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.