Cloves: The often forgotten champion spice

Cloves: The often forgotten champion spice

You can use cloves in so many ways.

Include cloves in your food, favorite drink, as a home remedy or home freshener.

Cloves are “The Often Forgotten Champion Spice”.

Cloves are unsurpassed when it comes to antioxidants.

They include two well-researched antioxidants: Anthocyanins and Quercetin.

Antioxidants protect our cells against oxidative stress from free radical damage.

The benefits of antioxidants are a powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cloves are rich in manganese, vitamin K and C and omega-3 fatty acids, and a good source of calcium and magnesium.

They also have a significant amount of protein, iron, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and hydrochloric acid.

They boost memory and blood circulation

They are beneficial for the heart, liver and stomach.

Cloves are an excellent digestive aid

Antiviral and Antibacterial Benefits of Cloves:

They are potent for cold, flu, bronchitis, arthritic pain and athlete’s foot. 

Cloves have 36 different ingredients, the most important being an essential oil called eugenol. Cloves also contain a variety of flavonoids which contribute to clove’s anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

Clove oil when inhaled, can help relieve respiratory conditions like coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. 

Tip: Add 6 drops of cinnamon essential oil in a bowl of freshly boiled water. Add 5 cloves to the water. Inhale steam for 5 minutes with a towel over your head.

Analgesic Benefits of Cloves:

The analgesic property of clove oil can be used for treatment of various dental problems like tooth aches.

Tip: A cotton ball soaked in the clove oil can work wonders on the aching tooth.

Antiseptic Benefits of Cloves:

Clove and clove oil are antiseptic in nature and work as an effective remedy for some common problems such as cuts, fungal infections, burns, wounds, athlete’s foot and bruises.

Tip: Soak a cotton ball with 5 drops of clove essential oil. Rub on affected area 2 to 3 times a day.

The antiseptic properties of clove oil are why it’s a common ingredient in various dental creams, toothpastes, mouth wash, and throat sprays.

As always: Check with your health practitioner before you change your diet and see if this is right for you. This is not meant to replace any treatment or drugs you are taking.   

For a cinnamon and clove steam bath. 

For a clove disinfectant air freshener. 

REFERENCES:

1. “Clove: MedlinePlus Supplements.U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

2. “Cloves Are the Best Natural Antioxidant.” EurekAlert! Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, 16 Mar. 2010. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

3. “Cloves Are the Best Antioxidant, Says New Study.” NaturalNews. NaturalNews, 06 Apr. 2010. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

4. “Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Spices, Cloves, Ground.” Self Nutrition Data. Self Nutrition Data, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

5. “Antifungal Activity of the Clove Essential Oil from Syzygium Aromaticum on Candida, Aspergillus and Dermatophyte Species.” Journal of Medical Microbiology. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 09 July 2009. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

Health Benefits Of Cloves

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Health Benefits Of Cloves


 

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