Clove- Spice and Healing Medicine

by Jerem on June 5, 2013

Herbal RemediesCloves have been well known for a very long time. Records have been found dating clear back to 1721 BC in Syria showing the use of cloves both for food and medicine. Around 200 BC, during the Han Dystasty in ancient China, the emperor required his guards and anyone who wanted to talk to him to chew cloves in their mouth. This was not only to protect the emperor from offensive breath but also from disease. Cloves act as a powerful antiseptic that kills germs.

Cloves are the small red-brown flower bud of the tropical clove evergreen tree. The buds are manually picked by hand and dried until the color turns brown. The buds have a very hard skin but what inside is an oily compound which is very nutritional and even used as a treatment for many illnesses and disease.

The word Clove comes from the original Latin word “ Clavus” which means nail because, frankly, the spice resembles a small nail. The word made it into English from an Old French word clou. The name Clove is also related to the verb Cleave which means to slice, cut or slash.

The Clove tree originated in the north Molucca Islands in Indonesia. During the first Spice Trade era, most of the cloves were obtained from Malaysia and Sumatra. By the fourth century these spices were in great demand. During the 17th century Dutch traders introduced the cultivation of this herb to several other islands in the Moluccass all the way to the islands of Bacan and West part of Halmahera. Only after the 18th Century by the end of the Dutch Monopoly were Clove trees imported to other countries.

Clove trees thrive in very warm and moist climates. Today the largest producer of cloves is Zanzibar, an island near the east coast of Africa.

Cloves have been used for thousands of years to make food taste and smell good. This is one of the best spices used to flavor many foods, particularly for meats and bakery products. In most part of Europe and United States this spice is a special flavoring in holiday food preparation such as mincemeat during Christmas season.

Cloves are far more useful than just seasoning foods. Cloves are a powerful stimulant often used to quicken the bowels and excretory organs. Cloves are used to disinfect the human kidneys, liver and bronchial mucous membrane. They are even used as a skin cleanser.

Cloves are also great for stomach pains. By mixing clove oil in food many people have found relief from stomach pains. The clove oil helps the stomach digest the food . It is also an expectorant that helps make it easier to cough out phlegm, which is a useful treatment with respiratory problems like bronchitis and tuberculosis.

Mix clove oil with salt and apply to the forehead for a great headache remedy. This gives a cooling effect that helps relieve the pain. Applying clove oil to a clean dry cotton cloth and applying to the skin makes a fantastic skin care remedy. This removes skin wrinkles and makes skin look younger. Clove and clove oil helps boost the immune system purifies blood and increases protection from deceases. For centuries, Clove is know n for dental care, for its aroma in removing bad breath and removing cavities. In India clove is a very common remedy for cavities. Apply clove oil to a cotton ball or cloth and put it on the affected tooth overnight. Do this for a few days until the cavity is healed.

For sore throats dilute the oil with water and gargle it for quick relief. Singers and public speakers often carry a few cloves in their jacket and munch them before they go on stage. Clove helps them clear the mucus in their so they can speak or sing smoothly and beautifully.

Cloves truly are an amazing spice. Go ahead and search the net for additional benefits from cloves and clove oil, you will be amazed.

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