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Benefits of Cloves; Clove Uses
Cloves are native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, and the word “clove” is derived from the Latin word for “nail”, clavus, as it resembles small nails with a tapered stem.
Cloves are the immature unopened flower buds of a tropical tree and are pink when fresh, but turn a rust brown color when dried. Whole cloves are used to stud hams and pork, as well as to enhance the flavor of game, especially venison, wild boar and hare. It is also an essential ingredient in a number of spice mixtures.
During the reign of the Han dynasty, anyone who planned to address the Chinese Emperor was expected to put cloves in his or her mouth in order to improve bad breath.
Traditional Chinese physicians have long used cloves to treat indigestion, diarrhea, and ringworm, as well as athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. However, contemporary herbalists recommend cloves for digestive complaints, and clove oil for toothache. This pungent spice is also said to be an aphrodisiac.
Clove powder is available from Herbco.com
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