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Clove Buds, organic 1oz

Clove Buds, organic 1oz


Clove Buds (Syzygium aromaticum)

Main Active Compounds in Cloves

The clove bud contains an unusual mix of compounds found in no other plant, giving the herb its unique medicinal properties. Cloves contain - among other compounds - gallotannins, triterpenes, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Oil derived from Cloves contains additional compounds including b-caryophyllene, eugenol, and eugenol acetate.

Medicinal Properties of Cloves

Dietary herbal use of cloves can aid in the relief of a wide variety of ailments, both internal and external. As a supplement, the spice can either be used in its whole form, ground form, or reduced to its essential oil.

  • Clove use can soothe and relax the inner lining of the intestines, aiding in digestion. It can also aid in quieting upset stomach.

  • Cloves can help the esophagus produce more phlegm and act as an expectorant, making coughs less severe and more productive.

  • Clove has been shown to have analgesic properties. This property is particularly effective for tooth pain. Whole clove can be applied directly to the gum in problem areas. The thin skinned membrane of the gums readily absorbs oil from the clove, providing topical relief from pain. Although less effective, clove can also be applied to outer skin to help with sun burn or poison ivy.

  • Clove can act as an antimicrobial agent, killing parasites and bacteria in the digestive tract. In appropriate dosage, it can help to relieve excessive gas bloating.

  • There is some evidence that certain compounds in clove act as antihistamines, keeping sinus passageways clear and open.

  • When the oil is applied topically, it can relieve pain from rheumatism, arthritis, or other inflammation-based pain.

Limitations of Use

  • Because of clove's anti-clotting properties, it should not be taken in medicinal doses with any other medicinal blood thinner or medication which prevents clotting. It should also not be taken by those who have a hereditary condition which inhibits blood clotting.

  • Medicinal-dose uses of clove should be discontinued at least two weeks before surgery.

  • Clove should not be used medicinally by children under 12, particularly when taken orally.

  • Take care when applying clove oil to the skin. The oil is extremely potent, and can cause rashes or burns if applied in too great a concentration.

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