Cloves Medicinal Uses

By | February 9, 2014

Although Cloves Syzygium aromaticum have a very strong and distinct taste and flavor, Cloves medicinal uses date back many hundreds of years and they are a popular spice in Indian cuisine. If you are not accustomed to the taste and flavor, be sparing in how you use it – it could be a bit of an assault on your taste buds. Documentation of the medicinal properties of the clove is abundant.


Being anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial and antifungul are just a few of the properties of cloves, making them useful in treating peptic ulcers, parasitic infections and food poisoning.

Cloves are used medicinally in the following ways:

  • Chewing on it will alleviate bad breath, effects last for quite a long time because clove destroys bacteria growing on your tongue.
  • Clove or clove oil can reduce painful toothaches; chewing it or placing oil soaked cotton on the affected area will decrease in pain.
  • Chew clove combined with crystal sugar to relieve a chest cough.
  • Apply ointment to treat fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot.
  • Drinking tea from the plant can treat digestive conditions such as heartburn, flatulence, nausea and hyperacidity; but doctors and herbal specialists recommend using for short periods of time only.
  • Clove tea can reduce thirst during a fever and the amount of water consumed during that time.
  • A paste that is generated from mixing ground cloves with water treats bites, cuts and lesions.
  • Apply the paste as a mask to the forehead to relieve headaches associated with colds.
  • Massage clove oil to affected areas to relieve muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis.
  • Other applicationis include:

Cloves remedies are not a substitute for medication or advice provided by your healthcare professional.