Clove- Natural Anti-septic

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Cloves are not our daily ingredients in our food. But in India it is used in certain food items and in sweets. It has many medicinal properties which is discussed here.

Medicinal properties of Cloves

Clove is the one of the oldest spices in the world. In India Clove is an important spice in the food. It is also used for the ailments as it has medicinal property. The word Clove is derived from a French word 'clou' which means nails. It gets the name due to its appearance.

History of Cloves:

Cloves are used by Chinese earlier and their usage has been recorded around 4the century BC. In 1721 BC, the cloves have been recorded in Syria. During Roman period, cloves and nutmegs are considered as the costly commodities. In the middle ages there was trade conducted between Asian countries and the Arabs through Indian ocean with the cloves.

Clove had the price equal to 7grams of gold during the Roman period and later on Portuguese tried and planted Cloves.


The clove tree is evergreen which would grow to 35feet height. The leaves are shiny and have tiny pores through which the fragrance emitted. The branches end have clusters of flowers.

The buds present in the branches are never blossomed to flowers. When the stem of the buds turn to fiery red from the yellow, they are plucked and dried. The dried buds are the cloves used as the spices and also for medicinal purpose.

Chemical constituents of Clove
The active component in clove is Eugenol. Eugenol comprises of about 70 to 90% in cloves and it the reason for the clove odour. Eugenol has anti septic and anti biotic property. It is mixed with zinc to form the cement substance in the dentistry.

The other contents in the cloves are Eugenin, Methyl salicylate, Vanillin, beta caryophyllene.

The clove oil extracted from clove has eugenol and it gives the medicinal property to the clove oil.

Medicinal value and its uses
Clove is a Natural Antiseptic. The anti-septic property is used for preventing the growth of bacteria in the oral cavity. In Asian herbalism treatment, Cloves play a vital role in increasing the circulation of blood to the lungs and stomach. The powdered forms of Cloves are used to treat nausea, flatulence, indigestion and dyspepsia. When there is a bronchial trouble and excessive secretion, Clove is a good expectorant.

Other than this, Clove is used to mouth refresher. It is a preservative for pickles. Clove oil is used in toothpaste, mouthwash
(Frontier Cloves Whole Certified Organic)
(Clove Bud Essential Oil.)

Photos taken from Google.


Clove, Natural Medicine

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author avatar A K Rao
20th Jul 2012 (#)

Very nice article about cloves! I think you should avoid using technical terms like, dyspepsia, expectorant etc. so that a common man can understand the article easily! ( there are many suitable substitutes for technical words! This is just my suggestion, please don't take otherwise!) Thanks !

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author avatar bharathiyar
22nd Jul 2012 (#)

Oh sure sir. I wish to get such reviews which improve my writing. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar A K Rao
22nd Jul 2012 (#)

So nice of you to be sportive! You are most welcome! Thanks !

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