Cloves

Other Names

Bourgeon Floral de Clou de Girofle, Bouton Floral de Clou de Girofle, Caryophylli Flos, Caryophyllum, Caryophyllus aromaticus, Clavo de Olor, Clous de Girolfe, Clove Flower, Clove Flowerbud, Clove Leaf, Clove Oil, Clove Stem, Cloves, Cloves Bud, Ding Xiang, Eugenia aromatica, Eugenia caryophyllata, Eugenia caryophyllus, Feuille de Clou de Girofle, Fleur de Clou de Girofle, Flores Caryophylli, Flores Caryophyllum, Gewurznelken Nagelein, Girofle, Giroflier, Huile de Clou de Girofle, Kreteks, Lavang, Lavanga, Oil of Clove, Syzygium aromaticum, Tige de Clou de Girofle, Gewürznelken, Negelken, Nägelein, Nelken, Клинчић, Каранфилић, Гвозди́чное де́рево,Сизи́гиум арома́тный

Description

The Clove is an evergreen tree that grows up to 12 meters, with large square leaves and sanguine flowers in terminal clusters. The buds are a pale colour and then become green, developing into a bright red when they become ready for collecting. The Cloves are harvested when they are 2 cm long, spreading the sepals and four unopened petals in the center form a ball. The fruit is a one seeded berry.

Ingredients

Eugenol, Vanillin, Crategolic Acid, Tannins, Flavonoids, Oleanolic Acid, Essential Oils, Beta-Sitosterol, Ellagic Acid, Flavonoids, Tannins, Kaempferol, Salicylates

Collection period

May-June, August-September

Used Parts

Dried flower buds

Uses

  • Aromatherapy

  • Back Pain

  • Bloating

  • Bronchitis

  • Decreases Toothache Pain

  • Digestive Weakness

  • Gastritis

  • Halitosis

  • Improves Peristalsis

  • Increases Stomach Acid

  • Joint Pain

  • Loss Of Appetite

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscle Pain

  • Muscular Cramps

  • Stomach

  • Stimulating

  • Stomatitis

  • Throat Irritation

  • Vomiting

  • Warms The Digestive Tract

  • Constipation

Properties:

  • Analgesic

  • Anthelmintic

  • Antibacterial

  • Antiseptic

  • Antispasmodic

  • Carminative

  • Fungicidal

  • Reassuring

  • Sudorifi

  • Toothache

Application

The buds are dried in the sun and the buds turn into dark-brown. They are used in the kitchen as a spice. Cloves may be used as a tea and applied topically for hypotonic muscles as an oil.

In manufacturing, it is used in soaps, toothpastes, perfumes, cosmetics, and cigarettes.

Summary

Cloves lend good flavour to meats, marinades and curries in dishes served in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They complement pears, apples and rhubarb very well.

It is a flower bud that is aromatic and is best used when dried as a spice and flavouring. The oil extracted is used as an herbal remedy across stomach pains and dental practices.

Side Effects

Essential oil from Cloves is quite potent and should be regulated when applied, it can irritate the skin. It is best to consult a dermatologist before self-medication.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References

  • Health From Nature, Cloves: http://www.health-from-nature.net/Clove.html-

  • Global Healing Center, Cloves: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/organic-herbs/growing-clove-

  • Wikipedia, Clove: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clove

Cloves

Syzygium aromaticum

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