All You Need Is Clove

Discover The Little-Known Powerful Anti-Bloating and Digestion Boosting Benefits of Cloves



Cloves belong to the Myrtaceae or Myrtle family and are native to the Moluccas Islands, Indonesia and the Philippines.  They also grow in the wild in Brazil, the West Indies and India. Cloves are thought to be the first spice to be traded and along with nutmeg, were one of the most precious spices of the 16th and 17th century.

The medicinal properties of cloves were highly valued by both the Romans and the ancient Chinese. Although much prized in Ayurvedic medicine, this amazing spice is sadly not so widely used in the West.



Benefits of Cloves

Stimulating and carminative, cloves are used to treat many digestive problems like bloating, flatulence, indigestion and acid reflux. The active ingredients in cloves are also thought to stimulate the body’s enzymes and enhance digestion. Not only can cloves promote good digestion and assimilation, they also help relieve vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea.

Cloves have a high mineral content, including iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium, hydrochloric acid, phosphorus and potassium. Rich in vitamins C, K and A, they also contain high levels of manganese, as well as dietary fibre.

The medicinal properties of cloves are derived from its essential oil, which is extracted from the unopened flower buds. Just chew on a clove and you’ll have an idea of how potent and freshening it is! Actually, cloves are used today in mouthwash and it is said that Chinese officials would chew on cloves before meeting the emperor to freshen up their breath.

Not only efficient in fighting halitosis (bad breath), cloves are also used as local anaesthetic for dental fillings as well as for toothache relief. Clove contains an active component called eugenol that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties; combined with other components of clove such as beta-caryophyllene, it also make clove a mild anaesthetic as well as an anti-bacterial agent.

I recently suffered from severe acidity and acid reflux, and tried many home remedies including apple cider vinegar, but nothing seemed to work. I had read in the past about the benefits of cloves for digestive ailments and their efficiency in treating bloating and gas. I decided to give it a try, testing it on acid reflux as well… The result was astonishing! After chewing and sucking on a clove for 30 minutes, the burning sensation and bloated feeling completely vanished.


clovesA potent germicide and a powerful antiseptic with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, cloves are also used as a stimulating expectorant for lungs congestion.

Due to their blood circulation boosting effect, Cloves are used as a tonic and energizer in Ayurvedic medicine. They can be either chewed or boiled in teas. They are available whole, in powder form and essential oil.


Summary Of Benefits

  • Digestive and carminative
  • Expectorant
  • Analgesic and anaesthetic
  • Fungicide and germicide
  • Circulation boosting and blood purifiying
  • Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
  • Immune system boosting
  • Breath freshening
  • Cancer preventing
  • Stress relieving
  • Energizing and Fatigue relieving


How To Make Clove Tea

When buying whole cloves, break one to insure the oil inside is not too dry. That’s how you determine freshness.

Grind 1 tablespoon of cloves (for 1 cup of water) roughly with a pestle and mortar. At the same time bring a cup of water to the boil. Pour the boiled water over the clove pieces and let it seep for at least 10 minutes, or 15 if you want a strong brew. Strain and drink.

Alternatively, you can use clove oil. Mix 15 to 30 drops of oil in a cup of warm water and drink it up to 3 times a day in case of severe discomfort.

Caution: Clove oil and preparation are generally considered safe. However, please consult a certified therapist when using essential oils as they are potent and can interact with other drugs. Also consult your doctor before using cloves and clove oil during pregnancy or if breastfeeding. Refrain from using cloves before seeking medical advice if you have severe gastrointestinal problems.


By Lina Baker and Rand Khalil




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and is not intended as medical advice.
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