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Health Benefits of Cloves

May 13, 2012  by: Sarika  Points: 12   Category: Health  Earning $0.80   Views: 1134

This article is about the health benefits of cloves and clove oil.

         

Health Benefits of Cloves:



Cloves are flower buds of an evergreen tropical clove tree which is native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia. Cloves are rich in an essential oil called Eugenol (70%) which is responsible for the strong aroma of cloves and also its medicinal properties. Some of the health benefits of cloves are:

1. Eugenol oil present in cloves has analgesic properties due to which it is commonly used to treat aches. Clove oil mixed with salt is applied to head which gives cooling effect and also provides relief from headache. Clove oil mixed with sesame oil is a remedy for earaches.

2. Due to their high content of flavonoids, cloves have anti-inflammatory properties. Aroma therapists use clove oil for the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis.

3. The major use of clove oil is in dental care. Being a natural analgesic and germicidal agent clove oil is used to treat dental pain, sore gums, mouth ulcers and other dental conditions. It helps remove bad breath and is a major ingredient in toothpastes, dental creams, mouth wash and throat sprays.

4. Clove is a natural anti-viral, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-fungal agent. Due to these properties clove and clove oil is used to treat cuts, burns, wounds, fungal infections, athlete''s foot and bruises.

5. Cloves are well known for their effects in promoting good digestion as well as metabolism. Their medicinal properties are very effective in treating gastric disorders like flatulence, loose motions and indigestion and thus promote digestive health. Clove oil also helps in the proper elimination of waste and toxins from the system. It is also known to relieve the discomfort of peptic ulcers.

6. Preliminary studies conducted using olive oil has shown promising results against skin cancer, lung cancer and cancer of the digestive system. Eugenol has shown to have some chemo-preventive properties which make olive oil a potential anti-cancer agent.

7. Clove oil works as a major stress buster. It is and aphrodisiac and has stimulating effects. It refreshes the mind by removing exhaustion, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Clove oil induces sleep and thus is also used to treat insomnia.

8. Clove oil is aphrodisiac in nature. Preliminary research has shown that clove oil might be used to treat premature ejaculation; however more research is needed to strengthen this claim.

9. Having germicidal properties makes cloves and clove oil important substances which can boost the immune system by increasing resistance towards different diseases and pathogens.

10. Cosmetic industry uses the antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and germicidal properties of clove oil. Clove oil is specially recommended to patients suffering from acne. Many beauty products and skin care creams have olive oil as an important constituent.

11. Clove oil also has blood purifying properties. Eugenol is powerful in preventing blood clots formation.

12. Clove oil increases body’s metabolism and blood circulation. Eugenol prevents the formation of blood clots and thus reduces the possibilities of a stroke.

13. There are many studies which claim that clove oil can provide protection against toxicity resulting due to exposure to environmental pollution.

14. Being antiseptic in nature clove oil works best against cuts, fungal infections, burns, wounds, athlete''s foot and bruises. In fact, in tropical Asia cloves and clove oil is used to treat conditions such as scabies, cholera, malaria and tuberculosis. It is also used to treat parasitic infestations and other infections.

15. Clove oil is also used to treat many respiratory conditions like coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. It is also anti-congestive and promotes relaxed breathing.

16. Cloves and clove oil are very effective against nausea, hiccups, motion sickness and vomiting.

17. Cloves and clove oil is beneficiary for diabetic patients as it helps in regulating blood glucose levels.

18. Stye is a painful inflammation on the eyelash which is very irritating and can disrupt proper functioning of the eye. Clove oil is one of the effective treatments and if applied to stye provides great relief against the condition.

19. Cloves are the richest source of antioxidant compounds compared to any food source. Antioxidants provide protection against oxidative stress and free radical damage which are the main reasons of aging. Being anti-oxidative cloves also provide protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer''s disease, and many more.

20. Clove oil is an antispasmodic agent and helps to relieve muscle spasms when applied topically near the affected portion.

Apart from their medicinal use and documented health benefits, Cloves are used for many other popular purposes like:

1. Antiseptic properties are credited to the use of olive oil in beauty creams, face masks and lotions.

2. Clove oil is a stress buster and also an antispasmodic agent. These qualities make it an excellent candidate for massage oil.

3. Cloves are excellent mosquito and moth repellants. Clove studded oranges are used to repel many kinds of insects in tropical climates.

4. Due to its aroma, soothing effect and antiseptic properties it is used in soap manufacturing. Olive oil is also used to make perfumes.

5. Traditionally clove was added in cigarettes in Indonesia. These days it is a new trend to smoke clove cigarettes as the smokers wrongly believe that the health benefits of cloves will nullify the ill effects of smoking.

6. It is presumed that sucking on clove can reduce the craving for alcohol. Olive oil is also used in aromatherapy for its soothing effect and distinctive aroma.




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