Health benefits of cloves

Health benefits of Cloves

This truly sounds fun, thinking of the health benefits cloves makes my mind go to another level of nutrition. It’s very beneficial to our health. But first   and foremost   let’s see what cloves are;

Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae,  Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are available throughout the year due to different harvest seasons in different countries

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Cloves are a pungent spice found in savoury dishes, desserts, and drinks. Ground or whole cloves flavour meat, sauces, and rice dishes. Cloves are often used along with cinnamon and nutmeg in sweet dishes, especially “pumpkin pie” flavoured items for the autumn and winter holidays, and in drinks such as mulled wine, cider, or tea

Cloves are a spice made from the flower buds of an evergreen tree called, appropriately enough, the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum). Clove flower buds are harvested in their immature state and then dried. Whole cloves are shaped like a small, reddish-brown spike,  in length, with a bulbous can be used whole or ground, and they have a very strong, pungent flavour and aroma.


Cloves are commonly used to flavour hot drinks, such as hot apple ciders and mulled wines. They are a key ingredient in many tea spice mixtures and are often added to coffee in the Ethiopian coffee ceremony. In hot cocktails and mulled red wines, cloves often appear not only as an ingredient but also as a garnish, usually studding the peels of orange wheels and lemon wheels to bring out its purpose of health benefits. Cloves are also sometimes used in cold beverages, though this is rare. Clove Food Recipes

Cloves are used in a wide range of sweet and savoury foods. Some (such as gingerbread) are probably well known to you, while others (such as Peruvian purple corn pudding or vegan roasted chestnut soup) may not be so familiar. It is likely that you’ve tried cloves more times than you’re aware of — it makes appearances in everything from pork brines to Indian gram masala (a spice mixture found in many Indian curries and other Indian dishes).

How do you eat cloves

Cloves, of course, come whole and powdered. To eat whole cloves, you simply need to soften them first by soaking or cooking them in water. Try soaking 10 to 20 cloves in a small amount of water and using this water, plus the softened cloves, to your next smoothie. Try adding whole cloves to any soup or stew



Cloves contain fibre, vitamins and minerals, so using whole or ground cloves to add flavour to your food can provide some important nutrients.  Adequate fibre may benefit in your digestion and reduce your risk of chronic disease.


Cloves contain a compound called eugenol, which has been shown to act as a natural antioxidant.

Antioxidants are compounds that reduce oxidative stress.


Health benefits of Cloves

cloves may reduce cancer cell growth and promote cancer cell death.  clove extract helps stop the growth of tumours and promoted cell death in cancer cells.


One of the antibacterial properties of cloves is that it helps promote oral health. the compounds extracted from cloves are found to stop the growth of two types of bacteria that contribute to gum disease .cloves are used as a topical antiseptic /anaesthetic. Clove oil is used as a remedy for toothache and dental pain


Cloves are also high in antioxidants, which may help prevent liver disease due to their ability to help decrease oxidative stress


Health benefits of Cloves

clove extract and nigericin, a compound found in cloves, both on human muscle cells in this case Insulin is a hormone responsible for transporting sugar from your blood into your cells.


health benefits of cloves

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Cloves are also rich in manganese. Manganese is a mineral that’s involved in the formation of bone and incredibly important to bone health.


Cloves help treat stomach ulcers. It helps in the two types of ulcers which include; peptic ulcers, stomach ulcers are painful sores that form in the lining of the stomach

How do you store cloves

Storing whole and ground cloves in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark, dry place. Ground cloves may keep for up to three months.


Using a product containing clove to prevent premature ejaculation try applying it only on the outer skin of the tip of your penis. People who have used clove for this purpose have applied the product 1 hour before sexual activity and washed it off just before intercourse.

Do not use extra clove to make up the missed dose if at all you missed your usual dose.


The use of clove as a flavouring agent in foods is considered safe during pregnancy. However, it is not known whether clove used as medicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant. It is not known whether clove passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice. Clove oil taken by mouth can cause liver damage, seizure (convulsions), or other serious side effects in children.

Avoid continued use of topical clove if you or your sexual partner have severe genital irritation during or after sexual intercourse.

Avoid using clove together with other herbal/health supplements that can also affect blood-clotting. This includes angelica, capsicum, garlic, ginger,  horse chestnut,  red clover, turmeric, and willow.


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