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.

Now, take a look at our reference links…

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

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