Cloves are small, but at the same time extremely aromatic and with an explosive taste. We can say that they are also extremely valuable from a culinary, medicinal point of view and as nutritional value.
Cloves, or Eugenia caryophyllus are the buds of the clove tree that are formed from its flowers. The buds are picked by hand immediately after flowering, they are separated from the tops and dried, after which they acquire brownish color.
Cloves are native to the Molucce Islands, which were once also known as the Spice Islands of Indonesia. They are known and used in Asian cuisine and medicine, for more than 2000 years. During the 4th century, Arab merchants brought cloves to Europe for the first time. For a very long time, they were grown in Indonesia, but today, the leader in the production of cloves on a global scale is Zanzibar, located in East Africa. Besides these regions, cloves are also cultivated in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Madagascar, India and Brazil.
Top 13 amazing healing powers of CLOVES!
1. Dental care: the essential oil extracted from cloves, eugenol is used in dentistry as a local anesthetic and antiseptic, because it reduces toothache by fighting dental infections. You can relieve your toothache by dabbing with the help of a stick wrapped in cotton wool, tooth or inflamed gum.
2. Regulates insulin levels: it has been discovered that the essential oil Eugenol helps prevent diabetes in adults by stabilizing blood sugar levels.
3. Aujta digestive system: Clove oil is used for heating and for the stimulating effects it has on the smooth mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract, attenuating the symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence and stomach pain.
4. Kills intestinal worms: In Chinese medicine but also in Western phytotherapy, cloves are used for their natural anti-parasitic effects, improving the secrecy of hydrochloric acid, and the peristaltic movements that lead to the elimination of intestinal worms.
5. Eliminates the feeling of nausea : cloves and clove oil when taken together can provide an important help in nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
6. Relieves upper respiratory tract infections: Ayurvedic advice urges us to drink a mixture of warm water that contains 10 drops of clove oil, and a teaspoon of honey, which acts as an expectorant, helping to eliminate mucus, in the treatment of cough, colds, sinusitis, sinusitis, flu or asthma. Cloves are natural analgesics and their anti-bacterial effect helps us get rid of neck pain!
7. Cloves have an aphrodisiac effect: since distant times, cloves have been considered to have aphrodisiac properties, being used in treating impotence, in preoc ejaculation or in treating vaginal problems in women.
8. Cloves are rich in Manganese: Manganese is an important mineral for the body, it hurts because it activates several enzymes, especially angina, which help in the formation of urea. Manganese helps to form peptides that are responsible for the hydrolysis of proteins in the intestines. This mineral has a particularly important role in lipid metabolism (helps eliminate fat) and in balancing the nervous system (reduces irritability).
9. Eliminate stress: aromatic clove tea mixed with mint, basil, cardamom and sweetened with honey, helps to calm emotions, reduce stress and muscle cramps. The aroma of clove oil eliminates the feeling of exhaustion and fatigue, being a real help in aromatherapeutics.
10. Treat superficial wounds and bruises: the application of a poultice with clove oil mixed with a little olive oil, can help speed up the healing process in case of concussions, insect stings or minor wounds.
11. Cure acne and warts: due to the strong anti-microbial properties of clove oil, it can be successfully used to treat skin problems such as acne or warts.
12. Refreshes the breath: in the Ayurvedic texts are specified the properties that cloves have in treating halitosis or bad breath; thus, after meals, we can chew a few cloves, replacing the chewing gum with a natural and healthy product!
Precautions: clove oil is not administered to children, as it can often cause severe adeverse reactions, such as convulsions, liver damage or dehydration.
Repeated application of clove oil on the gums or in the mouth, can sometimes cause damage to them, the skin or mucous membranes.
It can cause coagulation disorders due to a chemical contained in clove oil, eugenol, which apparently slows blood clotting.