Health Benefits and Nutritional Quotient of Cloves

As a child I wondered why my mother used dark colored pieces of wood and stone like substances in our food. I would call them sticks and stones and when I pretended to cook food for the family I would collect twigs and stones from the yard and add them to the food.

It was my understanding of spices. On growing up I realized the importance of spices in the kitchen and how they can be used to improve ones health. One such herb or spice that is of great value is Clove. It is a dried flower that is used in food preparations in order to add flavor, but its properties are way beyond merely adding flavor.

The spice is native to India and is also grown in parts of Indonesia; though they are now being grown in most parts of the world including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The aroma of the cloves is warm and sensual and it tickles the senses in a pleasant way.

Cloves are traditionally used to get rid of toothaches. In this case it is used in the form of oil. It is extracted from the dried flowers and applied onto the ailing tooth. You could also bite into a clove on the side of the mouth that has the aching tooth in order to get rid of the pain.

Cloves are also used to treat indigestion and cold and flu. It is also beneficial in the cure of any respiratory disease. Recent research has proved that cloves are beneficial in the prevention of cancers and lung diseases.

Cloves are also popular for their anti inflammatory properties and anti oxidants. Thus they are widely used in food preparations.

One must take care when using the oil if you are suffering from any sort of bleeding as the herb increases blood flow and thereby increases the amount of blood loss. When used in the form of cigarettes one must be careful not to consume it in large amounts as it can induce vomiting, create a difficulty in breathing and even lead to kidney failure.