Best Plants for Mind, Body & Soul pt II: CLOVES

cloves

Welcome back to our Best Plants for Mind, Body & Soul series, as we launch into part II with a look into the unique healing properties of cloves.

We turn to the healing properties of a wide spectrum of plants for spiritual and mental health balancing. Apart from providing the air we breathe and the food we eat- Plants provide countless medicinal functions including strengthening our immune systems, ridding our body of toxins, fighting disease, and much more.

Today, we will explore the idea of using cloves to help feed, heal, and grow both your mind and spirit.

There is a fast growing and promising field of study into the effects the Ketogenic Diet & Vegan Ketogenic Diet have on destroying cancer cells and reversing other chronic illness in the human body. These diets look to be very promising adjuncts or alternatives to conventional, pharmaceutical, radiation and chemo therapies.

We’re not going to dive too deep in the science behind the effects of ketosis (brought on by Keto Diet) and the benefits to fighting off disease and sustaining overall good health. With our next few articles, we looking at plants with peer-study proven results to help aid the human body in some of the most pertinent cleansing processes and diets.  Let’s begin this segment by looking at the almost innumerable benefits of cloves.


clove tree

Cloves

Cloves are the dried flower buds that come from the Syzygium aromaticum tree. This tree is indigenous to the Maluka Islands of Indonesia but are now cultivated in many places including India and Brazil.

Indian and Chinese traditional medicine has seen documentation of the extensive use of cloves and clove oil for over 2000 years.

Cloves became popular as a food preservative in Europe during the seventh and eighth centuries. Today, cloves are found in spice racks and grocery stores throughout the world, and a growing body of scientific evidence supports their use as a natural remedy against harmful microorganisms.

dried clove

Cloves contain eugenol, a powerful phytochemical also responsible for plant’s distinct aroma and flavor. Scientific researchers have repeatedly shown that cloves and eugenol are effective at establishing an environment that is resistant to harmful organisms.

Cloves contain several important vitamins and minerals, cloves are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that reduce oxidative stress, which can contribute to the development of chronic disease.

Like sage and oregano, cloves contain concentrated stores of antioxidants that encourage normal aging and immune system function and support cellular integrity at its most basic level.

cloves and fruit

Studied Benefits of Cloves

Benefits of cloves and the following positive results vary among individuals and you should never make a drastic change to your diet or try to treat a disease without first notifying your doctor.

Cloves can…

  1. Lower Blood Sugar
  2. Improve Digestion
  3. Protect and Fight against Cancer
  4. Relieve Stress
  5. Provide antioxidants
  6. Promote bone health
  7. Aid to Heal Wounds
  8. Be Used in Reduction of Stomach Ulcers
  9. Kill off bacteria
  10. Provide important nutrients

Cloves can easily be included with many dishes and as an awesome bonus cloves taste absolutely delicious!

cloves on orange

Tea drinkers can simmer whole cloves in boiling water for 5–10 minutes to make a soothing cup of clove tea.

Enjoy a good daily shake or smoothie? Try adding some whole cloves next time, you won’t be disappointed.

Cloves are delicious addition and more and more studies are linking cloves with many important health benefits.


Visit the following links for more information and source material on the scientific benefits of consuming Cloves:

Global Healing Center: The Health Benefits of Cloves

Healthline: 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Cloves

Natural Food Series: 17 Amazing Health Benefits of Cloves