Latin name: Syzygium aromaticum
Health Benefits of Cloves
Although cloves are best known for their flavoring in the kitchen, they also make a great breath freshener and help fight colds and even parasites. Health benefits include:
- Due to the ingredient euganol, cloves are excellent as an antifungal. It is great in treating things like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
- Has been used in dentistry because it is an anesthetic. They are often used to treat a toothache.
- They are a strong antibacterial. For this reason they are good for getting rid of bad breath, and also treating other bacterial problems like sores and styes.
- Fights internal parasites.
- They treat many other ailments such as earaches, colds, flu, backaches, bronchitis, dysentery, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting.
- Great when used as a moth repellant or an air freshener.
- Has been said to increase libido in males.
Nutritional Benefits of Cloves
- Cloves contain very high levels of manganese. They are also a good source of dietary fiber.
- Good source of Vitamins K and C.
How to Use Cloves
- Clove is delicious in tea and tincture combinations. It can also be ground and encapsulated, or ground and used in baking or teas.
- Cloves are a food and spice, so they can be used in dishes to enhance flavor and nutrients.
- Apply cloves directly to a toothache or cold sore for pain.
Cautions and Side Effects of Cloves
- Not commonly known as an allergen, and no known drug interactions.
Fun Facts About Cloves
- The Chinese used cloves in ancient times to prepare people for a visit with the Emperor. They were given cloves to chew on so their breath would be extra fresh.