Magic To Manifest Your Wishes
Cloves are also used in candle magic, where individuals inscribe their wishes or goals onto a candle and then sprinkle ground cloves on top before lighting them.
As the candle burns, it is said to release the energy of the cloves into the universe, amplifying the manifestation process.
Use Cloves In Meditation And Visual Rituals To Manifest Your Desires
Cloves can be used in meditation and visualization exercises.
Holding a clove or inhaling its scent during these practices is thought to help individuals focus their intentions and strengthen their connection to the desired outcomes.
What Do Cloves Smell Like?
Cloves have a spicy/sweet aroma because of the presence of eugenol. Cloves also have a warm and woodsy foundation.
Cloves are considered one of the “big four” spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper.
The aroma of cloves goes hand in hand with the holidays.
Cloves are used extensively throughout the perfumery industry.
Because of its analgesic and antiseptic qualities, clove is also often used in the dental industry.
Since cloves have so many uses in magic, the way you use cloves in your magical and spiritual practices is only limited by your imagination.
If you know of other magical properties of cloves or different ways in which you use cloves on your spiritual journey, we would love to hear from you so we may incorporate what you share in this article.