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Medicinal use of clove

 

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Common Names: Clove
Botanical Name: Eugenia caryophyllata
Family: Myrtaceae
Parts Used: Essential oil extracted from flower buds
Constituents: Volitile oil, Gallotannic acid, Eugenin, Gum, Resin

Medicinal Benefits

The clove tree is a small evergreen tree with shiny leaves and small flowers with a strong refreshing odor. All parts of the tree are highly aromatic. Used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The buds are picked and dried before blooming , and it is from these that the oil is extracted. Clove oil is virtually pure eugenol, a powerful, multifaceted phytochemical that numbs pain and kills bacteria and fungi. Cloves antibacterial power in employed to treat colds, dental abscesses, gum disease, earache and arthritis pain. Clove powder and oil are very effective in treating fever, problems related to the head, nausea, hypertension, disorders of the nose, sore gums, toothache, earache, chest pain, coughs, digestive problems, diarrhoea, cholera, intestinal worms, arthritis, backache, blisters, boils, burns, sexual debility and morning sickness in pregnancy.