Cloves is far from only a spice.
My purpose in this article is to write on some more unconventional utilizations of Clove. I will concentrate on three of them. There are many other uses but to write on everyone of them would make this piece much too lengthy
Some if its properties are as follows: Aromatic, analgesic, anesthetic,antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, an antioxidant,antiseptic,aphrodesiac,astringent,cariminative,diaphoretic,digestive,expectorant rubafacient,stimulant,stomachic. There are many other properties, uses as well.
Some brief explanations of some of the properties. Aromatic: Contains a strong, usually pleasant odor. Analgesic Substance that relieves pain aka Anodyne. Anesthetic numbs physical sensation, Aphrodesiac. Helps increase intimacy. Astringent tightens pores. Carminative. Helps prevent excess gas. Diaphoretic produces or increases perspiration. Digestive Makes it easier to digest food. Expectorant producing saliva, spit. Rubafacient. Helps by it being rubbed against the skin and stimulating blood flow. Stomachic. Helps stomach.
Many, if not most people see clove as merely a spice for seasoning food or as essential oil to put on a sore tooth until one can get to the dentist. Cloves is much more than you may think.
It is most certainly aromatic. In fact it isn't only the buds with the pungent spicy smell. Its the entire plant. Because of its odor clove can used as an air freshener, a mouth and gargle and added to liquid soaps for to make certain one smells pleasant. Plus you'll know while you wash with or gargle you'll be utilizing its antibacterial, antifungal antiinflammatory actions.
Its quite easy to use this very versatile herb to make a room freshener, gargle, mouthwash. To make a mouth wash or gargle simply put two or three drops in water. Water should be preferably distilled or from a faucet with a water filter on it. Thats it. Important note. One should never under any circumstance take pure essential oil of any herb internally. They should always be diluted. Otherwise they are much too strong. Plus Clove does contain a volitile oil, Eugenel that can be toxic if overused. Overuse can irritate gums. Not to worry because in low dosages, if you're not allergic to it, is safe.
Room or air freshener. The only thing you need to do is open up the bottle and let it stand in an unobtrusive place. It will start being effective practically immediately. The benefit in this instead of merely masking stale or worse odors is you'll be getting a room freshener that not only refreshes but is antiseptic. The smell can be quite stimulating and can even be an aphrodesiac too.
So there you have it. Some unconventional uses for clove. Sources Herb books by Linda Rector-Page, Michael Tierra, David Hoffman, Brigette Marrs and my own personal experience.
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