Cloves consist of the flower buds of the syzygium aromaticum plant and are now cultivated in tropical regions worldwide. The clove resembles an evergreen tree, with short, lance like leaves and whitish pink flowers. The buds are picked by hand, then dried, before being added to herbal preparations. The main ingredient in cloves is an essential oil, which has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antispasmodic and anesthetic properties. It is the king herb for dental issues followed by ginger.
In TICM, cloves or ding xiang are used not only for their delicious and earthy flavor but as a powerful healing tool. Cloves contain fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Meridians: Kidney, Spleen, Stomach, Lung.
Actions: warms the interior and expels cold to alleviate pain, Relieves nausea, aids digestion, hiccups, vomiting, white vaginal discharge; warms and fortifies Yang, orning sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, cold belly, premature ejaculation.
Helps: dispel parasites, inflammation, regulate Blood sugar levels, excess appetite/cravings.
Clove Extract can be applied topically to help toenail fungus, toothache and even insect bites. You can use them to flavor warm beverages, roasts and desserts. They are a staple in Indian cuisine which I just find to be delicious. In one study, the compounds extracted from cloves were found to stop the growth of two types of bacteria that contribute to gum disease.
In Western medicine cloves are used for the following: dental pain, diarrhoea, appetite suppressant, nausea, vomiting, bloating, coughing, externally for muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, reduce fever, mosquito repellent, rheumatism, arthritis.
How to use Clove extract: begin with 1-2 drops and work your way up to 5 drops a day. For topical use, put 1 drop in 1 tsp distilled water to apply directly to the area.
Contraindications: those with febrile disease, internal heat and Yin deficiency. Consult with your doctor if pregnant or nursing.
Note: I use pure clove essential oil as my natural botox which I apply at night. If you do this please ensure you use sufficient carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. One night, I did not use enough carrier, that my skin got burn't. Clove is hot in nature and has the ability to burn the skin so please be careful. Frankincense, cinnamon and ginger oil are my alternative botoxes but also ensure you use a carrier oil please.