PART 2. THE HERBS
Clove is a highly nutrient-dense spice whose active ingredient, eugenol, has been studied widely. Packed with manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, and fiber, this wonder flower bud is revered for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and analgesic properties. Although studies are inconclusive, it’s being used to supplement modern cancer care and treatments as well as other conditions like hepatitis with positive results.
Did You Know?
Since the eighth century, cloves were a major part of European and Asian commerce. In fact, wars have been fought over the spice. Today, Indonesia accounts for half of the world’s consumption of cloves.
MEDICINAL: Treats cuts, wounds, burns, throat issues, earaches, nausea, diabetes, headaches, sore gums, bites, stings, and tooth decay; boosts immunity, libido, and brain function; battles stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety, memory loss, insomnia, and premature ejaculation; and stimulates circulation.
COSMETIC: Treats bad breath, acne, wrinkles, sagging skin, and dryness.
•Apply as an oil, ointment, poultice, skincare cream, fragrance
•Drink as a tea
•Eat in food
•Use for aromatherapy or in soap
Clove is considered safe when taken in amounts typically found in foods, however, no studies have been done taking the herb for medicinal use in the long term. Children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women should avoid medicinal doses because it’s untested. The active ingredient in clove, eugenol, slows blood clotting so avoid ingesting clove post-surgery or if you’re taking blood thinners.
Oil of Clove
Locating & Growing
Cloves are the flowering buds of perennial clove trees. They grow easily in wet, tropical areas or rich, red soil. Their ideal conditions are partial shade and rainfall. It takes 20 years for this plant to grow clove buds.