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Natural Home Remedies, Cloves

Updated on June 28, 2013
Natural Herbal Remedies, Cloves
Natural Herbal Remedies, Cloves

Natural Home Remedies , Cloves

Cloves are the dried aromatic flower buds of a tree. Clove producing trees are native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. Cloves are used as a spice all over the world. Cloves are harvested mostly in Indonesia but they are also harvested in India, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka.

You may have seen cloves used to flavor ham or peaches but they are used all over the world for a number of culinary purposes. The clove tree is an evergreen tree and the flower buds are dried and used as a spice. My Grandma and Mother used cloves to give flavor to their baked hams and to their pickled peaches. I thought the hams were very delicious but my favorite was the pickled peaches. I thought pickled peaches with cloves was one of the most delicious things I had ever tasted.

Syzygium aromaticum is the scientific name of cloves. Cloves are used in their whole form where they look like little pieces of sticks and they are also used ground up. Cloves in either form are used rather sparingly because of their strong flavor. Cloves have been used in India cuisine for thousands of years.

Dried cloves are a main ingredient in masala chai, which is a spiced tea that is used and enjoyed by people from all over the world. In the United States the tea is sold under the name Chai or Chai tea.

In Mexico cloves are used along with cumin and cinnamon in various culinary dishes. Here in the United States cloves are used in spiced pickled peaches, hams, and it is used along with cinnamon and nutmeg in bread puddings and sweet breads.

In the Netherlands cloves are used in cheeses often along with cumin. Cloves are used in many popular dishes in Netherlands cuisine. In all of Europe cloves are used in mulled wines especially during the holiday season.

In Indonesia especially cloves are used to make a very popular cigarette. You can now also buy clove cigarettes here in the United States where they are very popular in the Indian and Indonesian communities.

Cloves are used to manufacture incense in China and Japan and incense made from cloves has been made and used in China and Japan for thousands of years. In China the essence of cloves has been used for thousands of years to manufacture certain kinds of perfume.

One thing you may not know is that cloves and orange peelings are mixed together and ground into a powder to keep ants out of peoples houses. You can take the powdered cloves and oranges and sprinkle the tops of fire ant hills and if you keep adding a fresh sprinkling to the top of fire ant mounds the fire ants will leave. If you find fire ants in your kitchen sprinkle the powdered clove and orange mixture where they are coming into your house and they will stay away.

In some parts of Europe large oranges have cloves pushed into them and the orange is then hung up in the house to give the house a wonderful smell during the holiday season.

In this photo are dried cloves.
In this photo are dried cloves.

More Uses For Cloves

In the United States clove oil is used for the emergency treatment of tooth aches. Clove oil will bring quick relief for toothaches. Put the clove oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the tooth that is giving you trouble. The clove oil will bring temporary relief for a toothache but it will come back so if you do stop a toothache with clove oil make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.Though the clove oil will help with the infection in a bad tooth.

Cloves Have Great Anti Bacterial Properties.

Cloves and clove oil have certain antibacterial properties. In Chinese Herbal Medicine cloves have long been used for various medicinal purposes. Cloves have been used in China and India for thousands of years for various illnesses.

Cloves can be used internally as a tea for various medicinal purposes. Current research into cloves and clove oil has found that the essential oils in cloves may help to cure or prevent certain cancers.

Cloves Are Great For Indigestion.

Cloves have been mixed with ginger and cinnamon to make a tea that is often used in some parts of the world for indigestion and nausea. Cloves have been used around the world for diarrhea, indigestion and nausea. Clove oil and clove oil tea is used for this purpose in much of Africa. There dried cloves are mixed with honey to make a powerful tea for indigestion. Women who have morning sickness are often given this tea to help prevent morning sickness.

Western research and studies have long supported the use of clove oil for the treatment of toothaches. Clove oil quite often works much better for gum pain and toothache pain but there is not the money in clove oil that there is in over the counter tooth ache remedies.

Clove Oil Will Relieve The Pain Of Toothache.

In the United States clove oil is often added to toothpaste, laxative pills, and in clove oil salves used for anti inflammation purposes. Clove oil is used along with zinc oxide to be a temporary filling for cavities in teeth. But you should keep in mind that while clove oil products will relieve tooth ache pain that the pain will return. So make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible or the tooth ache pain will return.

Cloves have been brought to the Middle East and Europe from Indonesia and India dating back 12,000 or more years. The spice trade is still important around the world but it was once much more important than today. Cloves and other spices were often traded for their weight in gold. The medicinal properties of spices like cloves wee once much better known than today. When modern medicine and the big drug companies became involved in medicine herbs and the uses of herbs was downplayed and people were told herbs were dangerous when most of the medicines developed and made in modern times are made from herbs and other plants. The big drug companies wanted their big money to keep rolling in so they warned people that herbal remedies were old wife's tales or bad information. But this was far from the truth. Herbal medicine and cloves work for medical purposes.

Clove Tree from where cloves come from.
Clove Tree from where cloves come from.

More Information About Cloves.

In case you don't know cloves and clove oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-fungus, anti-viral, and clove oil is one of the best things for toothache that there is.

The flower buds of a clove tree are dried and it's these dried flower buds that become cloves. Cloves are rich in antioxidants vitamin A and C. In some studies into these strong antioxidants there is now research results coming out that says that colon and stomach cancer may be stopped or slowed down by cloves and the essential oils of cloves.

Cloves are now being used for infections and for the care of wounds that will not heal. Other herbs are often used along with cloves to make herbal medicines. You can apply clove oil to insect stings and bites and it will bring almost instant relief.You can apply clove oil to a toe with toe fungus it will cure the toe fungus. It amazes me that more people don't know about all the wonderful things that herbs like cloves can be used for.

People suffering from acne can put clove oil onto a cotton ball and apply the clove oil to the areas of pimples or acne. The clove oil will quickly get rid of pimples. You can make a super acne mask by mixing clove oil into a pureed cucumber and put this mask onto your face and neck. This super acne mask will quickly clear up your acne. It really does work and often works better than any other over the counter or prescription acne medicine.

Clove oil or clove tea is an excellent stress reliever. It works great as a stress and anxiety reliever. You can drink your clove tea and you'll feel a lot less stressful. There are several types of clove tea being currently sold in the United States. Just be careful before you buy clove tea that you read the label on any tea product and that you know and understand exactly what is in the clove tea you are thinking about buying.

Clove oil can be added to catnip tea to strengthen it's effect for getting a person to sleep and to help keep the person asleep. Died hops can also be added to your homemade sleep tea and it works great. If you make a tea out of hops, clove oil, and catnip you'll have a tea that will work perfect for helping you to get to sleep and it will keep you asleep.


Don't use or give clove products to women that are breast feeding or pregnant or to children that are under two years of age.

You can mix just a little clove oil with ground sea salt and apply it to your forehead and it will relieve almost any stress headache.

Clove oil is one of the best cures for indigestion that you will ever find. Clove oil has been used for thousands of years in China and India for indigestion. Chinese Herbal Practitioners said that clove oil was the best treatment possible for indigestion.

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About The Author: Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost

Thomas Byers has been an award winning Chef, Writer, and Herbal Researcher for over thirty years now. He has won over $50.000 in Chili Cook Off Contests. CLICK HERE for one of his favorite chili recipes.

Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost  has been writing at Hub Pages for over five years and he has been an award winning Chef , Writer, And Herbal Researcher for over thirty years. Be sure to check out all his Hub Pages.
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    • GinaBina4 profile image


      5 years ago from West Tennessee

      Great hub! Thank you so much for writing it. Very helpful. Do you happen to know if clove tea is ok for children to drink?

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes cloves and clove oil will get rid of ants. And clove oil works great for the toothache. Thanks for the comments.

    • BJC profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      I did not know about cloves to get rid of ants! Definitely have to try that one. Years ago when I had a severe toothache but couldn't get to the dentist for a couple of days, I put a whole clove, yes, a whole clove, onto the tooth and the pain eased up considerably until I got to the dentist.

      Great hub!

    • alipuckett profile image


      6 years ago

      I love cloves! The smell and the taste are among my favorites. I had no idea there were also so many health benefits!


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