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Natural wonder: Clove

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Clove is indeed a wonder spice of Asian origin. It’s so extensively used in culinary flavouring that most people know only little about clove’s healing properties. Cloves are essentially rich in antioxidants like eugenol, tannins, terpenoids and flavonoids, which have promising benefits in many spheres. Be it clove oil or the whole spice, you can consider consuming cloves to experience the following natural wonders.

 

Clove and oral care

Toothache: Clove is a natural anaesthesia which is why it is primarily used to reduce toothache. Eugenol oil is the key compound present in cloves which produces the effect. Always store some clove oil in your house and dab it over your tooth and gum with a cotton ball to get instant relief

Mouth fresher: Clove has a strong aroma which is indeed very refreshing. If you have been suffering from bad breath lately, then chew 2-3 cloves throughout the day. The antioxidants would purify your breath.

Protect from gum diseases: Cloves are loaded with flavonoids, terpenoids and essential oils which have anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. This is the reason why you should use clove based herbal toothpaste; you are less likely to have gum disease and infections.

 

Clove resolves digestion problems

Adding the nutrient dense spice to your food or sipping the clove tea, or clove oil helps to solve digestion problems. It improves the function of GI tract, heals stomach infections and helps you to overcome gas, nausea and vomiting. Herbal therapists use clove oil to treat diarrhoea as well.

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Clove is an antidote for infections

Another promising benefit of clove is- curing a wide range of infections. Clove is an excellent remedy for sore throat and flu. If you are having pain in throat accompanied by itchiness and coughing then you should chew a few cloves until it heals.

 

The concoction prepared from boiling cloves, ginger, cinnamon and pepper in butter or ghee when sipped warm helps to get rid of chest congestion and cold. It is for this reason that doctors recommend increased intake of cloves in winters.

Cloves due to their high antioxidant and vitamin C load protect you from lung cancer and respiratory infections.

 

Clove- Friend for your heart

Apart from the antioxidants that play a major role in protecting your heart against infections, minerals like magnesium, potassium and selenium maintain optimal blood pressure and heart rate. You can gain this advantage simply by adding 1-2 cloves while cooking or steep it in warm water for the purpose of drinking.

 

Clove oil is a remedy for pain

As said before, cloves are reservoirs of naturally occurring anti-pain and anaesthetic compounds. Therefore, you can use the oil for massage in order to get over muscle pain, tiredness and body aches. Clove oil finds immense application in spas and massage parlours also because of its aromatic properties. 

 

Cloves are natural aphrodisiac

Herbal specialists recommend massage with clove oil to improve penile blood circulation. This is useful for men having erection problems. Apart from that, the aroma of cloves acts as a stimulant for sexual desire.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: July 21, 2014