Clove Powder-Usage & Health Benefits

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Clove Powder, being a very strong spice, should be used sparingly and stored carefully so it doesn’t lose its characteristic aroma or flavor. It is a nutrient rich spice, which contains dietary fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, iron, and is a good source of Manganese and vitamin C. The aroma, pungent taste, and many medicinal properties of clove can be credited to its essential oils and its active principle ‘Eugenol’. Commonly used worldwide as a toothache reliever and mouth freshener, here are some more ways to incorporate the benefits of clove powder in your life.


 


 


 


Uses of Clove Powder


Clove Powder is now found being used in everyday life as a spice as well as a medicine. Here are some come uses of the spice.


 


1. Food


Clove powder is used to flavor Indian, Mexican, Indonesian and Dutch cuisines. It is an integral part of certain desserts, curries, gravies, garam masala, breads, soups, pickles, sauces, spice, cakes and other baked items.


 


2. Medicinal


The active components of clove powder make it an excellent antioxidant, antiseptic, local anesthetic, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative, anthelminitic, anti-flatulent anti-inflammatory agent. It increases gastrointestinal motility and increases digestive enzyme secretions and promoted digestion.


 


3. Miscellaneous


  • Used in the cosmetic industry in the form of creams, soaps, lotions, perfumes and oils to cure acne, skin infection and for aromatherapy to reduce pain and stress.

  • Clove cigarettes (Kretek) found in Indonesia, are used in many parts of Europe, Asia and United States

  • Used in throat sprays and mouth washes


 


Health Benefits of Clove Powder


Benefits of clove powder have been known since time immemorial. It has been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, and now western herbalism and dentistry is exploiting it medicinal properties.


  • Prevents toxicity due to environmental pollutants like carbon tetrachloride

  • Relieves toothache - used in dentistry as a local anesthetic during root canal therapy, temporary fillings, and general gum pain

  • Improves appetite, digestion and peristalsis (gastric motility)

  • Prevents and cures infections- especially tooth, gum and skin

  • Used to cure skin problems like acne, pimples, bruises, prickly heat, scabies, severe burns, skin irritations, insect bites, stings, and to reduce skin sensitivity

  • Topically used to treat hypotonic muscles and in multiple sclerosis

  • May help reduce blood glucose levels

  • It is an excellent stress reliever and reduces fatigue

  • Relieves pain and inflammation – ear, joint and headache

  • Cures stomach related problems like indigestion, hiccups, motion sickness and  flatulence

  • Prevents nausea and vomiting – especially among pregnant women

  • Purifies blood and improves circulation

  • Antioxidant and antiviral properties boost immunity

  • Useful in treating premature ejaculation

  • Improves bowel – controls both constipation and diarrhea

  • Relieves respiratory problems including cold, cough, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, and tuberculosis


 


To know more about the spice do read our articles on Cloves and Interesting Facts About Clove.


 


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FitGal's picture
Cloves are one of the most wonderful ingredients in Asian cuisine. I have started using more of these recently in my cooking.