Cloves – are a popular spice nowadays. It can be added both to sweet dishes, marinades and even to beverages. This article is about clove’s useful properties and application in medicine, cosmetology and cooking.

Clove: useful properties and contraindications

How to get cloves? During flowering of myrtle trees, still unopened buds are collected and dried. They grow in Malaysia, India, Ceylon, and Madagascar. Clove flowering occurs several times throughout the year, so there is no shortage of crop. Clove is dried directly under the natural sunlight of heat and light. No other devices for drying, as a rule, are not used.

Clove is used everywhere: in cooking, treatment, and cosmetology

Healing properties of this spice help relieve pain, improve blood circulation, and get rid of diseases of the oral cavity. In addition, it is often used for colds as a warming agent.

This spice is applied in the manufacture of medicines for the liver and stomach. The easiest way to use cloves in the stomach treatment is intake of clove infusion on an empty stomach. This procedure helps to clear the mucous membrane.

Clove decoction – is an excellent remedy for swelling around the eyes. Wadded discs moistened with this decoction are applied to the skin around the eyes for 10-15 minutes. Such compress removes existing swelling and prevents the formation of new ones.

Buds of cloves belong to the category of spices. Therefore, consult a specialist when using it in the treatment of the gastrointestinal diseases. In addition to the above, cloves promote increase in blood pressure. Patients with hypertension should take this spice cautiously. Cloves should not be used in small children (under two years old). Their digestive system is not yet fully formed.

Clove composition

The main clove component is clove oil. Essential oil of this spice contains eugenol. This substance gives the cloves the bright aroma that is familiar to many people. In addition to the basic substance, this spice includes such components as caryophyllene, gumulene, oleanolic acid, fats, and tannin components.

Clove essential oil

Clove essential oil is an extremely useful product. Having a high antiseptic effect, it is able to successfully combat various types of bacteria and viruses. It is often used to treat and prevent colds by means of aromatherapy sessions. In addition, clove oil is successfully used to treat nervous disorders, depressive conditions, chronic fatigue, and hysteria.

Clove oil can be bought at the pharmacy or prepared independently at home. Undiluted essential oil of cloves should not be used in a “pure” form.

Clove essential oil

Caloric value of cloves

Caloric value of cloves is about 323 kcal per 100 grams of dried product. It seems to be a lot, but if to weigh a bud, it turns out that the energy value of the dish increases by a very small number of calories. Therefore, clove can be safely added to bakery products, marinades and beverages to improve taste.

dried Clove

Clove in folk medicine

Like many spices and herbs, cloves have found their application in folk medicine.

For example, clove oil is widely used for colds. Inhalations with clove buds are applied when coughing. Clove can significantly reduce toothache. To do this, you need to chew the bud and leave it directly in the place of pain for 15-20 minutes. In addition to the anesthetic properties, clove cleanses the oral cavity of germs and refreshes breath. An excellent tip for smokers: chew a clove bud after smoking a cigarette. The unpleasant smell of tobacco will go away. In addition, clove decoction is used as anthelmintic. Clove infusion perfectly copes with intestinal spasms caused by excessive gas formation.

Clove in cosmetology

In cosmetology, clove oil is most often used. It is added as a constituent when preparing a variety of cosmetic masks based on clay, fermented milk products, and fruit purees. Possessing a powerful antiseptic effect, clove is able to effectively combat black “points”, cleanse the skin of bacteria, and improve blood circulation and tone.

In addition to the above-mentioned, clove buds can also be used, for example in hair masks. For this, this spice is thoroughly ground with a knife. Clove stimulates blood circulation, thereby contributing to a better nutrition of hair follicles. A noticeable result can be achieved when treating dandruff and excessive oily scalp and hair roots.

One can buy natural clove oil for cosmetic procedures at pharmacies. Do not add it thoughtlessly to all facial, body and hair care products. You can get a burn, allergic rash, or irritation. You will find how and in what quantities this oil can be added to masks, creams or shampoos in the instruction.

Clove in cosmetology

Clove in cooking

  1. Clove buds are often used for marinating mushrooms, vegetables, and meat products.
  2. It is added to sauces and seasonings for spiciness and piquancy.
  3. Cloves are used in fish and meat broths, as well as meat dishes on the grill. The confectioners also use this spice along with not less exotic nutmeg.

When using cloves in cooking, it is important to remember that they do not like high temperatures. Therefore, it is better to add them at the very end of cooking. When canning, the buds are put in cans together with other ingredients.

How to choose quality cloves

In order to choose the right clove:

  1. Buy the spice in in buds.
  2. Quality cloves have reddish-brown color.
  3. The buds should be slightly oily to the touch.
  4. The stalks should be flexible enough (not withered).
  5. The bud itself should not also be withered.
  6. Pay attention to the expiration date of the cloves if you buy them in the package.
  7. The clove smell should be without “sourness” and bitterness. It should be quite saturated.