Clove, (Syzygium aromaticum), tropical evergreen tree of the family Myrtaceae. Clove is an important spice and is also known as ” Mother Nature’s Antiseptic”. Its small reddish brown flower buds used as a spice. Cloves were important in the earliest spice trade. Clove trees grow to about 26-40 feet and flower after about 6 years. The tree becomes fully mature in 20 years and can bear fruit for more than 80 years. The flower buds gradually develop in color and are ready for collecting when they turn bright red. It has a strong taste and smell and is therefore, mostly used as a flavor in curries, meat or sweet dishes like fruits pies.
The oil obtained from clove is a good source of eugenol. The strong germicidal properties of clove help combat toothache, sore gums and ulcers. The eugenol present in clove helps ease digestion; healthy digestion is key to effective weight loss. Clove also helps rev up metabolism naturally. By fighting free radical activity, cloves may also help give you a beautiful skin. The winter spice may also help regulate blood sugar levels.
Cloves are also enriched with antiseptic, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. The anti-inflammatory compounds help heal sore throats, cold and cough and headache. Clove oil can also help prevent mosquito bites. It has excellent mosquito repellent property.
Clove has vitamin C which increase white blood cells in the body. This further helps your body fight any infections or diseases. Having 2 cloves in the morning helps you stay healthy. It keep diseases at bay. Cloves are replete with powerful antioxidants. It help fight free radical damage and boost our immunity. Cloves hold an important place in Indian medicine and Ayurveda for their amazing benefits. Unopened flower buds, leaves and stalks yield essential oil.
Health Benefits – Rich in antioxidants, Remedy for Toothache, Reduced Ulcers etc.