At first glance, this small bud doesn’t appear to be much, however when you look more closely at the clove bud, you will see that this tiny flower packs a BIG punch! Clove is commonly known as a spice used in baking to flavor food, or as an ingredient in dental products. However there’s a lot more to this seasoning than most people realize. Clove is a pungent, fragrant, and aromatic reddish brown dried flower bud of the tropical evergreen tree that thrives in humid, warm climates. The buds display a beautiful pink flower that turns into purple berries. The clove bud is a tiny powerhouse due to it’s many unique and beneficial medicinal properties. Cloves contain vitamins and minerals along with phenolic acids, The Clove bud could have the most potent dietary source of polyphenols than any other source when compared gram per gram. Phenolic acid is a type of phytochemical called polyphenols. It works as an antioxidant to prevent cellular damage due to free radicals and oxidative damage. The flavonoids in clove have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits also. Flavonoids neutralize effects of free radicals and have anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and anti-microbial properties Gallo tannins also exhibit strong anti-oxidative and anti-bacterial properties. Triterpenes contained in clove are natural compounds found in most plants. They help strengthen the digestive system, improve allergic reaction, reduce inflammation, and inhibit tumors. Last but not least, there is eugenol. It makes up most of the taste of clove. Eugenol has been known to have tremendous medicinal value. It is a very powerful fat soluble antioxidant. This simply means that Eugenol fights free radicals that are formed in the fatty or lipid sections of the body. Eugenol can help protect against cardiovascular disease, fights bacteria and infections, inhibits fungi growth, acts as an antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
A very important factor to understand, is that clove can help purify your blood. That’s big news, since our blood is where sickness and disease can begin! It does so by stimulating antioxidant activity in the body to help purify platlets. This action may help increase resistance to disease by scavenging free radicals, thus reducing toxicity in the blood. Do you think you will look at clove differently now? I know I do!
As we have discussed, clove appears to be a tiny bud, but it is a powerhouse when it comes to boosting our bodies defense system. Our bodies are subject to free radicals and oxidative stress on a daily basis. Some of the benefits of clove include: anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and anti-cancer.
Clove is an effective sty remover, topically alleviates inflammatory based pain, is anti-microbial to the digestive tract, has germicidal properties, effective tooth pain reliever, cough expectorant, and great for wounds and insect bites.
Why not try to start incorporating more clove in your diet to experience these health benefits?
Below are some ideas:
“A very small amount (half a teaspoon) of the clove terpene on the edge of a natural fiber object when put into the dryer will kill odors– dog, smoke, mildew, etc. I’m talking king-sized flannel sheets and my husband’s bath towels. The bath towel especially, once the mildew odor was in it, came out of the washer reeking of mildew. Clove terpene took care of it. Use it now as a matter of course. Odor of clove hangs around for a while (pleasant to me) and keeps things like towels and sheets fresher in the wooden drawers of my unairconditioned house.”
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Humulene, also known as α-humulene or α-caryophyllene, has a unique earthy and woody fragrance. It is a naturally occurring terpene. Terpenes are a group of fragrant essential oils found in all plants.