Cloves are the dried buds of flowers from the evergreen tree Syzygium aromaticum which grows in tropical areas of Asia. As early as 200 BCE, envoys to the court of China brought cloves that were held in the mouth to perfume the breath during audiences with the emperor.
It has been used as a medicinal plant to treat a range of health disorders fro centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, as well as in western herbal medicine.
The main applications for this herb are for digestive disorders, diabetes management and pain relief in tooth ache as it has an anaesthetic and antiseptic action.
Stimulant, carminative, aromatic, pungent, warming
Antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic
Nausea, vomiting, flatulence, cough, bronchitis, oedema, chronic nephritis, urinary disorders