Cloves: Properties and Benefits

Cloves are the flower buds of the plant known as the Eugenia caryophyllata, an evergreen tree in the Myrtaceae family; the plant can reach 15 meters in height and is cultivated in several countries of southern Africa and Indonesia.

The plant that produces cloves begins to produce flower buds soon after the rainy season; early buds are light green in color, later turn to pink and then become red. It is when the buds turn pink that is collected and dried and then became cloves.

Cloves are well known and appreciated not only for their aromatic properties, but also for their therapeutic properties.

Cloves: Properties and benefits
Cloves are made from 6.86 % water, ash, fiber, fat, carbohydrates, proteins and sugars. Discreet the amount of minerals present in the cloves: calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, manganese, and copper.

With regard to the vitamins are present some B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, K and J.

Cloves (not only in the buds but also in the leaves and branches) contain an active ingredient called eugenol that gives the cloves the characteristic intense and very aromatic smell.

Benefits and Curative Properties of Cloves

Cloves have a high antioxidant power and for this reason they are a great help to counteract the effects of free radicals and slow down the aging of cells; due to the high content of polyphenols cloves also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Cloves also have analgesic / anesthetic properties and can be used to benefit from it in case of toothache; since ancient times it seems that the cloves were chewed just to pass the toothache.

Recent studies have shown that the cloves are in possession of bactericidal and fungicidal properties; in addition to these properties cloves have anti-infective properties that exert their beneficial in the treatment of the oral cavity, especially as regards the abscesses.

Finally cloves also have invigorating and tonic properties and help fight a state of exhaustion and headaches.
Cloves Curiosity
The plant that produces the cloves is native to Indonesia, where it seems it was already known more than 2.000 years before the coming of Christ; ancient aromatic and therapeutic properties of cloves were already known to the people of the time who used them to create perfumes and medicine applications.

The cloves, thanks to its antiseptic and aromatic properties, may be used to replace the naphthalene or camphor in closets to ward off moths; just stick them in the peel of an orange and place it in the cupboards containing clothes.

Cloves can also be used to remove odors from the containers (glass jars, jars, etc...) that are not used for a long time; to do this you simply place 4/5 cloves inside.

Ancient writings found in China say that the people at that time had to speak with the emperor were required to hold in the mouth a few cloves to freshen the breath.

In Indonesia, cloves are used to produce flavored cigarettes.

Cloves, due to their benefits, their therapeutic and aromatic properties, are used in aromatherapy to treat various ailments such as colds, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism and arthritis.

In northern Italy the cloves are used as an ingredient for the preparation of a hot drink made of red wine, mulled wine.

Currently cloves are mainly grown in warm countries of South Africa and Indonesia.

Due to their aromatic properties cloves are used in various parts of the world to flavor teas and infusions.

From a plant is obtained two crops a year of cloves and on average a plant produces about one kg of cloves dried at harvest.
Cloves and ORAC
The term ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) indicates the absorption capacity of the food against free radicals. To this purpose have been studied and examined many biological samples of foods in vitro and, based on the results, have been compiled in the tables with their values.

The cloves were found to be in the first place as regards the spices with a very high value that attests to the value of 314.446.

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Every 100 grams of cloves you have 323 kcal.
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