There are no wonders why Indian spices enjoy attention all over the world for their aromatic taste and medicinal values. In this long list of wonder spices, cloves is worth giving a glance for its unlimited health benefits. From its miraculous result in toothache to its whole role as an anti-biotic, benefitting the body in different ways, we must know more about this spice to use it properly and reap its health benefits.
Nutritional benefits of cloves -
Cloves are enriched with dietary fiber, Vitamin C, E, K, and minerals such as manganese, calcium, magnesium, and iron. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-cancerous, antiseptic, and antiviral properties which helps to boost the liver, digestive, and immune system, also improve blood glucose levels, bones, skin, and oral health.
Cloves help you get healthy skin
The extracted oil from the flower of the tropical clove plant is enriched with healing and antibacterial properties. They prevent bacterial growth in the skin and cure skin problems such as acne, redness, inflammation, stretch marks, and more.
How to use clove for skin?
Apply cloves oil directly or mix with any cream or turmeric powder then apply on the affected area during night time. Don’t apply cloves oil directly if you have sensitive skin.
Keep your digestive system up with cloves
Cloves increase the production of digestive enzymes which help to reduce gas, nausea, and treat stomach ulcers. They contain high amount of fiber which prevents constipation and other digestive problems. For seasonal gastric infections as well, cloves come to rescue as a home remedy.
How to use clove for stomach issues?
To treat gastrointestinal issues in the best way, you can take cloves powder or roasted cloves with honey or eat cloves with betel leaf and fennel seeds.
Maintain strong teeth and fresh oral health with cloves
Cloves have antibacterial properties which improve dental and oral health. The anesthetic properties of cloves help to relieve toothache, sore gums, and ulcers. Regular use of cloves aid to restrict the development of bacteria, dental cavities, throat infections, and the amount of plaque in the mouth.
How to use cloves for dental health?
Clove oil is mainly used to promote oral hygiene, tooth health and fresh breath. It is available in the market. Soak some oil in cotton and press against the tooth in case of toothache. You can also chew one clove daily to prevent oral health issues.
Other benefits of cloves
- Improves immunity by increasing the amount of white blood cells
- Inhibits abnormal cell growth and prevents cancer.
- Helps in diabetes by boosting insulin secretion and keeping blood glucose levels under control.
- Alleviates throat pain, cough, cold, bronchitis, sinusitis and other respiratory ailments.
Side effects of cloves -
Cloves should be consumed in recommended amount. Excessive consumption of cloves can be harmful for the liver and gastrointestinal tract. Ingesting clove oil can be dangerous for children and adults too.
Some interesting ways to consume cloves
Plain clove tea - In a pan, add 2 cups of water, add 2-3 whole cloves or 1 teaspoon of cloves powder and boil it for 1-2 minutes. Sieve in a cup and have directly. Add honey or lemon as per your taste.
Masala clove tea with milk - In a pan, add 1 cup of water, add 2 cloves, 2-3 basil leaves, pieces of ginger and cinnamon, now boil it for 1-2 minutes. Add 1-2 cups of milk and again boil it for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and enjoy this masala tea for good health.
Use as flavoring agent - Cloves can be combined with other healthy spices or ingredients such as cinnamon, turmeric, cumin seeds, cardamom, bay leaves, black peppers, and fennel seeds to enhance the flavor of dishes as well as to boost overall health.
Always consult with your dietician or health care provider before consuming on a regular basis, especially if you have any liver problems, allergy and hemophilia (bleeding disorder). For pregnant and lactating women, cloves are absolutely fine, but they should not be used as a regular medicine.