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Origin of Herbs:
Clove is the dried unopened flower bud obtained from a handsome, middle sized, and evergreen tree. The tree has a straight trunk and grows up to a height of 10 to 12 meters. The clove has been used in India and china, for over 2,000 years as a spice to check both tooth decay and counter halitosis that is bad breath. In percia and china, it was considered to have aphrodisiac properties.
The clove tree is a native of the Molucca islands. The clove buds, stem and leaves, on steam distillation yield a substantial amount of essential oil. The clove bud oil derived from the dried buds by steaming distillation contains free eugenol, eugenol acetate and caryophyllene.Healing options:
Cloves have many medicinal virtues. They are stimulant. They are useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders and in relieving flatulence. They help stimulate sluggish circulation and thereby promote digestion and metabolism .In the Indian system of medicine cloves are used in various conditions either in the form of powder or a decoction made of them. Clove oil applied outwardly, has stimulating effects on the skin, producing heat and redness.
Digestive disorder:
Clove promotes enzymatic flow and boost digestive functioning. They are used in various forms of gastric irritability and dyspepsia. Licking the powder of fried clove mixed with honey is effective in controlling vomiting. The anesthetic action of clove numbs the gullet and stomach and stops vomiting.
Cloves are very useful for treating cholera. About 4 grams of cloves are boiled in 3 liters of water until half the water has evaporated. This water, taken in draughts, will check severe symptoms of the disease.
Chewing a clove with a crystal of common salt eases expectoration, relieves the irritation in the throat and stops cough in the pharyngitis that is, inflammation of the pharynx. Chewing a burnt clove is also an effective medicine for coughs caused by congested throat and pharyngitis.
Clove is an effective remedy for asthma. A teaspoon of decoction prepared by boiling 6 cloves in 30 ml of water can be taken with honey thrice daily as an expectorant.
Teeth disorder :
The use of a clove in toothache decreases pain. It also helps to decrease infection due to decayed tooth, also relieves toothache.
Muscular cramp :
Muscular cramps are often relieved when the oil of clove is applied as a poultice near the affected portion.
A paste of clove and salt crystals in milk is a common household remedy for headaches. Salt as a hygroscopic agent, absorbs fluid and decreases tension.
Other uses:
Clove are used as table spice and mixed with Chillies, Cinamon, turmeric and other spices in the preparation of curry powder. Clove oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, and bath salts and as a flavouring agent in medicine and dentistry.