Cloves (Eugenia caryophyllus, Syzygium aromaticus) originated from Maluku Islands, and today can be found in Malaysia, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. This evergreen tree has white flowers and large elongated leaves and height around 20 meters. The flowers are gathered when they are red in color and are dried in the sun covered with the leaves of the plant, getting the one characteristic red-brown color. This plant has a hot and aromatic flavor and distinctive strong and long lasting odor. Cloves that abound with ether oil (15-20%) are rich in eugenol, tannins, flavonoids and fatty oil. Except as plain spice, this plant is proved that:
- It improves digestion and liver function, increases appetite.
- Used for inflammation of the oral cavity. Acting analgesic and anesthetic in toothache.
- Great for refreshing breath.
- Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.
- It is used for relief of stomach problems as gas, belching, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- Allows for easier expectoration of mucus.
- In men, in the form of a cream, applied locally on the skin of the penis, preventing premature ejaculation phenomenon.
- Antibacterial essential oil against herpes, but also against other fungi.
Warning: Attendee eugenol slows clotting of the blood, and in combination with anticoagulants increases the chances of bruising and bleeding. A common use of clove oil can cause damage and irritation to the gums.