05-27-2011, 05:32 PM
Cloves, that aromatic spice long used in our Christmas recipes and festiveness. Cloves are the dried unopened flower buds of an evergreen tree. Ground cloves are added to cakes and all sorts of apple desserts. Whole cloves are used like cinnamon, to add flavor to all sorts of beverages. Ham and cloves are a classic pairing during our festive celebrations.
Native to Indonesia, the Roman Empire highly valued the spice.
Chinese, Indian, along with western dentistry
use the spice as a painkiller for dental emergencies.
Clove oil is widely used in aromatherapy when problems with the digestive tract arise.
Applying clove oil on and above the stomach is said to warm the digestive system. Also offers relief of intestinal parasites, fungi and bacteria along with helping in respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis.
As noted above, applying clove oil on a problem tooth can relieve pain as well as help decrease infection with its antiseptic properties.
Clove oil has also been used in skin disorders, such as acne and pimples.
Recent studies have shown that cloves are at the top in antioxidant properties of spices.
WebMD States the following:
Clove seems safe for most people when taken in food amounts, but not enough is known about the safety of taking clove by mouth in larger medicinal amounts. Children should not take clove oil by mouth. It can cause serious health problems.
Clove oil seems to be safe when applied to the skin. However, frequent and repeated application of clove oil in the mouth or on the gums can sometimes cause damage to the gums, tooth pulp, skin, and mucous membranes.
Inhaling smoke from clove cigarettes is unsafe and can cause side effects such as breathing problems and lung infections.
Dried clove can also cause mouth sensitivity and irritation, as well as damage to dental tissues.
Clove oil is unsafe to inject into the veins. It can cause severe breathing problems and lung damage.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Children: In children, clove oil is UNSAFE to take by mouth. It can cause severe side effects such as seizures, liver damage, and fluid imbalances.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Clove seems to be safe when taken by mouth in food amounts. But pregnant or breast-feeding women should not take clove in medicinal doses. Not enough is known about the safety of using these larger amounts.
Bleeding disorders: Clove oil contains a chemical called eugenol that seems to slow blood clotting. There is a concern that taking clove oil might cause bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Surgery: Clove seems to be able to slow blood clotting, so there is a concern that it might cause bleeding during or after surgery. Stop using clove at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
My Christmas Friend