Benefits of Clove herb For Health Problems
Syzygium aromaticum Myrtaceae.
A native of the Spice Islal1ds, this tall, slender r evergreen can reach a height of 20m.. Its flowers grow in cluster and, if allowed to bloom, open into red and -white bells. However, mature trees are not often in full bloom as the flower buds are picked.for use as cloves. The tree docs not produce these cloves until it is 20 years old. It then remain Productive about 50 years.
Clove oil consists largely of eugenol, an anaesthetic and antiseptic substance. Cloves also contain tannins and flavonoids - cancerfighting antioxidants that also strengthen the walls of the veins.
Herbal practitioners use cloves to treat digestive complaints and oil of cloves for toothache.
The eugenol contained in cloves is their main active constituent. It is known to combat inflammation and bacterial and fungal infections, as well as being analgesic. Clove oil is the active ingredient in several mouthwashes and over-the-counter pain-relief remedies for toothache.
A paper published in 1999, in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, reports on cloves' efficacy against both bacteria and yeasts: Chinese physicians have long used the herb to treat athlete's foot - a yeast (fungal) infection.
Studies performed in Taiwan showed that eugenol reduces blood clotting and is also an effective antiinflammatory. Research published in 19B5 found clove oil to have a potent relaxant effect on the smooth muscle of both lungs and intestines. But because of this powerful sedative effect, an overdose of eugenol could have a depressive effect on the central nervous system.
Cloves are often combined with other plants to treat bloating, gastritis, dyspepsia and rheumatic pains. They are also incorporated into various, remedies to combat infections of the ear, nose and throat, and genito-urinary infections
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT gastritis, dyspepsia, rheumatic pains CLOVES Take 1-3g a day in a decoction.
TO TREAT toothache WHOLE CLOVES or CLOVE OIL Chew a clove three-or four times a day, or apply 3 drops of the essential oil on a cotton wool bud to the affected tooth and gum two or three times a day. See a dentist as soon as possible.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
The tree needs a tropical or glasshouse environment to thrive.
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