Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cloves


Syzgium aromaticum or Eugenia carophyllata

Properties:
  • Analgesic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiparasitic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant (very high)
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Contains the following:
    • Manganese
    • Calcium
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin K
    • Omege 3's
  • High in phytonutrients

Helps With:

1) Cloves are very well known for their help in relieving toothaches and other diseases of the mouth. They contain a substance called eugenol which, along with a few other components, make it a mild anesthetic. At the same time, it reduces inflammation (a great help for inflamed gums!) plus cloves are antibacterial killing any germs that are present.

2) Other bacteria that cloves can help fight off include E. coli, staph infections, bladder infections, respiratory infections, and urinary tract infections. All without building up an immune resistance as drugs tend to do.

3) If you are plagued with cold sores, cloves can help prevent them from forming due to the antiviral property.

4) As an antifungal, cloves are useful in treating athlete's foot, ringworm, candida, etc.

5) Apparently, genital herpes cannot replicate in the presence of eugenol, a major constituent in cloves.

6) Cloves are useful in treating indigestion, nausea, gas, diarrhea and bloating.

Tidbits:

Orange pomanders studded with cloves were originally used to ward off mosquitos. Further research has shown that clove essential oil is more beneficial in warding off the little buggers than citronella.

Cloves are a pink bud found on an evergreen tree. They must be hand harvested before the buds open. From there they are dried where they turn a reddish brown color. 

Cloves have one of the highest levels of antioxidants in foods that have been tested.



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Disclaimer:
In order to protect myself from people who might take any information I have written out of context or use it in any way I do not intend...I must say the following: I am NOT a doctor. I take no responsibility for what you do or not do with any information I have written. My opinions and writings should not take the place of a  doctor...consult one of those if you need medical advice. Pretty much...please use common sense and I strongly suggest you do your own research as well. It's empowering!






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