A clove is a herb that is normally used as a culinary accent, but it can be used as a powerful homeopathic medicine as well. The entire plant, including the bud, stems and leaves can be used to make medicine and home remedies. Dried cloves and clove oil contain elevated levels of eugenol that are an effective alternative to many modern medical ailments including digestive disorders, liver problems, diabetes, bone loss, inflammatory diseases, toothaches and headaches and skin problems.
Cloves are packed with minerals and vitamins including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin K. Cloves also contain other bioactive substances like flavonoids, hexane, methylene chloride, ethanol, thymol, and benzene to provide antioxidants, hepatoprotective, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here is a simple list of how cloves can be used in their homeopathic form:
· Cloves stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes and gastric acids that help digestion of food. This can eliminate indigestion and reduce gas pressure in the stomach.
· Cloves contain high amounts of antioxidants that help protect the organs from free radicals, especially in the liver.
· Clove extracts imitate insulin and help in control blood sugar levels in diabetics.
· Cloves include phenolic compounds that are helpful in preserving bone density and increase the mineral content in bones, boosting tensile strength of bones during osteoporosis.
· Cloves contain phenylpropanoids that have anti-mutagenic properties that can prevent DNA mutations.
· Clove contain compounds that improve the immune system by increasing white blood cell counts.
· Cloves have antibacterial properties potent enough to kill pathogens.
· Cloves provide eugenol that reduces inflammation and has the ability to reduce pain by stimulating pain receptors.
· Clove oil can help with sore muscles, arthritis and rheumatism.
· Cloves can help prevent gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.
· Cloves can be made into a paste that can eliminate headaches quickly and effectively.
· Cloves can be made into an expectorant and help reduce inflammation and expel mucus, aiding in colds, coughs and sore throats.
· Cloves are beneficial in eliminating candida, and clove essential oil is effective at killing intestinal parasites.
· Cloves can be used to help prevent acne breakouts by making a mask with ground cloves, honey and a few drops of lemon juice.
· Cloves can help relieve altitude sickness by thinning the blood and improving the oxygen supply to the brain.
· Cloves can be used as an air freshener as an alternative to chemical-based fresheners.
Cloves are available in whole plant or powder form, and should be used in moderation. Due to the high content of eugenol, excessive use may cause nausea, vomiting and blood clotting problems and should only be used for short periods internally. Clove oil should be mixed with another oil like coconut oil for most topical applications.