Organic Cloves

They were native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia originally, but they are an indispensable part of many different cuisines today.

Cloves-they spiced up history:

Archaeologists have found evidence that this aromatic spice was used in Syria even before 1721 BC. In the 3rd century AD, a leader of the Han dynasty insisted his subjects chew on Cloves before they opened their mouths in his vicinity.

So profitable was the clove trade, that wars over the monopoly of clove production and distribution were fought in the 13th and 14th centuries!

Not sugar, but spice and all that’s nice:

The nutrients found in cloves include protein and dietary fiber. Cloves are also rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are also a source of vitamins C, D. E, K, B6, B12 and contain riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, and folate.

That something so small can be so packed so much goodness demonstrates the power of Mother Nature.

Grandma’s remedy for a toothache:

This is probably the most commonly known fact about cloves today.This is the reason that so many toothpaste advertisements revolve around this theme.

This little flower bud is great for oral health in two ways-:

First, it contains constituents like kaempferol and oleanolic acid which fight oral infections.

Second, it acts as a good analgesic or pain reliever. In fact,clove oil is the prime constituent of a many toothaches relieving products.

Cloves are used in cooking for their wonderful aroma. In addition,they are immensely good for digestion as they stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes. They also reduce flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia, and nausea.

Cloves are antimicrobials. They can help fight against serious diseases like Cholera which, in epidemic form, claim thousands of lives. Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera which often attacks the small intestine resulting in debilitating and life-threatening diarrhea. The eugenol in cloves combats and eliminates the parasites and bacteria which trigger diarrhea.

Boosting the immune system: is an extension of the anti-microbial quality of cloves as this spice keeps infections at bay. The principle of prevention being better than cure is relevant for conserving health and boosting immunity.

Cloves can fight against cancer: Cells are destroyed by the human system as a matter of course to maintain regular function and activity. This is called apoptosis. A hallmark of cancer is anti-apoptosis or the ability of cancer cells to avoid apoptosis or programmed cell deaths. Studies prove that the aqueous infusion of cloves has the ability to arrest the proliferation of cancer cells by causing cells with faulty DNA to die.

Use one or two cloves a day to keep diabetes at bay as compounds found in cloves help to increase insulin efficiency.

Clove compounds are good for heart health:

Cloves work in regulating triglycerides (or fats in the blood), LDL cholesterol and total serum cholesterol.They are also good anti- coagulants and help prevent blood clots.

Cloves are good for preserving good bone quality: as they are rich in manganese and vitamin K. Just 2 teaspoons of ground cloves covers 60% of your daily allowance of manganese.

Get rid of that headache by adding 2 drops of clove oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and some sea salt and gently massaging this on your forehead. This is way healthier than popping a pill.