Cloves”The wonder spice” scientific name is Syzygium aromaticum, are the aromatic flower buds of a tree belongs to Myrtaceae family. These are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and are primarily harvested in India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The clove tree is an evergreen growing upto 8-12 m tall, having large leaves and sanguine flowers grouped in terminal clusters.
At begining the flower buds are pale hue color but gradually becomes green, then transitions to a bright red and are ready for collection. Cloves consists of 1.5-2 cm long calyx, terminating with four unopened petels and forming a small central ball. Since long, cloves are used in Indian ayurvedic medicine. The flavour of the clove is due to the presence of a compound called Eugenol from 70 – 90%. They have a warm, sweet and aromatic taste. Cloves have carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more nutrients.
Nutrients in Cloves per 2.00 tsp
Omega-3 fats 7.5%
Vitamin K 7. 4%
Vitamin C 5.6%
1. Cloves helps to treat toothache temporarily.
2. Cloves are a natural painkiller and also attack germs, so they will help to get rid of sore throat.
3. Cloves helps to relax the digestive tract and aids in good digestion.
4. Cloves and clove oil when taken together can provide relief from Nausea.
5. Cough and bad breath can be cured by consuming cloves.
6. Cloves helps to treat infections as malaria, cholera, tuberculosis as well as scabies.
7. Cloves have been used to treat asthma and as an anesthetic.
8. To treat insomnia, clove oil or clove tea is very effective.
9. Clove acts as a natural anti-parasite, which helps to kill intestinal worms.
10. Clove oil works as a powerful action against gas and bloating.
11. To boost up the immune system, cloves are very beneficial.
High levels of antioxidants
The spice contains high levels of antioxidants which not only help in detoxifying the body and delaying ageing, but also protect internal organs like the liver. Over the due course of time, metabolism increases the free radical production and encourages a high lipid profile in the liver all of which are counteracted by this spice (cloves).
Clove Oil Benefits
The benefits of clove oil is usually attributed to help with antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating components. The oil is used for treating a range of health issues including toothaches, gerd, cough, asthma, headaches, stress and blood harmful particles. The most important use of clove oil is in dental health care.
Cloves have anti-carcinogenic properties, that have been proven to be helpful in controlling lung cancer when it is in the early stages. Some practitioners claim that a mixture of cloves, black walnut hulls, and wormwood can cure cancer. The scientists have found that cloves inhibit abnormal cell growth in lungs of mice. They also found that cloves drove the proliferating cells of abnormal shapes and sizes to commit mass suicide. But the available scientific evidence does not support claims that cloves or clove oil is effective in treating or preventing cancer or any other disease. Still the study on humans is going on.
Cloves, a commonly used spice, could do much more than flavour your food, they could battle out lung cancer, according to a study by a research team from Kolkata’s Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute. A 2006 study also suggested that cloves contain chemicals that might reduce development of lung cancer in mice treated with cancer-causing chemicals. Another laboratory study suggested that compounds taken from cloves show promise as potential anticancer agents. However, study results of clove extracts will not necessarily be the same as studies using the raw plant. And, while laboratory studies may show promise, further studies are needed to find out whether the results apply to humans.
How to eat
1. Mix cloves with basil, mint and cardamom in water to make a flavoured tea. Take this along with honey to provide relief from stress.
2. Common cold can be treated effectively by drinking a lukewarm mixed with ten drops of clove oil and honey, twice or thrice a day.
3. Spice up fruit compote by adding ground cloves.
4. Pierce an onion with whole cloves and add to soups, broths or poaching liquids.
Consumption of dishes prepared with large quantity of clove can cause gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system disorders. Recipes prepared with this spice should be avoided in individuals with stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis conditions. Eating cloves is also avoided during pregnancy.