The Health Benefits of Cloves

Native to Indonesia and grown in countries such as India, Vietnam, the Philippines, East and West Indies, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Madagascar, cloves are a very popular spice throughout all the regions of the world. Cloves come from the flower buds of myrtle bloom.  The woody and knobby stems that you use for cooking in baked ham are the flower buds that are dried.  They have been in use since the ancient times and, at one time, was considered to be more valuable than gold. Often used in many recipes in Indian cooking, this pungent smelling spice has found its way in many spice dishes. Not only should you use cloves to make a delicious spicy curry for its taste, you should include it because of its many health benefits.



 

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Cloves are a natural pain reliever because of its main ingredient eugenol which is a powerful anti-inflammatory property. People who suffer from

 

Headaches

Migraines

Earaches

Menstrual Cramps

Arthritic Pain

Sprains

Joint and Muscle Pain

 

Cloves are very popular in natural dentistry.  You can find many products such as toothpaste and mouthwash that contain this spice.  The painkilling eugenol is a very effective painkiller. If you have a toothache, put a clove near the aching tooth and the pain will decrease.  If your toothache is from an infection, cloves contain antiseptic properties which will help fight that infection.  Since the main ingredient in these over-the-counter products is clove oil, you can easily make your own toothache pain-relief preparations and antiseptic mouthwashes.

For toothache pain add a drop of clove oil with three drops each of chamomile and lemon essential oil.  Take a washcloth and dampen it with hot water.  Add the oil to the cloth.  Place the cloth on the side of the face where the toothache is and use it as a compress.

Clove oil is an active ingredient in several mouthwash products and a number of over-the-counter toothache pain-relief preparations.  For an effective germ fighting mouthwash, fill a cup with 3 ounces of water and a half of an ounce of vodka.  Add one drop of clove oil, and two drops each of thyme and tea tree essential oils.  Use this rinse up to twice a day.  Be very careful not to swallow the mouthwash.

Cloves can be used to help individuals with relief from problems with their stomachs because they contain anti-viral properties. It is an excellent remedy to relieve stomach ailments such as:

 

Gas

Diarrhea

Constipation

Nausea

Vomiting

Motion and Morning Sickness

Stomach cramps due to Menstruation

 

Cloves contain astringent, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. A paste containing ground cloves and water can be applied to the skin to treat conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Because it has antibacterial properties, cloves can be used to treat cold sores, bee stings, mosquito bites, cuts and scrapes. Because of its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, cloves prevent cuts, burns and bruises from getting infected. It can even be taken internally to be used to treat ulcers and gum infections

Cloves contain expectorant properties. This spice helps with respiratory problems such as:

 

Bronchitis

Sore Throat

Asthma

Tonsillitis

Coughs

Fevers

 

For an excellent tea, add 2-3 cloves to a tea ball.  Allow it to sit in a cup of hot water or your favorite tea.  Allow it to brew for ten to fifteen minutes before drinking.

Cloves contain anti-fungal properties.  If you suffer from athlete’s foot  fill a footbath with water and add 15 drops of clove oil, 6 drops of lavender oil and 2-4 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Not only will this fight the infection, this treatment also fights foot odor.

 

Cloves contain no sugar. If you are diabetic, you can use cloves for a natural sweet flavoring to teas and deserts.  This spice will help you keep your blood sugar at a safe level.

 

Where to Purchase Clove Products

 

While you can find ground and whole cloves at your local grocery store, you can find more products that contain cloves at your local health food store. These products include:

 

Toothpaste

Mouthwash

Extracts

Tinctures

Capsules

Ear Oil

Essential Oils

 

Cautions

 

Never consume essential oils before seeking the advice of a qualified aroma therapist since some essential oils are dangerous to consume.

If using clove oil to treat skin conditions, make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil such as almond oil.



Always talk to your doctor before you start any herbal remedy regimen since some herbs may interact with medicines and supplements you may already be taking.






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