Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. The clove tree is an evergreen that grows to a height ranging from 8–12 m, having large square leaves and sanguine flowers in numerous groups of terminal clusters. The flower buds are at first of a pale color and gradually become green, after which they develop into a bright red, when they are ready for collecting. Cloves are harvested when 1.5–2 cm long, and consist of a long calyx, terminating in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals which form a small ball in the center.
- Cloves help improving digestion and metabolism as they improve slow circulation. Clove powder with honey in small quantities helps in controlling vomiting.
- Chewing a clove with a crysal of common salt eases expectoration, reduces irritation in throat and stops cough. Burnt clove is also an effective medicine for cough.
- Mix of clove oil and honey with garlic helps in reducing cough in tuberculosis, astma and bronchitis (to be taken before going to bed, once in a day).
- Boil clove in water and take with honey thrice daily as an expectorant for astma patients.
- Clove oil relives muscular cramps.
- For headache – take a mixture of clove and common salt in milk.
- Clove oil is also used in rheumatic pains, lumbago, neuralgia and tooth ache.
- Clove improves breath and relieves sore throat.