Cloves are the strongest antioxidants in your home's spice cabinet - recipes

Cloves are irresistibly associated with the smell of Christmas pastries. The characteristic sharp, sweet and spicy aroma is indispensable for making gingerbread and mulled wine but cloves have many more uses and beneficial properties.

Cloves spice and medicine

The spice clove is a tropical evergreen tree in the myrtle family. Its leaves, flowers and bark exude an intense fragrance. Cloves are the still unopened pink carnation buds. They are harvested and dried in the sun over the hot wood.

Cloves [Syzygium aromaticum] is one of the most valuable spices used as a food preservative and medicine.

For thousands of years, cloves have been used successfully in Ayurveda to fight parasites, bacteria, viruses, and reduce pain and inflammation. On our continent, during the times of the plague, people tried to save themselves with clove oil. Medieval doctors tied themselves with ropes of carnations to avoid contamination.

Medicinal properties of cloves

Cloves are one of the richest sources of phenolic compounds: eugenol, eugenol acetate and gallic acid. They have the highest antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, they masterfully sweep away free radicals.

  • They have an analgesic and soothing effect

  • Anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, expectorant

  • They fight bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites

  • They inhibit inflammatory processes in the digestive tract

  • They improve brain function and memory

  • They regulate circulation and blood pressure

  • They stimulate digestive enzymes

  • They are beneficial for the liver and stomach

  • Studies have shown effectiveness in treating certain types of cancer

According to Ayurveda, cloves
  • dissipate chills and cold

  • disinfect the lymphatic system

  • have an energizing effect

  • strengthen the digestive fire

  • are used in diseases of the stomach and lungs

  • can be used as a stimulant, detoxifying agent

  • can treat nausea, fever and infections

Uses of cloves and clove oil:

  • Tooth, head and labor pains

  • Colds, fever, cough

  • Infections, inflammations,

  • Stomach ulcers, helicobacter pylori

  • Indigestion, flatulence, gas

  • Intestinal colic, cramps, diarrhea

  • Ulcers, wounds

  • Weakened immunity

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Cloves for medicinal use

Chewing 2-3 cloves

Helps with headaches, hypertension, toothaches, and throat infections. Refreshes your breath.

To relieve toothache, you can use a cotton ball soaked in clove oil.

Warming tea

A cup of warm tea with clove, ginger, lemon or lemongrass sweetened with honey helps with flu, colds and respiratory infections.

Sore throat, hoarseness

Mix the crushed clove with a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and a teaspoon of honey.

Eat with a spoon and let it dissolve in your mouth.

Muscle aches

Caused by contractions or neurological. We gently apply clove oil, bandage it. It brings relief quickly. We do the same with hives.

Clove water

Boil a few cloves for 10 minutes in water.

It helps with fever, rheumatoid arthritis, and removes metabolic toxins.

Powder for migraine, severe headaches

Mix in equal amounts freshly ground cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. Take 1 teaspoon of the powder quickly with a glass of warm water. Repeats after 4 hours if necessary.

Clove recipes

Clove olive

Put a few cloves into 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

After 12 hours, the fragrant olive is ready.

Olive has softening and analgesic properties. It soothes irritations, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. We lubricate sore feet, cracked heels, rough elbows. You can add 1-2 drops to the warm water for rinsing the mouth.


To a glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of honey, half a lemon and a pinch of ground cloves, cayenne pepper and ginger. It cleans the digestive, lymphatic and circulatory systems.

Cloves for parasites

We mix 100 g of freshly ground linseed and 10 g of cloves. We take 2 tablespoons of the mixture for 3 consecutive days in the morning on an empty stomach. Can be mixed with warm water or natural yoghurt. We take a 3-day break and repeat the cycle.

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