Benefits of Eating Clove

Historically, known to reign only in the 'spice islands' of Indonesia, clove, today is found in almost every household world over. Read on to know the health benefits of eating black clove.
| Saturday, September 18, 2010
Most of us have a habit of popping in one or two cloves after a meal or before leaving for work in the morning. How many of us wait for a while and think about why are we into this habit of eating cloves? The answer lies just around us if we take some time out and understand the facts about 'Clove'.

Clove is a magical flower bud (in the dried form) that not only adds aroma to your cuisines, but also is blessed with medicinal properties. It is botanically known as Syzygium aromaticum or Eugenia aromaticum or Eugenia caryophyllata. Its unique appearance is also quite appealing; the shape of the flower bud resembles a nail and hence its name is derived from the Latin word 'Clavus' which means 'nail'. Clove is not an ingredient that is used everyday in preparing meals but has its importance in certain cuisines. The strong inherent flavor and the warmth do the wonder!

Clove, a delight in cuisines

  • It is a core ingredient of the spiced tea.
  • Clove is very popular in Indian cuisine, especially in rice dishes.
  • Cloves are also used to season soups, broths, stews and porridges.

Ayurveda, an ancient medicinal 'Gold mine' of India has listed a number of benefits of cloves, so does the Chinese medicines.

Health Benefits of Eating Cloves

  • The most popular medicinal usage of clove is in the field of dentistry. The clove oil (Eugenol) serves as a natural painkiller in dental carries. Pressing a clove or placing a drop of clove oil at the site of toothache helps to lower the pain. Its antiseptic properties help to control infection in the tooth. Clove therefore is a common ingredient in toothpastes and mouth washes.
  • Clove aids in reducing flatulence. It acts as a carminative and improves the peristalsis of the alimentary tract (stomach).
  • Eating a clove along with sugar cures stomach pain.
  • Clove also is known to cure digestive problems caused by worms.
  • Clove relieves cough if chewed whole or in the form of a decoction.
  • Clove has solutions to many skin problems like acne, pimples, burns etc.
  • Sucking the juice from a clove serves to relieve acidity.
  • Licking a paste of clove with honey alleviates nausea and vomiting.
  • The Chinese medicines approves clove to be an answer to stomach problems, impotency, loose motions or even vomiting.
  • The clove oil - eugenol, prevents formation of blood clots by acting against the platelets (components of blood that promote clot formation).
  • Clove relieves from bad breath and so is eaten by many people to serve as a mouth freshener.
  • The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of cloves make it a natural source of protection against infections.

In addition to the benefits of eating cloves, the topical application of its paste relieves joint pain, headaches etc.

Readers need to note that though the above remedies are into use in most households and are trusted since centuries, it is most essential to seek the doctor’s advice in case of any health ailment rather than going for self-medication. It may be noted that the dosage in which the clove needs to be consumed in the above disorders varies from person to person and hence it is mandatory to look for the advice of an expert.