Posted on February 6, 2013
Cloves are a highly prized medicinal spice that has been used for centuries in treating digestive and respiratory ailments. Cloves contain good amounts of vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex as well as minerals such as manganese, iron, selenium, potassium, and magnesium. Cloves also contain powerful antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties making them tremendously useful in helping to heal a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.
Cloves are particularly beneficial for the digestive tract and are great for indigestion, gas, constipation, bloating, nausea, and countering the effects of heavy, rich food.
Cloves are excellent for relieving muscle spasms, headaches, and nerve pain. They are also often used to disinfect gums, teeth, kidneys, liver, skin, and bronchi.
Clove oil contains eugenol which is a powerful anesthetic and natural pain reliever and is commonly used to help relieve toothaches and to numb gums in dentistry.
Clove oil is also beneficial for the circulatory system and is a potent platelet inhibitor, which prevents blood clots.
Clove oil is also excellent for athlete’s foot and for healing cuts, bruises, burns, rashes, and psoriasis.
Essential oil of Clove is an effective decongestant and should be used in a vaporizer, humidifier, or aromatherapy machine to help disinfect the air and to help benefit respiratory conditions such as sinusitis, tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma, colds & coughs.
Cloves are often combined with other herbs to create seasonings such as Curry Powder and Garam Masala in India, Chinese Five Spice in China, and Worcester Sauce in Great Britain.
They are also the ideal addition to deserts, fruit salads, smoothies, and savory dishes alike.
Clove tea is helpful for strengthening the immune system and detoxifying the body.
Steep 2 tsp of whole cloves in two cups of hot water for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with honey if desired.
Cloves can be found whole or powdered in you local supermarket or health food store. Capsules, extract, tincture, tea, and topical oils & creams can all be found online or at your local health food store.