Cloves: Must Know Health Benefits, Side Effects & How to Use in Daily Diet

Commonly known as laung in India, cloves are dried flower buds. Native to Indonesia, cloves are used extensively for flavoring curries, ketchup, pickles and sauces. Moreover, these tiny flower buds have many health benefits too. Traditionally used in Chinese culture as an aphrodisiac, cloves have been in cultivation in India for more than 100 years.

Having covered the various benefits of cardamom in our earlier blog, let's spice it up today by knowing health benefits of cloves, side effects & how to use in daily diet 


 

Anti inflammatory properties:

The anti inflammatory properties present in cloves helps relieve aches & pains in body joints. Clove oil or extracts of this wonder spice also helps provides relief from conditions like inflammation and any body pain in general.

Helps in treating acne:

The presence of compound called eugenol in extracts of clove like clove oil helps fight acne causing bacteria. Moreover the anti inflammatory properties helps soothe the skin when applied in face masks & reduce inflammation.

Rich source of antioxidants:

Cloves are a rich source of antioxidants that help protect organs from the harmful effects of free radicals. Bodily functions like metabolism & harmful effects of pollution increases free radical production. The antioxidants present in cloves help protect health of major organs like liver by negating the harmful effects of these radicals.

Effective remedy for toothaches:

Suffering from toothaches? Placing a single clove on the aching tooth can relieve toothache & pain. Moreover, an approved dental anesthetic, clove oil is an effective remedy for toothaches, sore gums, and more oral issues. However do note that consulting a dentist is a better choice for chronic oral issues.

Helps in treating acne:

The presence of compound called eugenol in extracts of clove like clove oil helps fight acne causing bacteria. Moreover the anti inflammatory properties helps soothe the skin when applied in face masks & reduce inflammation.

Helps Prevent Cancer

Studies show that the  anti carcinogenic properties present in cloves helps prevent various type of cancer. Furthermore, adding cloves to your daily diet can help fighting other diseases by boosting immune health.

Benefits of drinking clove water:

Boost Gastrointestinal Health:

Feeling bloated or facing gastric issues after meals? Research shows that drinking warm tea made with cloves improves digestion. They also help reduce flatulence and soothe other digestive issues. As a matter of fact, studies show that certain compounds found in cloves can help reduce stomach ulcers and boost gastrointestinal health.

What are the side effects of cloves?

While consuming powerful spices like cloves, it's best to practice moderation. Eating too many cloves may cause skin irritation or itching. Additionally, studies show that excessive consumption  may also lead to sore gums or bleeding of gums.

How many cloves can I eat in a day? 

Limit eating only 2-3 cloves a day.

Is chewing cloves good for teeth?

Yes, research shows that chewing cloves is quiet healthy for gums & teeth. As a matter of fact, traditional Indian remedies encourage placing a clove between painful teeth.

How to use cloves in daily diet:

Add cloves to your fresh bakes like breads & cakes. Moreover, you can add them while making Indian tea to add a fresh flavour. Cloves are also an important ingredient while making garam masala , an important flavoring spice powder in Indian kitchen.

Where to buy cloves?

We at wicked spoon confessions have lovingly sourced premium spices from Kerala farms. Grown with loads of love & less pesticides, order these spices from the comfort of your home. Just whats-app us your order or write to us on contactwickedspoon@gmail.com. Local shipping charges apply.
 
Here is what you can order:

Cardamom 7 mm variety- Inr 350per 100 gms
Pepper- Inr 100 per 100 gms
Cloves- Inr 110 per 100 gms
Cinnamon (Vietnamese)- Inr 100 per 100 gms

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