Cloves are replete with powerful antioxidants that help fight free radical damage and boost our immunity.
The oil obtained from clove is a good source of a compound called eugenol. The strong germicidal properties of clove help combat toothache, sore gums and ulcers.
Cloves are also enriched with antiseptic, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. The anti-inflammatory compounds help heal sore throats, cold and cough and headache.
The eugenol present in clove helps ease digestion; healthy digestion is key to effective weight loss. Clove also helps rev up metabolism naturally.
By fighting free radical activity, cloves may also help give you a beautiful skin.
In Srilanka, where you need no excuse to grab a cup of tea, it becomes very important for us to be mindful of the ingredients used. Tea in itself makes for a very healthy beverage, but the moment you throw in sugar cubes, it starts to lose out on nutrition.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can ‘healthify’ the tea drinking experience for you.
And you need not even look further than your personal kitchen cabinet! Yes, you heard us.
Our pantry is stocked with a range of spices that are packed with a number of benefits.
Strong of aroma and hot and pungent in taste, cloves are used to flavor many foods, particularly meats and bakery products; in Europe and the United States the spice is a characteristic flavoringin Christmas holiday fare, such as wassail and mincemeat.
During the late middle Ages, cloves were used in Europe to preserve, flavor, and garnish food.
The clove treeis an evergreen that grows to about 8 to 12 meters (25 to 40 feet) in height.
Its gland-dotted leavesare small, simple, and opposite.
The trees are usually propagatedfrom seeds that are planted in shaded areas.
Flowering begins about the fifth year; a tree may annually yield up to 34 kg (75 pounds) of dried buds.
Cloves vary in length from about 13 to 19 mm (0.5 to 0.75 inch).
Cloves are strongly pungent owing to eugenol, which is extracted by distillation to yield oil of cloves.
This oil is used to prepare microscopic slides for viewing and is also a local anesthetic for toothaches.
The winter spice may also help regulate blood sugar levels. A study published in Journal Natural Medicine,examined the hypoglycemic effects of cloves on diabetic rats and found promising results.
One effective way to reap benefits of cloves is by brewing it in tea.