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for Kathy's friends & their friends and Kathy's family & their family
Origin of Herbs:
Clove is the dried unopened flower bud obtained from a handsome, middle sized, and evergreen tree. The tree has a straight trunk and grows up to a height of 10 to 12 meters. The clove has been used in India and china, for over 2,000 years as a spice to check both tooth decay and counter halitosis that is bad breath. In percia and china, it was considered to have aphrodisiac properties.
Cloves have many medicinal virtues. They are stimulant. They are useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders and in relieving flatulence. They help stimulate sluggish circulation and thereby promote digestion and metabolism .In the Indian system of medicine cloves are used in various conditions either in the form of powder or a decoction made of them. Clove oil applied outwardly, has stimulating effects on the skin, producing heat and redness.
Cloves are very useful for treating cholera. About 4 grams of cloves are boiled in 3 liters of water until half the water has evaporated. This water, taken in draughts, will check severe symptoms of the disease.
The use of a clove in toothache decreases pain. It also helps to decrease infection due to decayed tooth, also relieves toothache.
Muscular cramps are often relieved when the oil of clove is applied as a poultice near the affected portion.
A paste of clove and salt crystals in milk is a common household remedy for headaches. Salt as a hygroscopic agent, absorbs fluid and decreases tension.
Clove are used as table spice and mixed with Chillies, Cinamon, turmeric and other spices in the preparation of curry powder. Clove oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, and bath salts and as a flavouring agent in medicine and dentistry. from here http://www.allayurveda.com/herb_month_september.htm
Vial depicting Clove Bud Essential Oil
|Botanical Name: Eugenia caryophyllata|
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Color: Golden Yellow/Brown
Consistency: Medium, Slightly Oily
Perfumery Note: Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
Aromatic Description: Spicy, warming yet slightly bitter, woody, reminiscent of true clove buds, but richer.
Possible Uses: Arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, sprains, strains, toothache. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 59-62.]
Constituents: Eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene, isocaryophyllene. [B. Lawrence, "Major Tropical Spices - Clove," Essential Oils, 1977, 84-145, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 157.]
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Safety Information: Mucous membrane and dermal irritant. Avoid in alcoholism, in haemophilia, in prostatic cancer, with kidney and liver problems and if taking anticoagulants. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 131.]
Clove Essential Oil has the highest anti-oxidant capability of any essential oil, perhaps one of the highest known for a food or supplement (read cautions before ingesting) - it has been included in some 'longevity' formulas for this reason.
Clove is a medium sized evergreen tree native to Indonesia. Clove buds are a widely used spice and flavor ingredient. Our Clove Bud essential oil is made from the immature buds and is the safest type of clove oil, but still should be use with caution (use in low dilution of 1% or less). The oil is a yellow liquid has a spicy, warm, sweet aroma with a fresh top note.
Clove essential oil is strongly antimicrobial, antiseptic, hemostatic and anti-inflammatory. Because of it's strong anti-parasitic action, Clove is also included in Dr. Hulda Clark's protocol for elimination of parasites from one's own digestive system (ground cloves are called for in the recipe - though we have found the oil to also be effective). It has also been found that a 0.05% solution of eugenol (clove oil's primary component) was sufficient to kill the tuberculosis bacillus.
Clove is also commonly used for numbing tooth pain, and may be effective in speeding the healing of mouth and gum sores. It is included in blends for joint pain, for its analgesic and warming properties. Clove oil can also be used to assist breaking of tobacco addiction by placing a drop on the tongue with one's finger.
More good reading here on clove http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clove
and here too http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/clove.htm
this site is always good read http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/cloves76.html
For recipes here are some teas with clove: lots of good read and recipes here http://www.candida-cure-recipes.com/clove-tea.html
http://www.recipezaar.com/305927 this is chai recipe-way too much sugar for me in this, but cut down the amount use stevia or splenda to sweeten, or organic sugars
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/clove-tea-cocktails-2005 very simple just cloves and water
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/SWEDISH-GINGER-CINNAMON-AND-CLOVE-TEA-1219436 this is a tea to help relieve phlegm and mucus from the lungs, tone the intestines, relieve gas, and stimulate the digestive system. The cloves also add a delicate aphrodisiac energy to this tea.