Cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) are the unopened, sun-dried flower buds of a dense exotic evergreen tree in the Myrtle family. They have a strong spicy flavor that spices up food and prevents nausea. Cloves may be small, but they are true giants when it comes to nutrition and natural health. Cloves are a spice obtained from flower buds, often used in seasoning dishes, desserts and drinks.
Cloves – health benefits
The flowers are used to soothe sore eyes. Clove essential oil, extracted from the leaves and flower buds, is a powerful antiseptic for toothache and indigestion. Clove oil is also added to cosmetics, perfumes and cigarettes. There are also anesthetics based on clove extract.
Cloves have many beneficial properties on the body:
- provides better digestion,
- have antimicrobial properties,
- fight cancer,
- protects the liver,
- stimulates the immune system,
- control diabetes,
- preserves bone quality,
- combats headaches and toothaches.
The active constituents of clove oil are highly antiseptic.
Clove oil is used in the West primarily to temporarily relieve pain in the mouth. In the East it is also used as a flavoring for sweet and savory foods. Clove improves digestion and controls vomiting and has antiparasitic and antiseptic properties.
* For toothache apply directly to the affected area.
* For vomiting drink 2 drops in a cup of warm water.
* Clove oil in its pure form is very strong and can cause irritation, dilution is recommended.
* Clove oil should be used internally only if recommended by a health care professional.