THE cloves they are a widely used spice in cooking as an accompaniment to meats, aged cheeses and some vegetables or to flavor wines, liqueurs and desserts.
It is also widely used in traditional medicine which exploits its innumerable therapeutic properties, especially of the digestive, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory type. The name is given by the fact that this spice resembles carnation but is actually the dried bud of the Eugenia caryophyllata plant, a tree that is very widespread in the East.
Cloves, therapeutic properties
Cloves contain flavonoids, tannins, triterpenes and volatile compounds including eugenol, the basic component of the essential oil and responsible for the analgesic power of this spice.
Thanks to the anesthetic properties i cloves they are widely used especially in the treatment of toothache which consist in rinsing and gargle with a solution based on water and spice (to be prepared as an herbal tea and used cold) or in placing a clove or a soaked cotton ball of the essential oil directly next to the aching tooth.
In addition to soothing tooth pain, it is also effective in case of throat inflammation, cough and in the presence of bad breath: for sore throats and coughs, essential oil is preferable while for halitosis just chew for a few minutes a few cloves.
It has digestive properties as it facilitates the transit of food and, consequently, the work of the stomach as well as favoring the expulsion of any intestinal gas and toxins: the recommended dose is that of 1 or 2 nails per 15 ml of hot water. As an alternative to the infusion, you can use the mother tincture: 30 drops in a little water 3 times a day are enough.
These internal uses are flanked by the external uses of cloves for the health of the skin in the presence of mycosis in the feet and hands, as well as to counteract aging thanks to the presence of antioxidants such as flavonoids. Just prepare a foot bath (or hand bath) based on cloves preferably combined with thyme, coriander, vanilla and cumin to enhance its antifungal action.
In aromatherapy theclove essential oil it is often used to overcome exhaustion and headaches by taking advantage of its energizing and tonic action
The other uses of cloves
If placed in aromatic bags in cupboards, cloves keep moths away, just as if placed in a small container in the kitchen cupboards, they keep food butterflies away. Also combined with lemon, if placed on the windowsill they help keep flies away.