Health Benefits of Clove
Posted on: October 16, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

There are many ways that good health can be restored and nurtured by consuming required quantities of clove—a spice native to Asian countries like Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and even areas of East Africa.

From controlling diabetes to the immune system given a boost, and the digestion process aided, many are included in its benefits. Even oral diseases and headaches are cured by the anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial properties present in cloves.

What are they, cloves, today?

Many parts of the world—particularly in Asia—use clove in a variety of ways, which accredits its reputation as a spice popular around the globe.

Asian cuisines—of a number of different types—use clove to form a culinary base. Syzygium aromaticum is the tree—of the plant family Myrtaceae —whose dried flower buds are called “cloves”.

Conditions that prevail in tropical and subtropical environments support the growth of this “evergreen herb”, whose various parts—including the dried buds, stems, and leaves—can be made into medicine.

The ancient medicinal properties of its oil only add more therapeutic significance to clove which is, historically, already much popular.

What were they, cloves, once upon a time?

There is a great deal of history behind—just like many other spices—the clove that originates in Asia. From Indonesia to China, India, Persia, Africa, and Europe, clove was transported all the way during the 13th and 14th centuries. There began monopoly wars—over production and distribution of cloves—due to which it was at very high prices that cloves were being sold during that time.

The islands of Maluku—known as “Spice Island”—popular for nutmeg, mace and cloves, was the subject of many wars being waged—during both the medieval and modern periods—for control of the archipelago. Clove—very important the world around today as a commercial crop—was the reason why it was for a very long time that the Maluku Island was colonized by the Dutch.

Medicinal Uses of Clove

Not only as a spice but also as a medicine for many ailments, clove has been used in India and China for thousands of years.

  • Halitosis—”bad breath”—and tooth decay have been treated using cloves in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Aphrodisiac properties were considered to be present in clove, in Chinese medicine.
  • For traditionally healing minor cuts, cloves were ground and applied on the injured area.
  • Congestion is relieved by a popular warm beverage—”Clove Tea”!
  • Headaches, flatulence, and stretch marks on skin were thought to be reduced or relieved by clove oil.
  • By adding just a few drops of clove oil to water, one would see bugs and insects vanish with its effective use as a bug and insect repellant.

Health Benefits of Clove

Assists Potentially in Protecting the Liver

The oxidative reaction of free radicals has a potentially damaging effect on the vital organs of the body—especially the liver. The high amounts of free radicals present in cloves, scavenge these free radicals—effectively and essentially “neutralizing” them—in the biological system.

The hepatoprotective properties of Clove counteract the effects of metabolism which—while decreasing the antioxidants in the liver—simultaneously increases free radical production and the lipid profile, all of which cumulatively deteriorate liver health.

Helps Enhance the ‘Tensegrity’ of Bones

Bone density and mineral content of bones are sustained by phenolic compounds—such as eugenol—and its derivatives—such as flavones, isoflavones, and flavonoids—present in the hydro-alcoholic extracts of clove. In a case of osteoporosis, this also helps in increasing the tensile strength of bones. Confirming the efficacy of these findings, however, requires more research.

Assists Potentially in Restoring Oral Health

A study published in the Journal of Natural Products reveals that extracts from the bud of cloves potentially control the growth of oral pathogens. Consequently, risk of contracting gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis is significantly reduced. The analgesic “pain-killing” properties of clove also help alleviate toothache.

Potentially Reduces Headaches—a quick and effective recipe for alleviating headaches is a mixture of the paste of a few clove buds with a dash of rock salt added to a glass of milk.

Gives Immunity a Potential Boost—increasing the white blood cell count improves “delayed-type hypersensitivity” and thereby enhances the immune system—achieved by the immunogenic compounds present in the dried flower bud of clove.

Essential Nutrients in Clove

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