What Are The Magical Properties Of Cloves?

Magical properties of cloves

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In magickal traditions, cloves have many uses.  The main magical properties of cloves are protection, cleansing, spiritual healing, and spell enhancement.  

While learning about magic, you have probably encountered many procedures, practices, instructions, etc.  My best advice to start in magick is to read, read, read.  

There is always more than one way to accomplish your magical goal.  There is no wrong way or right way, although, over time, people have learned processes that work better than others.

All matter contains and retains power.  This is why certain herbs and plants have what we perceive as magical powers.  

The magical approaches we offer are suggestions that have worked for others.  

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 powers that include 4 main properties (although there are many more):

  • Protection
  • Cleansing
  • Healing
  • 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.

Cloves have a very strong, pungent flavor and aroma.

Originally the clove tree only grew on a small chain of islands known as the Molucca Islands in Indonesia.  

Cloves were so sought after, that in Ancient Rome and China, cloves were more valuable than gold.

Since only the wealthy could afford cloves, they quickly became associated with prosperity.

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 Correspondence 

  • 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.

4 Magical Properties Of Cloves

Using plants and herbs is one of the oldest magical tools known.

Magic is a spiritual and natural force that everyone possesses. 

Just like everything else, some people will be better at magic than others.  But we all have the energy within us to manipulate the universe around us.  It just takes intent and practice.

Following are some examples of how you can use cloves in your daily magic rituals.

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.  

Protection magic is an ancient practice that can be found throughout the world in customs, rituals, and superstitions.

As a result, there are countless ways to perform protection rituals.

If you are a practitioner of magic, it is especially important that you learn how to protect yourself since you will be opening up yourself to all sorts of energies – good and bad.

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.

Usually, when used for protection, you will not just use cloves by themselves and call it a day.

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.

 Take A Cleansing Bath 

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. 

You can also add essential oils or herbs to help you relax.  lavender is a good choice.

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.

For a nice demonstration showing how to create your sigil using chaos magic and create your magical charm of protection, check out the following video from Magical Crafting



There are at least 6 methods to create protective sigils.  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 have long been used to remove bad breath.  

For example, according to records dating back to 226 BC, the Chinese chewed cloves before meeting with the emperor or important dignitaries to ensure their breath was pleasant.

Even today, cloves can be found in products to remove smells.

Cloves can also be used to remove negative energy.  To help remove negative energy from your space, burning 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.

If smoke bothers you, you can also use a diffuser to diffuse the magical power of cloves throughout your space

Just keep in mind, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Wear a clove as an amulet to calm your emotions after something traumatic has occurred in 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
  • Exorcisms
  • Attraction spells
  • Love spells
  • Meditation
  • Empathy
  • 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

15 Magical Properties Of Essential Oils“.

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. 

If you are interested in purchasing clove-related products, here are some bulk cloves, clove essential oil, and clove incense


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.

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