In this article, you will find some some beneficial properties and incredible health benefits of cloves.
Don’t be fooled by the name: the cloves are very different from the carnation we cultivated in the garden. We are talking about the still-closed dried buds of Eugenia Caryophyllata, a tree native to Indonesia and now cultivated throughout the tropical belt. They are so called because of their shape (which resembles that of a nail), and because the apical part vaguely resembles the flower of the carnation plant.
Cloves contain flavonoids, tannins, triterpenes and volatile compounds including eugenol, a component responsible for the analgesic power of this spice. In the Middle Ages, in fact, they were one of the most sought after commodities as a remedy for almost all illnesses.
Despite less miraculous enthusiasm, some amazing health benefits of cloves have been largely confirmed by modern science. What, then, are the real benefits of using cloves? Let’s see them together:
Some important magical health benefits of cloves:
INFLAMMATORY. Cloves can be used to soothe any inflammation that affects the mouth, such as gingivitis, canker sores, herpes simplex, stomatitis, and sore throat. In all these cases they are effective both if kept in the mouth and sucked like a candy, or by using the infusion, or a few drops of essential oil such as mouthwash.
DIGESTIVE. Taken as an infusion, they are considered an excellent digestive. They help the stomach work and are indicated to expel excess intestinal gas.
HALITOSIS. If you have a date, try chewing on a clove. It is very effective even when we have eaten garlic.
Antioxidant. Another benefit is that they are 80 times more antioxidants than an apple. Therefore the consumption of these buds contributes to the contrast of cellular aging.
TOOTHACHE. The essential oil of cloves is a famous natural remedy used as an effective treatment for toothache. Alternatively, just apply a single clove next to the aching tooth and wait a few minutes.
HEADACHE. Chewing cloves, or drinking the infusion, is a great way to relieve headaches, to prevent and combat memory lapses and to overcome mental fatigue.
APHRODISIAC. Their aphrodisiac power is also confirmed. They are also able to make any dish aphrodisiac that they season.
ANTIMICROBIAL. The infusions of this spice are used to fight fungal infections of the skin, often combined with thyme and coriander.
TO STORE THE FOOD. Cloves counteract the lipid oxidation process, making sure that the food can preserve its freshness for longer.
NAUSEA. The clove infusion is used to reduce nausea, indigestion and intestinal disorders.