Clove is a tinny wooden spice that looks like nail that is around 1,5 cm long. It is a flower bud of syzigyum aromaticum tree. They have warm, pungent and aromatic smell, with sweet and very strong taste. The spice has a variety of uses because of it beneficial properties.
It is used as spice to add aroma and taste to various dishes and beverages but it also has a wide range of use in the natural medicine because it has very powerful anti inflammatory, pain relief anti oxidant and anti cancer properties.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CLOVES
Clove is a small but very powerful spice. It main component is eugenol that is main fighter against inflammations. It also contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. Clove is rich in vitamins C, B6, E, and K, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Regular use of cloves can help with a variety of diseases. To get the best of this spice you can use the clove itself or in a form of concentrated oil. You can also test the quality of the cloves by putting them in a glass of water. If they float vertically they are good because what keeps them that way in the water is the essentials oils they are famous for. If they float horizontally or falls down it is a sign that they are of no use. Adding cloves to your regular balanced diet can help you with insomnia. Clove can also regulate the blood sugar levels, it can soothe inflammations and pain especially in the area of oral cavity. Clove is also a powerful against certain bacteria and it can relieve the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Clove also has positive effect on the liver function.
CLOVE AS NATURAL FIRST AID
Toothache and bad breath
Clove has analgesic properties and it is often used as a first aid for toothaches in the folk medicine. Clove oil is also used for disinfection of the gums because of it anti bacterial properties. When you have toothache, put a clove as close as possible to the painful area, and hold it there. The skin membrane will absorb the oil and provide an instant relief.
Parasites and bacteria
Clove acts as an antimicrobial agent, killing parasites and bacteria in the digestive tract. In appropriate doses it will also help with bloating and cramps. Clove oil is proven to kill all kinds of microscopic protozoa and parasite eggs that are almost impossible to remove from the body.
It is also effective against many species of fungi including Candida and bacteria. If you use it daily in small doses as a tea, it can regulate the digestion and boost immunity.
Clove is a known natural aphrodisiac. If you drink two cups of tea a day and use clove powder capsules along, you will feel significant improvement in the sexual powers. To prepare the tea add 2-3 cloves in 250 ml of boiling water, cook a while and remove. Cover the pot and let it rest 15 minutes. Then strain and drink.
clove has strong antioxidant properties it also contains compounds with antihistamine powers. It is most powerful natural remedy that can dissolve blood clots with effect as aspirin. Therefore it can be used in therapy against high blood pressure and cholesterol level
Eugenol, the main essential oil in cloves, kills over 91% of breast cancer cells. It can also slow grow of cancer cells by 78% in just 4 weeks. The researchers also found that clove has effects on other forms of cancer like prostate, lung, throat and skin. Countries that are main users of clove have over 70% lower cancer rate than others that don’t use the spice regularly.
DON’T USE CLOVE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, BREASTFEEDING, AND IF YOU NEED TO GO TO SURGERY.