Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of clove tree. It is native to Indonesia but is also found in many countries across the world. Clove essentially gets its taste from a chemical called eugenol. Clove is harvested throughout the year in different countries and different times.
Cloves are used as spices in cuisine in Asian, African, Mediterranean, and the Near and Middle East countries, lending flavor to meats, curries, and marinades, as well as fruit such as apples, pears, and rhubarb. Cloves may be used to give aromatic and flavor qualities to soups and hot beverages, often combined with other ingredients such as lemon and sugar. They are a common element in spice blends like pumpkin pie spice.
Apart from being used as spice, clove is a natural mosquito repellent. It is used in a type of cigarette called kretek in Indonesia. Clove cigarettes are manufactured, sold and smoked throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Since 2009, clove cigarettes have been classified as cigars in the US. Also, cloves are used to make a fragrant pomander( early form of aroma therapy) when combined with an orange.
Health benefits of cloves
Lastly, cloves are known for their medicinal properties. It is used in Ayurveda and is also suggested in many home remedies.
1. Anti-bacterial: Cloves also have anti-bacterial property. For this reason they are used as mouth freshners, tooth pastes and powders. It takes care overall oral health may it be gum problems or plaque.
2. Anti-carcinogenic: Eugenol found in clove also has anti- carcinogenic property. It may protect against cancer by stopping the growth of tumor.
3. Anti-Ageing: Clove is known for its anti-oxidant property. The oxidant are known to damage the cells and cause skin ageing. The antioxidant destroys these free radicals in the body that—
damage the cells and contribute to the development of many chronic diseases.
4. For liver: Eugenol present in cloves is good for liver. It promotes the well being of liver and reverse symptoms of cirrhosis.
5. For Diabetic patients: cloves are highly beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels. It is specifically important for type 2 diabetes.
6. For bones: cloves are known to increase and preserve bone density.
7. For sexual health: Clove has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating premature ejaculation, when it is combined with other ingredients.
8. For Insomnia: Clove oil can be applied on the forehead for calming the mind to sleep.
9. For relieving pain: It is used as pain relief, especially for toothaches and stomach pain. A pinch of clove added to same amount of salt can be filled inside a cavity if it’s aching— This is an instant home remedy for tooth ache.
10. For infection and Cold: At home, using cloves for clearing up cold has been an ancient natural remedy. You can sip away the symptoms of flu and congestion with a healing brew of cloves, cinnamon and some whole cardamoms infused in tea. You can even inhale the vapours of cloves or clove oil and then sit back and breathe easy.
Safety caution: Its use may cause adverse effects if taken orally by people with liver disease, blood clotting and immune system disorders, or food allergies