Properties, benefits and uses of cloves

You have surely already used cloves for a gastronomic preparation. However, this aromatic herb is not only the perfect ingredient to flavor your dishes, but also provides you with a series of benefits and nutritional properties.

What is clove?

The clove comes from the clove, whose scientific name is Syzygium aromaticum. These are the buttons (nail-shaped) of this tree native to Indonesia.

It is an aromatic herb widely used in gastronomy as a spice for the preparation of delicious dishes, both savory and sweet. Since ancient times, its exquisite smell and taste has been a main ingredient in the preparation of various oriental drinks, including chai tea.

Its use is not limited only to the preparation of food, but it is also used in the preparation of home remedies, thanks to its medicinal properties.

Properties of cloves

This plant is well known for its anesthetic, antispasmodic, stimulant and antibacterial properties. It contains a large amount of nutrients, among which the molecule of eugenol, which is known to prevent blood clotting and strengthen the cardiovascular system.

In addition, cloves also contain nutritional and essential elements for the body, such as: vitamin K, potassium, calcium, manganese, vitamin B, magnesium, flavonoids, omega-3 and fatty acids.

Benefits of cloves

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • As a powerful ally in the fight against gastrointestinal problems, and even used to treat diarrhea.
  • Its antimicrobial properties contribute to better oral health. Hence, this herb is great for fighting mouth infections and bad breath.
  • Helps to better regulate the circulatory system.
  • It prevents diseases of the cardiovascular system.
  • It helps reduce blood sugar, thanks to the flavonoids it contains.
  • Herbal teas rich in cloves act as a memory stimulant.
  • It is an excellent antidepressant and energetic.
  • It is recommended to fight against fatigue and fatigue generated by stress.
  • Helps fight nausea and dizziness. Therefore, it is recommended for travelers.
  • Its analgesic properties help fight various types of pain, such as headaches or toothaches. This plant is recognized for its local analgesic power, which is why it is used in dental treatments, such as caries wedges, canals and also to relieve discomfort of the gums.
  • Eliminate the fungus on the feet. In this case, it is recommended to prepare a bath of pre-boiled hot water with cloves.
  • Balances blood sugar levels
  • It is used in herbal remedies to combat respiratory diseases, acting as a natural expectorant, thus helping to cleanse the bronchi of accumulated phlegm.
  • It is used to calm irritation in the throat.
  • Prepared with oil, it helps to relax muscles, allowing better rest.

How to use cloves?

In gastronomy, the use of cloves is diverse. It is an essential and very common ingredient for seasoning meats or for making desserts, breads, drinks (hot or cold), among others.

In home remedies, Its uses are varied and will depend on the benefit you hope to derive from it, here we offer you the best means of preparation:

  • As a digestive and anti-flatulent, boil a cup of water and add three to five cloves. Leave to stand for 10 minutes (enough time to concentrate its properties and aroma). Then add the juice of a lemon and a teaspoon of honey. It is recommended to drink a cup of this infusion after meals.
  • To combat headaches, prepare a compress made from cloves. A paste is prepared with cloves, salt and water. This paste is applied to the forehead and left to act for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • In case of dental pain, it is very common to prepare a solution with ΒΌ teaspoon of clove oil and another of olive oil. Then it is applied with a drop on the affected tooth.
  • To avoid dizziness and nausea, it is recommended to drink an infusion of cloves.