Clove The Aromatic Spicy Medicine
Clove is one of the spices on which Indian cuisine is largely dependent on because of its flavour and aroma. It not only enhances the taste of the dish but also protects us from illness. These flavoured buds have been in use in culinary for about 2000 years in India. They are used in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations. They are sparingly used when used along with other spices, because cloves are very hot.
Cloves have wonderful medicinal properties. Nutrients like omega fatty acids, magnesium, calcium and phyto-nutrients make it a healthy spice. It prevents digestive problems by stimulating the production of enzymes. Apart from enhancing the digestive system, it boosts blood circulation and keep the body metabolism up. Eugenol oil in clove neutralises the effects of environmental pollution, while its anti-inflammatory properties alleviate painful joints.
► Due to its antiseptic properties Clove gives relief from toothache. Chew one clove slowly. This not only relieves toothache but also stops bad breath and gives a fresh feeling in the mouth. Dip small cotton ball in clove oil and keep on the aching tooth or gums to get immediate relief.
► Add 4 or 5 cloves to a glass of water and boil for few minutes, after cooling one can drink this water as a remedy for giddiness, vomiting, tiredness etc. It also cures asthma, flu, sinusitis, cough and bronchitis.
► A chemical called eugenol in clove destroys parasites in large intestine. It is a good medicine for diarrhoea and digestion related problems.
► If cloves are kept in mouth the desire for having hard drinks subsides.
► Add little sugar to 2-3 cloves and powder it, add a glass of cold water and drink for relief from the heart burn.
► Those suffering from cold, can put two drops of clove oil on the hanky and inhale. This gives immediate relief.
► Add seven clove buds to little water, bring the water to boil and take steam of it or else after cooling drink that water, for relief from burning nose due to severe cold.
► Antioxidants, present in cloves fights against harmful free radicals and prevents the attack of cancers, heart ailments, diabetes, arthritis, alzheimer etc. If we include clove in our daily diet it even helps in reducing the excess fat in the body.
► Another way of getting relief from severe cough is adding 5 or 6 cloves to a glass of water and bringing it to boil. After cooling add one spoonful of honey and take the drink two to three times a day.
► To get relief from joint pains and muscular cramps, add few drops of clove oil to mustard oil and apply.
► To treat acne, apply paste of few drops of clove oil and honey on the effected parts. Another effective way is to mix a few drops of clove oil with coconut oil and apply over the acne. It also clears all the left over marks.
► For curing pharyngitis, roast cloves and chew slowly taking in its juice.
Due to their fine aroma they are used even in Agarbatti (incense sticks). Clove oil is a good remedy for rashes, pimples, blemishes and for many other skin problems. It is even used as a mosquito repellent.
There is a caution for pregnant women, those suffering from gastric ulcers, bowel syndrome that they should consume as little clove as possible. Excessive use may damage their kidneys and liver.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna