Caryophyllus aromaticus L. has a medicinal properties that can be useful in the fight against gas, pain relief, infections and may also help to lose weight, and can be easily found in supermarkets and drugstores in small packages.
Clove, in addition to having medicinal properties is also an important source of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E and beta-carotene. It can be used in its natural form to enrich food, or in the form of creams and oils, cosmetic companies select some properties, to use in cosmetics, for example.
The main health benefits of cloves are:
1. Helps to Lose Weight
It assists in weight loss by fighting off gas and consequently swollen belly. Its use is not a substitute for a low-fat diet, only the healthy ones being present in avocado and salmon, for example, and with little sugar, only released the natural sugar from fruits.
2. Enhances digestion
It also improves digestion and helps control diarrhea by activating enzymes that may help the stomach and intestine. In addition it still fights flatulence, being especially indicated to be consumed in the form of tea after a meal containing black beans, broccoli or cauliflower, for example.
3. Fights Diseases
Due to its antiseptic action, cloves can be used to fight infections caused by bacteria, such as streptococci and staphylococci, or by fungi, for their antifungal action. It even helps protect the body from diseases because it fights free radicals, which cause the aging of body tissues, and even works as a painkiller, which may help to counteract pain.
4. Fights Sexual Impotence
Clove extract is a great home remedy against sexual impotence because it increases sexual desire because of its aphrodisiac properties, and may even help in controlling ejaculation, avoiding premature ejaculation.
5. Fights bad breath and toothache
The clove improves bad breath due to its natural antiseptic and aromatic properties. To benefit from these properties, just chew 1 clove to notice its aromatic effects in your mouth. Biting the clove is also a good solution to fight toothache, while waiting for the appointment with your dentist, for example.
6. Improves healing
When used directly on the skin clove oil or a herbal-based product still facilitates healing, it decreases inflammation and irritation due to its antiseptic action. This is a good option to fight small anal fissures, for example.
7. Fights flies and mosquitoes
Clove oil contains a scent that repels insects because its characteristic smell is unpleasant to them. Simply smash some cloves and leave in a dish on the table to keep flies away from the fruit, for example. Putting a few cloves in an orange or lemon is also a good way to keep flies and mosquitoes away.
Another way to use it is to add about 10 cloves in 100 m of alcohol and spray it on the skin, serving as a natural repellent, which can be used even in infants and children.
8. Relaxes muscles and fights fatigue
Clove oil can help to relax muscles and may be used in massage oils. Due to its characteristic aroma it is also a good option in fighting fatigue and melancholy, improving your disposition for day to day activities.
A herbal-based herbal gel is a great painkiller for use in the muscles in case of bruises, for example
9. Relieves coughing and eliminates catarrh
Clove tea is a good home remedy to relieve coughs and release phlegm because of its antiseptic and expectorant action. To do this tea you can add 5 cloves in 150 ml of water and boil for about 10 minutes, then add honey and drink it, while it is still warm.
10. Improves allergies
Cloves can also improve allergies, decreasing asthma attacks, for example because it has antihistamine action.
In addition, these oils can be used in the production of creams that improve the appearance of the skin, nails and hair as they clean the skin and hair follicles, avoiding irritation of these places.
How to use clove
Cloves can be consumed in cakes, breads, desserts and broths, but their properties are most enjoyed in the form of teas, which look great when made in conjunction with cinnamon, lemon or ginger.
- For tea: Put 10 g of cloves in a pot with 1 liter of water and let it boil for about 15 minutes. Then let it cool, strain and drink up to 3 times a day.
- Powder: Take 200 to 500 mg diluted in water, for 2 or 3 times a day;
- Essential oil: Apply 2 or 3 drops on a cotton ball and apply in the desired areas.
Herbal preparations such as creams or gels containing cloves can be found in natural products stores and in drugstores.
Clove is not indicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding and by children under 6 years of age. It is also not recommended in cases of gastritis or ulcer. It can also cause irritation of the skin and digestive mucosa of more sensitive people, so it should be used, preferably with indication of a herbalist.
The clove has a substance called eugenol that slows blood clotting, so clove tea and its dried extract should not be used 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.