Cloves are originally from Indonesia and are primarily used for cooking. Cloves are rich in nutrients and essential oils, there are also many other benefits and uses for cloves. Cloves are an antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and are healing. Cloves are also recommended to treat flatulence, coughs, toothaches and bronchitis. Cloves also improve digestion which can help with weight loss. Eugenol is responsible for the smell of cloves and most of their medicinal properties. There are some studies of the positive effect cloves can have on digestive cancers and joint inflammation. The minerals iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium are contained within cloves. Cloves also have the vitamins A, K, C and beta carotene. In general cloves provide many health benefits, including: analgesic, antiseptic, relieve oral and throat pain, remedy burns, treat infections and wounds, improve circulation, detoxify blood, favor the whole body, stimulate immunity, are an expectorant for your throat and esophagus, stimulate metabolism, improve digestive enzyme secretion, ease nausea and stomachaches, lesson muscle spasms and cramps, strengthen nails, treat cold sores, prevent cavities, good for your thyroid, control cholesterol and cloves are anti-inflammatory. To treat internal health issues you should drink clove tea. Clove essential oil and clove extract can be used topically. Cloves can be dissolved in alcohol or water to freshen the air. When dissolved in water it can be used to rinse the mouth. Cloves should not be used by pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children under the age of six, people with gastrointestinal or neurological diseases. Test a small amount to check for allergic reactions.
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