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Clove Buds (Caryophyllus aromaticus)

Description

Clove Buds are buds from the Clove tree (Eugenia arena), which is a very tall evergreen tree. This tree is native to the Pacific and in the islands of the Philippines and is also grown in India, Sumatra, Brazil and Jamaica. The Clove tree has a smooth, pale yellow bark. The flowers of the Clove tree are colored red and white that grows in small clusters. The Clove Buds, however, which are primarily used in the kitchen, is a dried flower bud of the Clove tree. The Clove Buds are used in many herbal preparations and it is mainly prepared through a process known as steam distillation. Clove oil which is extracted from the bud has 60 to 90% eugenol which is an effective antifungal, anesthetic and is also known to be an antiseptic.

History and Origin

The history and origins of the Clove Bud dates back to the Han dynasty in 207 B.C. to 220 A.D. when these buds were used as an astringent to mask bad breath. This herb was first used by Chinese medicinal practitioners to treat gastro intestinal disorders, hernias, parasites of the intestines and to treat athlete’s foot. It was also well known to be used as a nerve stimulant and tonic for overall well being.

Ancient Uses

During ancient times, the Clove Bud had many therapeutic uses owing to its antiseptic and astringent effects. In ancient India, it was used to treat minor respiratory illnesses like cough, shortness of breath and also various digestive tract disorders. In Asia, the Clove Bud is used to treat malaria, tuberculosis and cholera. The Clove was considered a luxury herb when it first arrived upon the shores of Europe during the 4th century A.D. It was an expensive treatment for indigestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea episodes. It was also used to cure viral hepatitis, bacterial infections of the digestive system and hypertension.

Modern Uses

The Clove Bud has many therapeutic effects. It is used to treat respiratory disorders such as colds, influenza, whooping cough and infections of the upper and lower respiratory system such as bronchitis and pneumonitis.

There have been some studies in the use of Clove Bud and Clove extracts in the treatment of depression as well. It is known to relieve fatigue just by sniffing the spicy scent of this herb. It is also a stimulant, relieves drowsiness and increases memory. The Clove Bud is a well-known gastro intestinal remedy used for diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, vomiting and nausea. It is also used as an ingredient in insect repellants. The Clove Bud is used to disinfect dental procedures such as root canals, relieve tooth ache and studies in this field has led to conclusions that Clove Bud is also a treatment for plaque formation, mouth sores and mouth ulcers.

Side Effects

Although there is extensive research in the use of the Clove Bud, it is not advised for pregnant and nursing mothers. A high strength solution of Clove Bud is not recommended for children that are under the age of two years. It is also cautioned for people who are taking blood thinning medications since it may increase the effects of these medications.

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