Cloves – The Super Spice

Cloves – The super spice

For as long as I can remember my mom kept at least one jar of cloves amongst her many herbs and spices. She mainly used whole cloves for holiday hams (that’s actually my favorite memory of their use in our household) but occasionally she would use them for their medicinal purpose as well. She would let it seep in boiling water and make a tea for a tummy ache, vomiting, diarrhea or even gas. Or tell us to suck on one if we had a toothache. The home remedies for this spice go all the way to India and China. For centuries people knew what my mom knows and what I’m sharing with you, Cloves rock! Not only in the kitchen but have a ton of good uses.

For the longest time cloves have been used as a home remedy for toothaches, joint pains, indigestion, asthma, cough, skin disorders, headache, etc. These health benefits can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, germicidal and stimulant properties.

Let’s check out how cloves can be useful as home remedy for treating common ailments:

  • The use of cloves in toothache is a common home remedy. Place a clove bud between the jaws, press gently at the site of aching tooth eases the pain. Or apply clove oil a cavity of a tooth. This would reduce the pain and help to deter infection. It really works!
  • Got stinky breath? Chew on a clove!
  • Coughing? Congested chest? Spasmodic coughing? Place 5-6 cloves in about 30 ml of water. Take this tea with honey three times a day as an expectorant. Chewing a clove with table salt also relieves coughing. If you have cough or throat is congested, try chewing roasted clove.
  • Are you an asthmatic like me? Soak 2 cloves, 12-15 basil leaves, 10 black pepper in water and boil for 15 minutes. Filter. To this, add two tsp honey and drink with milk.
  • Heartburn? Suck a clove to relieve the uneasiness.
  • Clove oil taken with sugar is known to cure a stomach ache.
  • Your head hurts? Migraine? Make a paste of clove with table salt. Drink it with milk to treat headache. Who knew? Or simply apply it to the spot..nice!
  • In cases of nausea and vomiting, prepare a paste by mixing clove powder in honey. Licking it will also ease the problem.
  • Morning sickness? All around preggers nausea? A clove bud boiled in water…sure wish I would have known that 2 kids
  • Apply a few drops of clove oil mixed with mustard oil helps alleviate joint pain and muscular cramps.
  • For treating spasmodic (long coughs that take your breath away and make your sides hurt) coughs during tuberculosis, bronchitis and asthma, mix a few drops of clove oil and garlic in honey. Take this before going to bed.
  • Earache? Mix clove oil and sesame oil. Warm (not HOT) the mixture and put 2-3 drops in the ear.
  • To treat acne, apply a paste of clove powder in honey over the affected area. Or Mix a few drops of clove oil in jojoba or coconut oil and apply over acne. This home remedy not only removes acne but also leftover spots. This one, I am definitely going to try!
  • For treating sty (inflammation on the eyelash), rub a clove stub in water and apply over the affected area.
  • Clove oil works as an effective insect repellent when diluted with water in 1:10 ratio. Spray this solution to keep the insects at bay. Or take a whole orange and put cloves in it and set it in the area where the bugs are…definitely useful here in the south!!
  • Boil 6-7 clove buds along with anise seed in half a liter of water till it remains one-fourth. Drinking it with sugar is great for stuffy noses.

There you have it kids. Interesting huh? I thought so. So many remedies for everyday ailments, especially when you are looking for an alternative to medicine. Just a quick FYI: The above mentioned home remedies are for information purposes only. Take advice from your doctor before following any of the above mentioned remedies. Author should not be held for any misconduct.


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