You might be wondering what is cloves and how are they used for medicinal purposes? Well, cloves are buds that come from an evergreen tree that have been used for centuries both in cooking and in medicine making. They are reportedly useful in everything from toothache relief to making cigarettes. While the whole and powdered forms can be tasty, the greatest benefits of cloves can be found in their oil.
Now don’t write off whole and ground cloves just yet. They can both be made into clove tea which is not only tasty, but also a fabulous transporter of all of the nutrients found in these spicy buds such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium and magnesium; all pretty powerful cloves health benefits. In fact, if you’re looking for a great source of organic vitamin C, consider using the powdered form of the bud to make clove tea. For people who are lacking in other nutrients, such as individuals experiencing a B vitamin deficiency, the tea made from this bud will provide you with many essential nutrients.
The benefits of cloves are not fully exploitable however until they are in the form of oil. Clove oil can be an effective adversary against candida overgrowth, help treat athlete’s foot, purify the blood, control blood sugar, assist with nausea, soothe an earache, and quickly quell a headache, according to users. While many of these uses remain untested, there is no disputing that the benefits of clove are real, and examples such as its use in general dentistry as an anesthetic are evidence of its ability to naturally relieve pain. In fact, clove oil can be applied topically (although is not a good idea for users with sensitive or broken skin and a dilution with olive oil is advisable) to treat wounds, infections and fungus. Its yeast fighting power may also relate to its effectiveness against candida, however there is still no substantial evidence that this is factual.
Before considering medicinal treatment for the benefits of cloves, be it in the form of tea or oil, consult with your naturopath or health care provider. He or she will be able to tell you if it is safe for you to use cloves and whether or not it will interfere with any medications that you are taking or health conditions that you have.