Cloves (लौंग) , a dried flower obtained from the plants have been a part of the spice condiments since a long time now. However, this is not the sole use that cloves have served. There are numerous health benefits of dried cloves. Be it as a solution to toothaches or minor muscle spasms and muscle pains, cloves fit in comfortably several roles.
Calories (energy) in Cloves : 286 K.cal / 100 gm
Major Nutrients Present in Cloves:
This article highlights just a few of them along with appropriate remedies you can use in everyday life, without much effort.
Health Benefits of Dried Cloves
1. Clove Oil is used to cure Toothaches.
Since ancient times, clove oil has been used to treat toothaches. It is due to clove’s analgesic properties that we have continued to use it to cure toothaches.
- To cure toothaches with clove oil, take a small cotton swab, dip it in some clove oil and apply it to the infected area.
- Whereas clove oil is largely available in a number of pharmacy stores, in case of unavailability, cloves can be heated in some coconut oil or sesame oil and the oil can be used to cure toothaches.
Clove also acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent preventing infections.
2. Whole Cloves for Bad Breath.
Cloves have a pungent strong smell, which overpowers the odor from the mouth effectively. Moreover, the antibacterial properties of the dried spice can be used to kill the bacterial infestations in the mouth resulting from degradation of food in the mouth resulting in a foul smell.
- After every meal, you can take two or three dried cloves in your mouth and chew it before heading out. The foul smell will be gone in no time.
- Clove tea, a concoction prepared by brewing dried cloves in water and boiling it to release its flavors can be used to rinse the mouth to get rid of bad breath.
3. Clove Oil and Clove Powder to Overcome Vomiting and Nausea.
The characteristic strong aroma and pungent taste of cloves are used to overcome vomiting and nausea. It has proven significantly beneficial for pregnant women who experience repeated nausea and bouts of morning sickness.
- Clove oil when dabbed on a handkerchief and smelled at regular intervals can immediately reduce nausea.
- Vomiting can be easily reduced by ingesting a mixture of equal amounts of clove powder and honey.
- In addition, a mixture of a couple of drops of clove oil in a glass of water is beneficial in reducing nausea and overcome vomiting.
4. Cloves and their Digestive Power.
Cloves contain various nutrients that can stimulate the secretion of various enzymes of the digestive tract. Other than that, cloves are a natural carminative. This means that cloves bear the capability to relieve flatulence, gas and other colic issues easily.
Cloves also induce relaxation in the oesophagus, which indirectly inhibits any chances of indigestion, irritability in the stomach, stomachaches, dysentery, diarrhea and overgrowth of the intestinal bacteria.
In addition, the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties of clove can also aid in the digestion process.
Some people also like to use cloves as a mouth freshener.
5. Clove Oil to Bring Down Inflammation and Pain.
Often, muscle aches and joint pains can result in inflammation and immense pain. The pain and inflammation can be successfully controlled by topical application of clove oil.
- For this, you can either mix a few drops of clove oil in sesame oil or mustard oil, or you can take 5-6 whole cloves, pound them in a mortar and pestle and heat it in a pan. Then after you have cooled down the oil, use the oil for massaging the affected area.
This can be repeated several times every day.
Clove being an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, it soothes the pain. In addition, cloves also contain large amounts of iron, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids which penetrate the skin to heal the hurting tissue.
6. Cloves for a Stuffy nose, Sore throat and Sinus trouble.
Cloves are a warm spice. When chewing on cloves, you might have noticed how it generates instant heat in the mouth. Due to their anti-inflammatory, heat-producing and anti-bacterial nature, they effectively cure many more respiratory disorders including bronchitis, viral fever, tuberculosis, in addition to a bad case of a cough and cold.
- While the ancient trick of adding whole cloves to your tea has been a part of the remedies, most of us have grown up experiencing,
- chewing whole cloves or taking a steam with the hot water infused with a few drops of clove oil is another successful trick in the book to overcome a stuffy nose.
It is indeed surprising how a small piece of dried flowers can do to your health. However, these are only few of the health benefits of clove that have been highlighted. Potentially, there are still health benefits of clove that have still not been discovered.
Image Credit : Wikimedia
Major Nutrients Present- Nutritive Value of Indian Foods from National Institute of Nutrition.
Last Published on: Nov 27, 2015