Cloves is one of the ancient spices roots from Asian countries like India, Indonesia, Pakistan and East african countries. It is popularly used as a flavoring agent in food. But apart from that it has many medicinal values, the ancient medicinal form of Ayurveda proves clove to be one of the finest medicines for many diseases. Clove is an herb and people use various parts of the plant, including the dried bud, stems, and leaves to make medicine.
Clove oil is also famous for its medicinal properties. Clove has been used for thousands of years in India and China, not only as a spice and condiment, but also as a medicine for many ailments. Ayurvedic medicing used cloves for tooth decay, halitosis, and bad breath. In Chinese medicine, clove was considered to possess aphrodisiac properties. As mentioned there are many benefits for cloves, one of the most important uses is it is used as a medicine for Respiratory congestions.
Health Benefits of clove
Clove Tea for Congestion
Cloves work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up. Ayurveda suggests making a tea to lessen, or prevent, colds and flu. It is also used as an expectorant, making it easier to cough up phlegm. Cloves are a natural painkiller and also attack germs, so they’ll help you get rid of that sore throat.
How to make Clove Tea
- Take 3 cloves
- A stick of cinnamon
- 2 crushed cardamom
- 1 Tea bag
- Boil water in a pan,
- Add the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
- Let it boil for 3-4 minutes
- Now turn off the flame and add tea bag into it.
Temporarily treat a toothache.
You can temporarily alleviate the pain by dabbing a little clove oil on a cotton ball and placing it on the sore tooth or on your gums. An added benefit is that it will also pull out any infection.
Cloves improve digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes. Cloves are also good for reducing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia and nausea. Cloves can be roasted, powdered, and taken with honey for relief in digestive disorders.
Cloves possess anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties. Studies on clove extracts being administered in lab rats suggest that the presence of eugenol reduced the inflammation caused by edema. It was also confirmed that eugenol has the ability to reduce pain by stimulating pain receptors.