Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen also known as Syzygium aromaticum.  Found in both whole and ground forms, this versatile spice can be used to season pot roasts, add flavor to hot beverages, and bring spicy warmth to cookies and cakes.

You may know cloves as one of the main ingredients in gingerbread baked goods or a staple spice in Indian cuisine.

Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine. Clove is a common flavouring agent in foods and beverages when used as a food product, clove is not likely to produce health benefits or side effects. When used as a medicinal product, clove may produce both desired and unwanted effects on the body.

Clove has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating premature ejaculation when it is combined with other ingredients and applied to the outer skin of the penis before sexual intercourse. Clove may have been combined with other plants or extracts in a specific preparation to treat this condition.

Other uses not proven with research have included tooth pain, "dry socket" after oral surgery, mouth or throat irritation, cough, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea, and other conditions.

It is not certain whether clove is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Clove should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Clove is often sold as a herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

What is clove?

Originating in Indonesia, cloves are dried flower buds from the clove tree. They are a popular spice that people use in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes.

Their name comes from the Latin word clavus, which means nail since the shape of a dried clove resembles that of a nail.  People have used cloves in cooking and traditional medicine for many years, but it is only recently that scientists have begun studying their potential health benefits.  

Health benefits of cloves
Cloves have a variety of potential health benefits, proven from researches concluded using human and animals in test situations.  The research findings including:

Oral health
Cloves are the dried flower buds from the clove tree.
Researchers are studying clove oil as a natural method for maintaining oral health due to its effect on plaque, gingivitis, and bacteria in the mouth.

Researchers compared the effectiveness of a herbal mouth rinse containing clove, basil, and tea tree oil with a commercially available essential oil mouth rinse.

Both mouth rinses were effective against plaque and gingivitis, showing that they may help decrease oral inflammation and bacteria.  The researchers also found that the mouth rinse that contained clove decreased the number of harmful bacteria more than the commercial mouth rinse.

A study in mice found that clove extract and nigericin, a component of clove extract, reduced insulin resistance in mouse muscle cells.

Mice with diabetes that consumed nigericin also had less insulin resistance and improvements in glucose tolerance, insulin secretion, and beta-cell function.

Another animal study looked at the effect of clove bud powder on laboratory markers in a rat model of diabetes. They found that the blood sugar level was lower in rats that received the clove powder compared to those in the control group that did not receive the clove powder.

Many herbs and spices are high in antioxidants, which are chemicals that play a part in reducing damage to cells that could lead to cancer. According to Today’s Dietitian, “just 1/2 teaspoon of ground clove is said to contain more antioxidants than 1/2 cup of blueberries.”

In one laboratory study, scientists found that clove extract was able to slow the growth of multiple types of human cancer cells. Clove extract also increased cell death in colon cancer cells.

The same study also looked at the effect of clove extract on tumour growth in mice. Tumours grew significantly less in the mice treated with clove extract compared to those in the control group.

In another study, scientists looked at the effect of different preparations of clove extract on human breast cancer cells. They found that clove essential oil and ethanol extract of clove were both toxic to breast cancer cells.

The authors reported that cloves might have a beneficial role in the future of cancer treatment since they can cause cell death and slow cell multiplication.

Scientists have also studied cloves regarding their potential effect on obesity. In a study of mice, researchers found that clove extract reduced the incidence of obesity resulting from a high-fat diet.

Mice who received the clove extract had lower body weight, less abdominal fat, and less liver fat than those in the control group.

Clove and fresh milk mixed together is touted to be effective for men who have the problem of quick ejaculation.  35cl of fresh milk mixed with clove is recommended to be taken once a week.

Risks, side effects, and considerations
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, multiple hazards are associated with clove oil. It may cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, or an allergic reaction on the skin. It is also flammable and could be fatal if it is swallowed and goes into the airway.


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