Clove tree is a middle sized, evergreen tree. Clove is the dried unopened flower bud having many medicinal virtues. The flower buds are at first of a pale color and gradually becomes green, after which they develop in to a bright red, when they are ready for collection.
Botanical name : Syzgium aromaticum
Action : Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, great
for dietary, topical and aromatic use, antihelmintic, expectorant, etc.
Uses of clove :
The aromatic oils of clove have a stimulant and irritant effect. Clove can increase blood circulation and raise a person’s temperature slightly.Clove can be used to promote the flow of saliva and gastric juices. cloves can help to relieve the stomach pain, nausea, vomiting.Licking the powder of fried cloves mixed with honey is effective in controlling vomiting.It can relieve the pain in chronic rheumatism, muscular cramps, toothache
and lumbago.Chewing a clove with a crystal of common salt eases expectoration, relieves in the throat and stops cough in pharyngitis, inflammation of the pharynx.3-5 drops of clove oil mixed with honey and clove of garlic helps alleviate the painful spasmodic cough in tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis.
It is used to treat high cough.It’s great to keep on hand for cleaning and numbing small cuts and scraps.
Cloves are of course an important cooking spice and clove oil can used to prevent food poisoning, as it is able to kill some food-borne bacteria.
Cholera : 4 grams of cloves are boiled in 3 liters of water until half the water has evaporates.
Asthma : 1 tsp of decoction prepared by boiling 6 cloves in 3o ml of water, taken with honey, thrice a daily.
Earache : clove sauted in a 1 tsp of sesame oil and 3 to 5 drops of this warm oil put in to ear.
Stye : clove stub rubbed in water and then applied over the stye.
Headache : A paste of clove and salt crystals in milk is common for it.
Its oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, bath salts and as a flavoring agent in medicines.