Cloves: 5 Health Benefits of Cloves
It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties.
This aromatic herb has been used for years in the gastronomic world. Thanks to its powerful smell and flavor, it is used as an aromatic herb to flavor all kinds of dishes. In addition, it is part of the ingredients to prepare different oriental drinks, such as chai tea.
It has various medicinal properties that help to deal with some medical conditions, it is also an important source of nutrients, such as vitamins A, E and beta-carotene.
Information from the Consumer Power portal indicates that this food has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for various health problems. For example, it would help relieve cold and flu symptoms, such as headaches, chills, and fever, since it is a natural antiseptic, antipyretic, and analgesic.
To this are added many other benefits that are attributed to it and that consolidate it as a home remedy option.
Ally of good digestion
A publication in the Mejor con Salud magazine , written by Daniela Echeverri Castro, indicates that one of the most important medicinal uses of cloves has to do with the digestive system, thanks to the fact that it has carminative and anti-inflammatory properties, thus preventing gas and indigestion problems occur. In addition, its extracts have given positive results in the treatment of ulcers.
To prepare a natural remedy for this purpose, according to the aforementioned source, the following is required:
- Five cloves
- A glass of water
- Boil the water
- When it reaches its boiling point, the cloves of pain are added.
- Remove the drink from the heat and let it rest for around 10 minutes.
- After this time, strain and consume.
- It is taken up to twice a day for three days in a row.
Due to its antimicrobial action, cloves can be used to treat infections caused by some types of bacteria, especially staphylococci and E. coli , or by fungi, due to its antifungal action, which would be related to the presence of eugenol, methyl salicylate, kaempferol, gallic acid and oleanolic acid, in its composition.
“These components seem to denature the proteins that react with the cell membrane of bacteria, altering their permeability and preventing them from continuing to develop and multiply,” specifies information from the Tua Saúde health portal.
Take care of the liver
This spice contains an active substance called eugenol, which is especially beneficial for the health of this organ. Its consumption can contribute to the treatment of fatty liver and the effects caused by oxidative stress, according to Mejor con Salud. For this purpose, a remedy can be prepared with five cloves, a glass of water and a tablespoon of honey.
To make it, add the cloves to a glass of boiling water, cover the drink and let it rest for 10 minutes, then strain and add a tablespoon of honey. It is consumed once a day, for two weeks in a row.
Eugenol is a substance that has been used for years in dentistry to reduce pain and inflammation caused by dental treatments. Tua Saúde points out that according to several studies, this effect originates “due to the suppression of prostaglandins and other inflammatory mediators, as well as the depression of the sensory receptors involved in the sensation of pain,” he specifies.
Regulates the pressure
The aforementioned website points out that there are studies indicating that the essential oil has a hypotensive effect, promoting muscle relaxation and dilation of blood vessels, reducing blood pressure.