Clove – Wonderful Nature’s Magic

Clove is a spice and the oil obtained from it is of the best of benefits and no bland oil can easily compete with it. The oil of Clove is warm and calming and healing and because of these properties only, the oil has a world-wide acceptance.

Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred as clove bud. Clove bud has a shaft and a head and hence it has the Latin name clavus meaning nail. Clove was extensively used in the ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations and it spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the seventh and eight centuries.

Clove oil uses date back to ancient China and India. Chinese used clove for treatment of hernia, diarrhea and bronchitis. Traditionally clove was used for intestinal parasites, skin infections, digestive upsets and toothaches.

The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its properties, namely –

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Stimulating

The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.

Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. The health benefits of clove oil include the following -

The most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. Gargles with diluted clove oil help in easing the throat. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps in removing bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities. Traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has cavity daily before sleeping.

The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including, mouth wash and tooth pastes. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide and prepare a white filling material as a temporary alternative to root canal. Take care, clove oil is very strong and can cause burns to your mouth.

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  1. Clove Oil by buzzle.com
  2. Cloves by Miracle
  3. Clove Oil by Livestrong

Clove – Wonder Herb

On this planet, there are various herbs present and quite surprisingly enough…among them the natural herb and spice called clove, stands out amongst the others because of its distinct properties…

Cloves are the pink flowering bud of a form evergreen tree (Eugenia aromatica), which are dried until brown and used for medicinal and spicing purposes. Indigenous to the Moluccas spice islands of Indonesia, cloves also grow naturally in India, the West Indies, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Madagascar. With their sultry-sweet aromatic flavor and powerful essential oil compounds, cloves have been used for hundreds of years as a nutritional spice for food and a remedy for a variety of health concerns.

For over 2,000 years, both Indian and Chinese traditional medicine made extensive use of clove flowers and clove oil. Arabic traders brought the buds to Europe in 4th century A.D., and in the seventh and eighth century A.D. Europe, cloves became very popular as a medicinal flower, due to their ability to preserve foods, and mask the smell of poorly-kept foods.

Cloves are high in many minerals, including –

  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Sodium
  • Calcium
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Potassium
  • Vitamins C , K and A

They are also extremely rich in manganese and dietary fiber.4 The main chemical component responsible for cloves powerful analgesic, anaesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects, as well as clove’s distinctive aromatic smell, is a substance called eugenol. This plant phenol is often extracted from clove to be used as a natural local antiseptic and analgesic for dentistry and toothache pain

Clove is a natural antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal agent. It also holds aphrodisiac and circulation-stimulating capacities. The oil of cloves has been used in a variety of health conditions including indigestion, generalized stress, parasitic infestations, cough, toothaches, headache, and blood impurities. In fact, the expert panel German Commission recently approved the use of its essential oil as a topical antiseptic and anaesthetic.

Clove oil stimulates the circulatory system, clearing the mind and reducing mental exhaustion and fatigue. It has also been used to aid insomnia, memory loss, anxiety and depression.
Clove oil clears the respiratory passages, acting as an expectorant for treating many upper-respiratory conditions including colds, eye styes, bronchitis, sinus conditions, cough and asthma.

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  1. Clove Oil Benefits by Organic Facts
  2. Clove Essential Oil by livestrong.com
  3. Clove by Cathy Wong