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If you’re seeking a way to prevent cancer, solve periodontal issues or add more  zest to your sex life, clove may be the answer. Used throughout history and a  significant herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, clove is a common, but often  overlooked, spice.
With an exceptionally high oxygen radical absorbance  capacity (ORAC) and a multitude of crucial nutrients, clove is a major guardian  of health. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber and vitamins C and K as  well as calcium, magnesium and manganese, this distinct spice offers a potent  defense against many of the ailments plaguing us today. Manganese is of  particular interest, as it activates a variety of important enzymes within the  body and plays a role in fat metabolism. Manganese also stabilizes the nervous  system – thereby alleviating depression, irritability and anxiety.

Mitigating cancer, infections, asthma and more

Through numerous  investigations, researchers have developed a high regard for the healing  capacity of clove. Eugenol is the main bioactive element found in the spice.  Clove is remarkably successful in treating:

  • Candida albicans and bacterial infections
  • Inflammation
  • Periodontal disease
  • Erratic blood sugar levels
  • Asthma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Acne
  • Colds, influenza and sore throats
  • Head and lung congestion

Additionally, due to its high  antioxidant rating, clove has substantial anti-cancer properties. In lab tests,  isolated compounds of the spice were shown to suppress  mutagenic cellular activity.
Clove also alleviates sexual dysfunction.  Male albino rats were given an oral dose of clove extract once per day for seven  days. At the end of testing, the researchers concluded:
“The results  indicated that the 50% ethanolic extract of clove produced a significant and  sustained increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats, without any  conspicuous gastric ulceration and adverse effects. Thus, the resultant  aphrodisiac effectivity of the extract lends support to the claims for its  traditional usage in sexual disorders.”
The essential oil of clove is  effective in repelling disease carrying chiggers as well. A simple in vitro test  demonstrated that a 5 percent concentration of clove oil gave full protection  against the insects. The researchers believe clove oil “may be safer and more  economical to prevent chigger attacks than commercially available synthetic  chemicals, such as DEET that may have harmful side effects.”
Likewise, a  study at Mahidol University in Thailand discovered clove oil imparts a high  level of protection against mosquitoes. When the undiluted oil was applied on  the volunteer’s forearm, it provided 100 percent repellency for 2-4  hours.

How to use

For a sore throat or to promote oral health, dilute five  drops of clove essential oil in 1/2 cup water and use as a gargle.  Alternatively, a drop or two of the oil brushed in the mouth will reduce  bacterial and fungal load, alleviate tooth pain and help curb  gingivitis.
Topically, powdered cloves heal acne due to the antiseptic  action of eugenol. Combine 1 tablespoon each of ground cloves and raw honey. Mix  in a squeeze of lemon and apply the paste to the entire face. Leave on for 20  minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Clove can be consumed as a tea, tincture or  dried powder. For ultimate potency, purchase fresh, organic cloves and grind as  needed. To make clove tea, process 1 tablespoon whole cloves in a coffee mill  until chopped into small pieces. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the spice and  steep (covered) for 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten to taste with organic stevia  or raw honey.
About the author: Carolanne  enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be  the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne  has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living,  gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website  she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a  similar vision.
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