Clove is referred to as the middle-sized evergreen tree with unopened flower bud. It grows up to 12 meters in height. It is one of the most widely used spices of china and India. It is the best herbal medicine for tooth decay and counterfeiting halitosis.
It is the native of Molucca islands. However these days Zanzibar is the largest producer of cloves. It is found to be enriched with carbohydrates, protein, moisture, volatile oil, calcium, iron, sodium, thiamine, potassium, niacin, vitamin A and C.
While the steam distillation process, the clove stem, buds and leaves produces good amount of essential oils. It has many medicinal virtues and acts as great stimulant for the body. It helps in counteracting the spasmodic disorder in the body and provides relief from flatulence. It promotes perfect metabolism and digestion in the body.
In India it is widely used as powder, oil or decoction to cure several health ailments such as:
Digestive Disorders: To cure numerous digestive problems in the body it is advised that the powder of clove should be licked with honey for beneficial results. The licking of powder helps in promoting enzymatic flow and digestive functioning in the body.
Cholera: To treat cholera it is advised that decoction prepared by boiling cloves in water and later this is drunk at regular intervals provide immediate relief.
Coughs: To cure cough it is advised that a clove bud is chewed with salt one time a day proves effective by relieving irritation. To cure tuberculosis and bronchitis, it is advised that the clove oil should be mixed with honey and garlic clove, later on taken at the bed time proves beneficial.
Asthma: To cure asthma it is advised that a clove decoction mixed with honey should be taken three times a day for beneficial results.
Teeth Disorders: To treat the teeth disorders it is advised that the clove oil should be applied over the affected tooth to get instant relief from pain. It is advised to use toothpaste with clove regularly for beneficial results.
Earache: To cure earache it is advised that the clove should be sauté in sesame oil and later, allow cooling it down. Then this oil should be put into ear two times a day to get immediate relief from pain.
Muscular Cramps: To treat the muscular cramps it is advised that the oil of clove should be applied over the affected area two times a day to alleviate pain.
Headaches: To treat headache, it is advised that the clove paste mixed with crystal of salt should be applied over the affected area to get instant relief from pain.
Stye: It proves as an effective remedy for stye, a problem related to the inflammation around the eyelashes. It is advised to rub the clove bud with water and later this mixture should be applied over the area two times a day for beneficial results.
Apart from this the clove has numerous usages such as it plays a role of important ingredient in the preparation of curry powder used in various food preparations. It acts as a flavoring agent for betel quid. The oil of clove is used in various beauty products such as soaps, perfumes, creams or moisturizing lotions.