Scientific Name: Syzygium aromaticum
Distinct in flavor. Robust in aroma. Cloves may be a staple of the holiday season, because of their inclusion in spiced drinks and flavorful pies, but did you know they offer an array of health benefits that can yield wonderful results any time of year? The power of the clove is believed to assist in the alleviation of general pain and toothaches; relief from bacteria-based infections; and even treatment for some wounds. In fact, due to this mighty spice’s antimicrobial properties, whole cloves can even help to protect the liver, boost the immune system and preserve bone quality. It must be true then that healthful living is the spice of life!
Enhance the flavor in your favorite dishes and drinks, from apple pie to eggnog. Just remember that even in the height of summer, you can benefit from a little delicious and nutritious clove in your diet.
Whole cloves assist the digestive system by stimulating the secretion of our natural digestive enzymes. This process heightens the potential of the processes in our stomachs to more properly metabolize food, remove toxins, and utilize vitamins, minerals, and other substances. These same enzymes can relieve symptoms of flatulence, gastric irritability, and nausea as well.
Whole cloves contain helpful bioactive compounds that are proven to increase white blood cell count in the body. A natural antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory, they can help to treat wounds, lessen the effects of flu-like sicknesses and the common cold, and heighten the body’s overall response to injury and infection. This, in turn, can shorten recovery time and assist with any pain or discomfort associated with such issues.
A potent antibacterial and antimicrobial, whole cloves are an excellent purifier for the skin. Helping eliminate the inflammation caused by pimples and breakouts, they can also be used to tighten skin, exfoliate pores, and relieve irritation. Together, these benefits can also help to ease symptoms associated with other skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, poison ivy, and staph infections, and even aid in the reduction of scar tissue.
An excellent source of carbohydrates, as well as a good source of zinc, sodium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, D, E, K, as well as several B-vitamins, whole cloves are a true nutritional powerhouse. Their blend of phenolic compounds and flavonoids help preserve density and mineral content in bone. They hold natural anti-mutagenic properties. Their unique fragrance may assist with exhaustion and fatigue, and also act as an aphrodisiac. And they can even help thicken hair and stave off the effects of male pattern baldness.
There is evidence to suggest that the use of Cloves dates back as far as 1,721 BC Syria. It's even been told that some Chinese leaders within the Han Dynasty required everyone to freshen their breath with the flower buds before addressing them. They were traded by sailors and merchants in the Middle Ages and eventually became a common ingredient around the world. Yet, up until more recently, they only grew in the Moluccas, a chain of islands known as ‘The Spice Islands’. Now that it has expanded to other regions, it can be found in everything from pies to soups.
If stored correctly, our Cloves have a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.